Thursday, June 22, 2017

Boystown Robbery Alert Issued As Pride Parade Nears

Spectators watch the Chicago Pride Parade at Roscoe and Halsted in 2012 | nathanmac87 on Flickr
With Chicago’s Pride Parade just three days away,  police this afternoon warned about a series of street robberies in the Boystown area.

Area North detectives have linked four recent robberies in which offenders have approached victims on the street or alley, knocked the victim against a wall or to the ground, and announced a hold-up.

A knife was displayed in one robbery, and a handgun was implied in another, police said.

Two or three attackers have been involved in each incident. They are described as black males ranging in age from 16-35. One offender was described as being a black male dressed as a woman wearing a red dress.

The related hold-ups have taken place in the area bordered by Belmont, Roscoe, Halsted, and Racine:
• 1:30 a.m. on June 9 in the 3200 block of North Racine
• 3:35 a.m. on June 9 in the 3200 block of North Halsted
• 2:45 a.m. on June 11 in the 3200 block of North Kenmore (STORY)
• 12:01 a.m. on June 15 in the 3300 block of North Halsted
If you have any information about these cases, contact the Bureau of Detectives at (312) 744-8263.
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  1. I remember in the pre - gentrified late 70's - early 80's era when Boystown was "New Town", and Halsted Street was considered "dodgy" because of gang and other criminal activity. Eventually Sidetrack was established in 1982 and thus Boystown was born and grew. Now, with all of this crime stuff going on, I guess one could say "Everything old is new again"'s now definitely on my "no - go" list, along with Uptown.

    1. The only difference I would say is the the "dodgy" element in the 70's and 80's lived in the neighborhood. Now the dodgy element travels to the neighborhood from other parts of the city, attracted by the nightlife to hunt for victims.

  2. Tunneys sent out his tired little Weekly Reader publication today ... there was mention of "160 security officers" ... I wonder if these are all trained and certified to work as security agents (and what company is coordinating this, Walsh's outfit?) Also there was mention of the parade having 150 units (down from 2015's count) and it makes me wonder why he didn't cite the 2016 parade count, which as we all know was waaaay over what they projected last year. Well, it's not so much the parade itself that is bad (and indeed it is), but it's what occurs in the 'hood from about 11pm onward after the parade has long concluded. And what's up with 4:00am bars closing at 2:00am voluntarily? Why not ALL of them? I can tell you right now which ones will not close and will be blaring music and hosting obnoxious crowds outside their doors well past 4:00, 5:00, even 6:00am. And then early on Monday morning, Tunneys will be on Halsted, with a little broom, sweeping up trash (actually just pushing it into the street) as he did last year. Saw him moving down Halsted from Addison to Cornelia to Roscoe to Belmont, hoping for his little photo ops. I said hello AND offered to help and he didn't even acknowledge the presence of this taxpaying constituent. But hey, I'm just one person, right?

  3. It's become a three-hour political and commercial parade. The aftermath on Sunday night into Monday morning can be bloody. Escaping the madness and going to Saugatuck for the weekend. Good luck, y'all. Be safe and watch over your shoulder.