Tuesday, August 22, 2017

HELL RAISERS: Mob Of Boys—Some As Young As *8*—Destroy Lakeview Stores, Try To Rob Woman In Boystown

The boys tried to rob a woman here, in the 900 block of West Cornelia, around 9:15 p.m. on Monday.
A mob of young offenders, some believed to be only 8-years-old, has been wreaking havoc around Boystown and Wrigleyville since Friday evening. They’ve torn up restaurants, threatened retailers, and even tried to rob a woman.

Two of the punks were detained last night, but perhaps as many as six others remain at large.

The boys also targeted Belmont Army at 855 West Belmont Monday.
Monday night’s mayhem began around 7:30 p.m. in the 800 block of West Belmont when a group of four boys, all under 15-years-old entered two retail shops. They stole merchandise from one store and threatened the staff at the other.

Forty-five minutes later, about six miscreants struck again at shops near Clark and Halsted.

Then, just before 9 p.m., a string of restaurants along Clark Street called 911 to report that a pack of teens had “destroyed” their businesses by throwing tables, chairs, candles, drinks, and other materials before running away.

Finally, the crew approached a woman in the 900 block of West Cornelia and tried to rob her of her phone around 9:15 p.m., police said. Six or seven boys, one as young as eight-years-old, swarmed and battered the victim near her home. They fled empty-handed, but the woman was left rattled.

All of the victims and witnesses describe the offenders as black boys wearing t-shirts and jeans. One wore a red bandana. Many were carrying backpacks.

The boy who led the robbery attempt was wearing a blue Cubs jersey.

While cops managed to scoop up a couple of the kids after the mugging attempt, the rest remain at large.

On Friday evening, Boystown resident Jack Hamilton saw the crew in action near Belmont and Clark Street.

“I was at IDOF and it was just awful. There were three young punks jumping through the windows, throwing their beverages all over the floor and making a mess. It was just awful. I feel so bad for what the local businesses have to put up with,” he said.

“I know the manager called the cops, but I doubt they were actually going to show up."

Police confirmed Hamilton’s account and said that the same group of boys is believed to be responsible for tearing up the new Target store at 3200 North Clark on Friday evening.

“These kids were kids,” Hamilton said.”young.”
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30 comments:

  1. This is the new world we live in If adults don't receive any punishment at all from state attorney Kim foxx you would have to be an idiot to believe these children or their parents would receive any punishment or prosecution. Not even worth the police to do an arrest report to be released in 60
    Minutes to have their juvenile criminal background to be erased clean upon turning 18

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    1. I agree that the parents should be fined and maybe even locked up. But these boys sound like they've already been kicked out of their house for destructive behavior. I hope there's surveillance camera.
      If this crime continues like this, we're going to see private patrols and young kids not allowed in stores by themselves without an adult....hey! not a bad idea.

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    2. Not a bad idea, but the PC way they will implement it will be. The real kids won't be allowed in either.

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  2. Kim Foxx remains the joke she always was. Thank you, all who voted for her /sarc

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  3. There is no mention of weapons. Why wouldn't an adult or employee of the stores grab these punks and detain them? If someone came to my table and grabbed my drink and threw it they would be down on the ground under my foot in a heartbeat. Why are we letting kids as young as 8 terrorize us?

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    1. You never know if they're carrying a firearm or other weapon. Even some of the kids as young as 8 are carrying. And even if not a pistol, one or more of their group might have a knife. I've not intervened on one or two ocassions, often when I'm with my family, out of fear.

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    2. Because nobody wants to become the Villain du Jour on the news being mean to those poor misguided youths rather than offering them on-the-spot mentoring and a full scholarship to private school for their behavior.

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    3. I think the threat of what "they" (the grievance mongers) would do is a good enough deterrent. Say an 8 year old comes into your restaurant and throws things and tries to steal stuff - you're the manager and you try to grab them. Well, you're now battering the "youth" and will probably lose your job and their parent(s) will deem you as a racist and will sue the restaurant.

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    4. They might shoot you.

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  4. It's not a new world, it's actually in the constitution. Minors are not criminally responsible under the laws of the State of Illinois and the USA.

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    1. This isn't true. The Juvenile Justice System will deal with 8 year olds. Even incarceration.

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    2. You are incorrect. Criminal justice system will only deal with minors over age 10.

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    3. 8 year old can't be arrested. Fool.

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  5. too bad these kids dont hang out in front of Tunneys office and house to slap and punch him

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  6. I don't want to live in Chicago anymore :(

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    1. I'm beginning to hate the place myself. Most of the things I liked about Chicago in the first place are gone anyways.

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  7. Oh for the days before child labor laws.

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  8. Wow, this is shocking. Surely Alderman Tunney must have responded quickly and forcefully. No? Maybe he's on vacation. Those young criminals better watch out when he gets back from vacation.

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  9. In the 1980s when juveniles were committing a disproportionated amount of violent offenses and homicides, the law changed to allow them to be tried as adults. Rather than a 16 year old who murders his entire family getting out of jail with an expunged police record at 19, he will get the death penalty or life--except, of course, in Illinois where he's considered a victim.

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    1. Well after all, a juvenile who murders his parents IS an orphan. We should all feel sorry for him.

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  10. It's that Washington statue that makes them do it.

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  11. Why isn't this story and the most of the others above it covered in the Tribune or local tv news? I know the knee-jerk response is going to be something about a liberal agenda, but the Trib publishes plenty of robbery/carjack stories, why not these?

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  12. C'mon out to the suburbs, before you get hurt. You will wonder what took you so long to do it.

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  13. You know there's video, if a white cop was rude in any of these places it would be all over the media.

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  14. Enjoy your liberal utopia...you voted for it

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  15. --- Oh c'mon, everyone lighten up. The boys was just funnin 'round. And no **real damage** was done, some cleanup is needed, that's all. Plus the business owners are 'rich' so they can afford to replace a broken dish or two.
    --- And I don't believe the boys tried to rob a woman. She probably said something racist to the boys and they reacted accordingly, just like anyone would.
    --- It's funny seeing that all the tolerant liberals are really prejudiced against blacks when their white neighborhood is 'invaded' by a few black youth. Shame on you all.

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  16. Now the police I pay for can't even protect the citizens from children

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  17. These kids are going to be adults in just a few years. If an 8 year old would jump through a window and destroy a restaurant...and a TARGET?! wait until they turn 18. Serious business.

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  18. Follow the money. Someone is paying them something to do this and will be found out when one of the perps are caught.

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  19. Oh hey, the almost-victim is my roommate. Those little fuckers. Now I wish she had chosen to press charges.

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