Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Robbers Shoot At Victim As Six Are Mugged Across Uptown And Lincoln Square Monday Evening

Approximate locations of Monday evening's robberies across Lincoln Square and Uptown | BatchGeo
An incredible streak of six armed robberies—including five within a half-hour—swept across Lincoln Square and Uptown Monday evening. In one robbery, a gunman opened fire, barely missing his victim, police said. No one is in custody.

The first robbery attempt was reported around 7:30 p.m. in the 4500 block of North Campbell in Lincoln Square. A resident was in his garage when two men entered from the alley, implied that they had a handgun, and demanded his valuables. The offenders searched the man’s pockets, found nothing of value, and fled, police said. Both robbers—described only as black men—were last seen heading southbound in the east alley of Campbell.

About two hours later, a string of five robberies was reported within 30 minutes along Leland Avenue.

• 9:40 p.m. at Leland and Wolcott: A man reports that three offenders in hoodies pulled out a handgun and tried to rob him. The robbery fails, and the assailants run eastbound. No report is filed.

• 9:45 p.m. at Leland and Paulina: A man is approached by three offenders who display a handgun and then take his phone and a blue Chicago Fire jacket. He describes the men as black and 23-30 years old: The gunman took his coat; the second was tall with a face mask, and the third wore a dark hoodie. The district did not have enough police to handle all of the incoming calls at the time and officers lost track of the victim after securing initial details. No report was immediately filed.

• 9:50 p.m. at Leland and Winthrop: A man was shot at during a robbery that patrol officers reported seeing first-hand.  Once again, three offenders—one with a bandana on the lower half of his face—approached the man, pulled out a gun, and demanded his property. For some reason, the gunman fired a shot at the victim before all three offenders ran away and jumped into a black sedan. Cops later recover a shell casing at the scene.

• 10:03 p.m. at Leland and Winchester: A Lincoln Square man is approached by three men in hoodies who produce a handgun and take his phone and wallet. All of the offenders wore hoodies, and the gunman had white lettering on his chest. The three are described as short black males between 15-20 years old.

• 10:05 p.m. at Damen and Giddings: Once again, a man reports that three men armed with a handgun took his phone on the street. The offenders—described as two possibly black men and a third of unknown race who was wearing a red bandana over his face—are last seen running southbound on Damen. All are very thin and may be in their teens, the victim says.
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44 comments:

  1. The police see it happen yet cannot apprehend them????

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    1. My thoughts exactly!

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    2. OMG! This is stark, raving madness! WTH??

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    3. they were at rahm's and couldn't leave

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    4. #1 attend to the victim to see if they are in need of medical assistance. Now if you want to complain the Dept is hiring the test is soon. Come on and show us how it should be done

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    5. I get it that the cops need to attend to the victim. It's still frustrating though. If I were the victim, I'd yell at the cops, "forget about me, I'm fine, get those mothereffers!"

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  2. Where do you get your information from? I live at Leland and Winthrop and there were no gunshots last night.

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    1. Then how do you explain the shell casing on the ground, the man who said he was shot at, and the calls from citizens of a gunshot being heard? Just because *you* did not hear it does not mean that everyone else is wrong.

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    2. PS--it was a .38-caliber that you didn't hear.

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    3. I live on Winthrop and Leland in the clover building and there definitely was a gunshot.

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    4. "Unknown" only accepts reality as its presented to him/her on CNN, I'm sure.

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    5. They usually can't hear what's going on outside when they have their home entertainment system's subwoofer set at level 10 to watch the evening news. I lived next door to her. It's possible all those newer "in unit" washers/dryers that have the capacity for a pair of jeans and 2 pair of panties causing them to run 24/7 is causing all that "white" noise too.

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    6. I live there, too. I called 911 because of the shooting. Police were there until midnight I think.

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    7. I guess if a tree falls in the woods and no one hears it, it didn't actually fall.

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  3. Clearly the risk of getting caught is so low that rather than deter these criminals it may be emboldening them. I am just wondering how these guys got away with out being caught after 9:50pm incident that was seem first hand by officers?

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    1. My thoughts exactly! I personally don't see enough police pressence. Even when I've called to report drug deals in our alley...nothing!

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    2. Well the 'clearance rate' fir murders is what, - under 20%. Your guess for what it'd be for robbery? Maybe 1 in 20. Maybe less.

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  4. Big fan of your reporting/insights. Was wondering if these robberies have actually increased over time in the area, and of course you have that data under one of your tabs "2017 & 2016 Robberies". The answer is yes - for the 16 year period 2001-2016 "robberies" averaged 172/year, but looking at the most recent 5 years (2011-2016) the average is 198/year, compared to the 10 year timeframe 2001-2010 when the average was 164/year. So the period 2011-2016 has seen an average of +20% more robberies/year than the timeframe 2001-2010. Note that 2011 is the year when we had peak number of police officers in the 19th district, per your graphic on the mainpage, and as we've had fewer PO's, crime has gone up. Looks like we have created a nice incentive (fewer PO's) for the bad guys to increase their crime rate. Oh, and this does not include your list of "unofficial robberies" which would likely make 2011-2016 robberies look even worse. Keep up the good work!

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  5. The levels of lawlessness are unbelievable. It's a free for all out there folks!

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  6. Teens and I'm sure the parents know what they are doing and careless till someone they rob turns around and shoot them dead and then ur see these parents on tv WHY he was only 16 why did u kill him.

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    1. That's exactly RIGHT. Or when Police shoot and kill one of them, then it becomes "HE WAS ONLY 15, HE DIDN'T DESERVE TO DIE"

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  7. The thing that amazes me about this is how they say the district didn't have enough police to respond to this. Yet when someone calls the police to Winnemac Park because has their dog is off leash playing with their little kids multiple police SUV's with multiple officers inside the vehicle roll right on in within 2 minutes to crack down on these "evil" people who let their dogs off leash in the park. Wow CPD. Really glad you can pull out all the stops to crack down on these furry 4-legged perpetrators but when there are six armed robberies within two miles of each other not one human being is brought into custody.

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    1. Winnemac park is in 020 district I believe not 019 which is busier and understaffed

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    2. My guess is that they write tickets to the dog owners, which creates revenue. Arresting the thugs who don't have a pot to piss in does not create revenue...quite the opposite, it costs money to put them in jail.

      My guess is that the police are getting their orders from above, to write tickets (generate revenue for the city). I know the cops want the dirt bags off the street, but our politically correct "leaders" would rather give these violent offenders as many chances as they need to "turn their life around." Disgusting.

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  8. Chicago Police is so incompetent, criminals don't even care. I tried to get the police to investigate a burglary video, with the guy clearly visible and caught red handed and I was turned back. The cop behind the desk said they "don't have the technology to look at that video". I told them it's on YouTube.com https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5FvqDdefcM

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    1. Call the burglary team in your district. Or the detective division phone number given to you as instructed on your victim information sheet. Or continue to blame others

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    2. A lot of these cops/detectives couldn't care less about protecting us or our property. Apparently, we are going to have to protect ourselves... by any means necessary.

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  9. Unfavorable media coverage of Laquan McDonald case left being a police officer an undesirable field of work. As only scrubs remain, crime rate only can go up. Don't buy into media portrayal of the police

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    1. It's all in the details CWB, it happened in front of 3 cops but 2 are PPO's meaning out of the academy and unfamiliar with the neighborhood. Also another robbery had just been comitted and most cars were still touring the area looking for the robbers and the district was in a RAP again. To all the brave keyboarsd warriors, the CPD test is in December sign up and see what really happens in this city.

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    2. "To all the brave keyboarsd warriors, the CPD test is in December sign up and see what really happens in this city."

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      We're consistently baffled by the number of Chicagoans who think there are legions of police officers on duty at any moment, waiting for the next emergency. Sadly, few learn the truth until they need the help.

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    3. More crybaby awful-cop defending bullshit. The Laquan McDonald shooting was a travesty, and heads SHOULD have rolled.

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    4. Let's make a deal: I won't blame CPD for being understaffed, which they clearly are, and in return I don't have to keep hearing this absurd crybaby s**t about Laquan MacDonald being the reason a cop can't or won't do the job.

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  10. how do we recruit the cops who shot Laquan McDonald down here to straighten out this crime BS in this neighborhood. I would welcome some trigger happy rogue cops here I would even welcome some trigger happy anybody down here.

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    1. FYI it was only one cop,who shot a drug addled,knife waving thief. He will have his day in court. He was not a trigger happy "rogue cop" . Get yourself a CCL and go out there and get trigger happy flash. Save the neighborhood.

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    2. What an awful thing to say -- "I would even welcome some trigger happy anybody down here." Wild west shoot-em-up tactics will not help the situation, which is complex. We crave simple explanations for crime increases (perpetrators are thugs) and simple solutions (shoot people who mug others), but accepting the former and advocating for the latter will not resolve anything. I want neither muggers nor vigilantes in my neighborhood.

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  11. Laquan was a career criminal that just broke into a trailer yard broke into a trailer then stabbed a cop car tire and refused to "stop" when told for blocks to stop. Laquan created the situation to die. I dont car he was shot once or 16 times he created his own death

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  12. These robberies have been happening for months now in this area. Why is it not a priority for police presence now! Damen brown line area, Lincoln square, and maybe look into the Lawrence hall school for boys, seeing as you have apprehended a couple near there!

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    1. Newsflash, it's not a priority! Not only is 19th district understaffed but now overtime has been cancelled citywide so you can forget about flooding the area with cops during key times. CORRECTION, overtime is still available on the west and south sides of Chicago. Now we know whos votes Rahm really cares about. But Rahm wants to let you know "thanks for the hike in property taxes, Lakeview."

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  13. I believe this is related: https://twitter.com/chicago_police/status/774378009876832256

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  14. Too many uncivilized and those who provide cover for the uncivilized.

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  15. Wow,just Wow.The amount of robberies in Ravenswood is staggering.Wake up people.Where is the alderman?Oh that's right running for governor.Nothing to see here,move along.

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  16. At the urging of my local beat officers, I just finished my CCL training. These officers (off the record of course) straight up told me that police most likely WILL NOT be there in time to save you. I took the class with Davad Defense and it couldn't have been more professional and informative. All instructors are current or former CPD officers.

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  17. They need to hurry and get these robberies under control, Christmas is coming soon it's only going to get worse

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    1. Put a gift certificate for CCL training on your Christmas list. You might need it. I don't see it getting any better in the short term.

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