Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Lakeview Man Struck In The Head, Robbed Of $1,500: "The scurry of feet and yelling 'give us your sh*t!'"

A 36-year-old Lakeview man told police that he was struck in the head and robbed in the 600 block of West Wellington around 7:45 p.m. on Monday.

The man reported being robbed here, in the 600 block of W. Wellington
The victim called police around 9 a.m. yesterday to report the crime, police said.

“I was…walking home, minding my business texting on my phone but still as I always am trying to stay aware,” the victim wrote on Facebook yesterday.

He recalled being knocked to the ground by “what felt like a 100-pound bean bag….I fell flat on my face. Then the scurry of feet and yelling ‘give us your shit’ among many other obscenities.”

The man said he lost his phone, Apple watch, keys, and  “$1,500 I had been scrounging and hustling to get together for rent.”

“I am still shaken up and upset that something like this can happen in my neighborhood where I normally feel safe.”

The offenders were three black male teenagers, the victim said. “I’m guessing on age, but they were young…One was about 6-feet tall and wearing a gray sweatshirt with yellow stripe and black jeans. The other two were about the same height: one wearing blue jeans and black hoodie with red and black hi-tops and the other wearing black or dark blue pants with a black t-shirt with print on the front, he also had braids in his hair.” The final suspect was carrying a backpack.

Elsewhere

An Uptown woman was reportedly struck in the head, thrown to the ground, and robbed near Clarendon Park on Sunday evening. The attack happened at 4501 North Clarendon around 6:30 p.m., but police were unable to offer suspect description.

Bad Morning

A Boystown man awoke Monday to find an unknown person running out of his apartment with a backpack full of his property. The victim told police that the offender took his PlayStation, wallet, and miscellaneous valuables from his coach house apartment in the 800 block of West Roscoe around 9:30 a.m.

The offender is described as a black man between 19- and 21-years-old, 6-feet tall, who was wearing a red short sleeve shirt and beige shorts.
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28 comments:

  1. Mugged Monday night and reported the crime Tuesday morning? Something doesn't smell right here.

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    1. I know 3 people in LV who reported next day as they were in shock/ shaken up. Not to mention people encouraging them to report to police. This could be the case before questioning the victim.

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    2. "and hustling to get together for rent." - did he keep all his dates on the Apple Watch? That has got to hurt.

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  2. I wonder what the response to these crimes will be compared to our Alderdouche's noise complaint response?

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  3. Yeah, I always walk around with $1500 cash for my rent in Chicago too.

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    1. Right? He has an Apply watch but was "hustling" to get his rent money and all in cash? Something seems off with that whole thing, like there is a lot more to the story there. Glad he is ok but something seems weird.

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    2. EXACTLY. Sounds like he got set up to me.

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  4. “I was…walking home, minding my business texting on my phone ..... stopped reading right there.

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  5. “I was…walking home, minding my business texting on my phone but still as I always am trying to stay aware,” the victim wrote on Facebook yesterday.

    Umm...you should NEVER be texting while you're walking around this neighborhood. no matter how much you THINK you're paying attention, if you're texting then you're distracted...so no. Also, having your phone out if you don't absolutely have to is just advertising the valuables you have on you. All this while also carrying $1,500 on you that you've been "scrounging"m for "rent". Yeah, I'm gonna go ahead and at least SLIGHTLY blame the victim here. One might not be able to avoid being victimized, but there are certain common sense (you'd think) things a person can do to avoid raising their profile and attracting attention of would be criminals.

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    1. If you were minding your business then you would have seen this coming. Put the phone away.

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    2. This is the world you live in? I'd Turn into a mugger predator in a heartbeat. You have no right to a sane and civil life? Un believable that you justify this as the VICTIM of this crime's fault!

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    3. Yes, it's the world I live in. I've been mugged twice; both over 10 years ago and since then I've paid attention to news reports and blogs like this one telling me where and when crime is happening. I only leave my apartment with the bare essentials of what I need for that particular outing (less to be stolen from me if I am accosted). I only bring my phone with me if I'm absolutely going to need it and what I carry with me in my wallet changes depending on where I'm going. I never carry more than $50 cash, and that's usually on the day I'm getting a haircut, as the place I go to only accepts cash. Also, I never have my phone out when I have it with me and I never text while walking to/from anywhere (or on the train...though I feel somewhat safer on buses). I do everything I can to minimize my profile as a potential target and it's worked very well for me over the last decade. Do I like that I've had to resort to taking these measures and living my life this way? Not at all. But I've come to accept it as a price of living in the city. If I ever decide to not put up with paying that price, I'll move back out to the suburbs nearer to the rest of my remaining family. A little paranoia is a healthy thing. Remember, you're not paranoid if everyone else actually is out to get you.

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  6. You can't be out after 6:00 pm, everyone knows that!

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    1. 4:30pm in the winter. It’s dark then.

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  7. I man should be able to walk around with $10,000 in his pocket and a woman with her bare breast exposed without worrying about being assaulted. I guess that the more things change the more they stay the same. We're not back to blaming the victim--SJC philosophy.

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    1. 100% agree, The guy gets hit over the head, loses $1500 his watch and phone and yet some assholes have to speculate as to why he had the money and not a thought for the low life putrid worthless bottom feeding vermin who robbed him! Feckless idiots!!

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    2. Totally true, and now it's spreading to Streeterville. I do quite a bit of work in these areas and can attest that seeing a squad car, at any time, is a rarity. Chicago has become a dangerous city, that's for damn sure.

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    3. Nice fantasy world you live in. A woman can't even walk around fully CLOTHED without being harassed, in any city in this country.

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    4. If he had to "scrounge" for rent so bad why does he have an Apple watch? Why not sell it?

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    5. I think what those other people meant was that in this day and age, you have to be extra extra careful when walking around by yourself in this neighborhood. Maybe 10-15 years ago it wasn't an issue. But with the way things are today, unfortunately you have to change your ways. Our city has changed for the worse. You must adapt to your environment. Our environment at this time dictates that you have to be super vigilant when out, and yes that means not walking around with large sums of cash and keep your phone and other things hidden out of site. Now he most likely would of been robbed regardless, because everyone has a phone and some kind of financial means of paying for something, wether it be Cash or credit card. The villians know that and will jack you. They got lucky this time because he had 1500 on him. Either way something doesnt smell right with his story. Sounds like a possible deal gone sour.

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    6. man should be able to walk around with $10,000 in his pocket and a woman with her bare breast exposed without worrying about being assaulted.

      Not these days you can't. Huge difference of how things SHOULD be and how they really are.

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    7. You should also be able to "install" your air conditioner in the window of your first floor "condo" in a bad neighborhood by simply setting it on the sill and using an empty box of Cinnamon Toast Crunch to fill in the window void. Maybe slap a lil duct tape around it too to make it look truly secure.

      Hell, I always leave my keys in the car with my kids in the back seat while I run into Walmart "for just a minute". Never had a problem yet.

      There IS a line to cross regarding personal responsibility. There are these nifty doodads now called ATMs where you can withdraw cash in nominal amounts to get you through the day too. You don't even have to fill out any forms or anything and usually there's no line either. Oh, and paying your rent in cash is a bad idea. A very bad idea. Lakeview's notorious Beal Properties can't even get it right when you send them a CHECK 1.5 weeks in advance of the due date (and if you have to visit their office over on Damen to rectify the situation you have to be buzzed in the door. WTF are those wussies scurred of in fancy Wicker Park?).

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    8. Agreed! Some morons up here have Stockholm syndrome! Blame the victim, side with the criminals! SMH!!

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  8. Ugh!! Now we risk being attacked by 100 pound bean bags!!

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  9. My roommate had a gun put to his head right outside our door (Hamilton and Addison) this was last week, I don't think he ever reported it. They took his phone and wallet, luckily not his subway sandwich though haha. We didn't feel like there was much point to reporting it that night, not like the guys were getting caught. They went and bought a bunch of chicken with his debit card before it ran out.
    I thought the neighborhood was safe, it's bougee enough, I always went running at night, yeah those days are over. But for real don't carry around 1,500 dollars. Also scary that this happened at 7 at night, guess you're never safe in these wild streets

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    1. Lakeview has never been safe. Very common misconception. Sorry your roommate was assaulted, hopefully he's OK, that's a scary situation to be in.

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  10. Sounds fishy, I’m betting there is a go fund me for him somewhere now.

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  11. Today's young people are in disbelief that an adult could possess $1,500. Clearly it's the victims fault. There is no way a grown man could have that much money - AND his own watch!

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