Friday, November 24, 2017

Shoplifting Mob Hits Southport Store On Black Friday; Also, $500 Bail For Armed Shoplifter On Mag Mile

About eight thieves mobbed a Southport sporting goods store Friday afternoon, then fled with pricey winter coats.

The crew entered Uncle Dan’s at 3551 North Southport around 2:30 p.m., witnesses said. Four Canadian Goose brand coats were quickly scooped up and the entire team fled.

Canadian Goose’s website shows coat prices starting at about $500 and going as high as $1,700.

Police believe two get-away cars were involved. One was a blue Taurus with a temporary license tag that begins with 567T. It was last seen speeding northbound on Southport.

Descriptions of four primary offenders were available:
1) Male, black, early 20’s, 5’10 to 6-feet tall, 160 pounds, jeans.
2) Female, black, early 20’s, 5’6” tall, 120 pounds, jeans
3) Male, black, early 20’s, 5’9” tall, 160 pounds, jeans
4) Female, black, early 20’s, 5’6” tall, olive green jacket, maroon pants, white gym shoes.

$500 Bond For Allegedly Armed Shoplifter

Spencer | Chicago Police Dept
An Englewood man who was allegedly armed with a handgun when he tried to shoplift from a Michigan Avenue store last Friday morning is free after posting bail of just $500.

H&M security said they saw Ronnel Spencer using wire cutters to remove sensor tags from clothing that he proceeded to put into a backpack at the Magnificent Mile shop, 840 North Michigan. Spencer ran out the door, but was captured nearby

Police said they were escorting Spencer to H&M’s loss prevention office when he tossed a loaded .38 caliber handgun as they walked through the accessories department.

Prosecutors charged the 27-year-old with felony aggravated unlawful use of a weapon—concealed and misdemeanor shoplifting.

In court, Cook County Judge Anthony Calabrese set Spencer’s bail at just $500.
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Lakeview: Men Targeted In Separate Robberies Early Today

Two men were robbed in separate attacks early today, one in Wrigleyville and another near the Belmont Red Line station. No one is in custody. Here are the early details:

• A 49-year-old man was found lying in an alley and bleeding from his mouth in the 3100 block of North Sheffield around 3:15 a.m., police said. The victim was walking down the street when an unknown offender displayed a knife and punched him in the face, according to the police news affairs office. The robber took $15 from the victim and fled. No offender description is available. The victim is being treated at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center.

• Another man flagged down police and reported that he had just been targeted in a robbery attempt in the 1200 block of West Addison shortly after 4 a.m. Residents had also called 911 after hearing the man yell for help in the alley. The victim was only able to describe the offender as a Hispanic man who was last seen running north.

Other incidents

• The Thanksgiving holiday got off to a rough start Wednesday afternoon for a man who was robbed at knifepoint near the Diversey Brown Line station. Two offenders mugged the man of his black bookbag in the 2600 block of North Wilton around 3 p.m., police said.

Both robbers were Hispanic men—one wearing a white hoodie and the other a dark blue hoodie. They were last seen running southbound on Wilton.

• A Lakeview woman was robbed around 9:20 p.m. Monday near Roscoe and Seminary, according to police. A lone offender approached the woman on the street and took her large black leather purse before running away northbound on Seminary, a report said. The robber was described as male, black, in his 30’s or 40’s and about 6-feet tall. He was reportedly wearing either a hat or a hoodie.

• Four bold offenders pushed a woman to the ground, choked her, and ripped away her purse in Lincoln Park on Sunday afternoon. The woman was in the 2500 block of North Bosworth when the robbers attacked her around 4:45 p.m. The four were described as black men in their late teens or early 20’s. The primary offender wore a large brown jacket with a hoodie.
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Accused Boystown Peeping Tom Now Charged With Robbery On Michigan Avenue

A 25-year-old convicted felon who was charged with being a Peeping Tom in Boystown in September is now charged with beating and robbing a man downtown.

Brown | Cook County Sheriff
Jerry Brown of Woodlawn approached a 49-year-old man in the 300 block of North Lower Michigan Avenue around 2 a.m. on Tuesday and demanded the victim’s money, police said. When the victim said he didn’t have any cash, Brown punched him in the face and then went through the man’s pockets, taking $50 and a Starbucks gift card, according to prosecutors. Cops caught up with Brown near State and Washington a few minutes later.

He’s charged with one count of robbery. Bail is set at $25,000.

Records show that Brown was arrested in Boystown around 11:30 p.m. on September 2 after a woman reported seeing him peeking in her windows in the 800 block of West Aldine. He was charged with two counts of criminal trespass to residence and disorderly conduct-window peeping. The status of that case was not immediately available due to the holiday.

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COPS: Lincoln Park, West Town Home Invasions Connected; Alert Issued

Two armed home invasions, one in Lincoln Park and the other in West Town, have been connected to the same offenders, police say. Now, a community alert has been issued.

On Saturday, two men approached a Lincoln Park man on the side of his residence in the 900 block of West Wrightwood around 2:45 p.m. and forced him into his apartment.

Once inside the unit, the robbers bound the victim’s hands and feet before searching his home for valuables. An iPhone, $300 cash, and a silver ring were taken.

Two days earlier, the same men posed as delivery drivers to gain access to a woman’s apartment in the 1400 block of North Bosworth, the alert said.

As in Lincoln Park, the men reportedly walked along the side of the West Town victim's home and approached her as she stood outside with a dog around 7:15 p.m. At the victim's door, the two turned violent, pushing the woman into the apartment at gunpoint.

One of the men pistol-whipped and punched her in the face, police said. The two then demanded money from the woman and searched the apartment for valuables before leaving.

Police said one offender is a 20- to 25-year-old Hispanic man who stands about 5’8” tall and weighs about 150 pounds. The other suspect is male, black, about 5’10” tall and 160 pounds.

Both robbers covered their mouths with black scarves during the home invasions. In West Town, the Hispanic man wore a neon green reflective vest and carried an empty box that he claimed was a delivery. That man wore a tie-dyed t-shirt in the Lincoln Park incident.

Anyone with information about the cases is asked to call Area North investigators at (312) 744-8263.

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Charges Filed In Sunday Gunfire Near Clark/Diversey

Police at the scene of Sunday's shooting; Brandon Ortiz was arrested nearby. | Kimberly Eberl; CPD
 A 23-year-old suburban man opened fire in an alley near Clark and Diversey on Sunday afternoon, shooting out two condominium windows, but causing no injuries, Chicago police said today.

Robbery Team Beats, Robs ANOTHER Man Near Grant Park

Approximate locations of four muggings near Michigan and Balboa during November. | BatchGeo
Just days after police warned about groups of teenagers beating and robbing people near Grant Park, another man last night was attacked in the same area.

Monday, November 20, 2017

ATM Skimmer Found At Lakeview CVS; Dozens Found Citywide In Recent Weeks

An ATM skimmer was found Monday at this Southport Corridor CVS Pharmacy, police said. | Google
An ATM skimming device, planted to steal victims’ debit card numbers and PINs, was discovered at a Lakeview pharmacy Monday morning.

The finding comes less than a month after Chicago police announced that more than a dozen of the devices had been found recently in Lakeview, Lincoln Park, and downtown.

Cops: River North Robbery Crew Has Struck 3 More Times

Police say a group of men who’ve been beating and robbing people west of the Magnificent Mile has struck three more times in the past week, including once since a community alert was issued about their crime wave on Friday.

Police Commander Frustrated By Low Bail, Prosecutor Hurdles: “This has been going on... but it’s getting worse.”

Cmdr. Paul Bauer speaks at the annual meeting of River North Residents Association on Nov 14 |
By Steven Dahlman •

Arrests are up from last year but what happens after an arrest is what frustrates the commander of downtown Chicago’s 18th police district.

Commander Paul Bauer says there is a “high bar to prosecution” in Cook County, requiring Chicago police to get approval from the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office before a suspect can be charged.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

UPDATE: FOUND 'EM! Two Kids Missing From Lakeview, Police Say

Karlie (left) and Joseph went missing Sunday evening from the 1500 block of West George, police said. | CPD
UPDATE 10:22PM—The missing kids have been found by a Lakeview resident near George and Seminary. They are reportedly cold, but otherwise ok.

UPDATE 9:20PM—Police have located video of the missing kids walking eastbound in an alley of the 1400 block of West George around 4:50 on Sunday afternoon. Police are extending their search to the east.

Shots Fired Near Clark/Diversey Sunday Afternoon; Possible Drug Deal Gone Bad

Shell casings were found in an alley behind this building at Diversey and Orchard, police said.
A gunman opened fire during an apparent drug transaction Sunday afternoon in Southeast Lakeview, according to police and department sources. No one was injured in the incident, but two windows were shot out in a nearby condo building. A suspect is in custody and a handgun has been recovered.

*ANOTHER* Man Arrested With Gun On Recreation Drive; Second One This Month

Police say Cazares (inset) was found with this gun and ammunition on Recreation Drive. | Chicago Police Dept
For the second time this month, police have confiscated an illegal handgun while enforcing the city’s park curfew ordinance along Recreation Drive in Lakeview East.

Five Busted In Uptown Drug Sweep

Left to right: Dyrell Cooper; Tyron Cooper; and Jasmine Larking | Chicago Police Dept
A drug sweep targeting dealers along Argyle Street in Uptown yielded five arrests last week. The average age of the offenders? 49-years-old.

Ald. Harry Osterman (48) said the arrests “is an ongoing effort by the Chicago Police Department to address violence and narcotics sales in our community.”

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Home Invasion: Lincoln Park Man Tied Up, Robbed

Police are investigating a Saturday afternoon home invasion in Lincoln Park.

The victim told investigators that he was on the side of his residence in the 900 block of West Wrightwood when two offenders approached him and forced him into his apartment at gunpoint around 3:50 p.m.

Boystown, Lakeview: Five Attacked In Three Separate Robberies Early Saturday

Approximate locations of three robberies reported in Boystown and nearby Lakeview this morning. | BatchGeo
At least five people were wrapped up in three separate robberies in Lakeview East early Saturday. Two of the muggings were reported in the heart of Boystown. No one is in custody and only minor injuries were reported, police said.

Here is what we have learned from police:

Series Of Muggings Near Magnificent Mile; Alert Issued

Police are warning about a series of violent robberies near the Magnificent Mile. At least three cases have been connected to a group of three or four offenders, according to a community alert.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Not In Kansas Anymore: Lincoln Park Woman Carjacked Near Oz Park; Another Carjacking In River North

A woman was carjacked near Oz Park yesterday evening.
Carjackers took a woman’s car at gunpoint near Oz Park in Lincoln Park on Thursday evening. About two hours later, a man was carjacked in River North. Here is the latest from police:

• Around 10:05 p.m. on Thursday, a 30-year-old woman was parking her car in the 2000 block of North Howe when three masked men approached and one of them ordered her out of the vehicle at gunpoint. The offenders jumped in and drove away in her black 2009 Toyota Camry. The woman was not injured, police said. No further description of the robbers was available.

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COPS: Groups Of Teens Are Beating, Robbing People Near Grant Park

Three attacks by groups of teens have been reported near Grant Park, police said. | City of Chicago
Groups of teenagers are attacking and robbing people on sidewalks near Grant Park, police said in a community alert late Thursday night. At least five people have been attacked in three separate assaults since last Wednesday.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

$4K Taken In Wrigleyville Bar Burglary; Also—Uptown Prowler Busted By DNA

The Irish Oak in Wrigleyville was burglarized early Monday, police said. |
Burglars took an estimated $4,000 cash from a Wrigleyville bar early Monday as break-ins appear to be making a come-back in Lakeview East.

Lakeview Butt-Pincher Now Charged With Armed Robbery Of Old Town Cabbie

Vargas is charged with robbing a cabbie near the Sedgwick Brown Line station. | CPD; Wikimedia
Say hello (again) to Daniel Vargas. He sure has grown up since being featured on CWBChicago last year for pinching a woman’s butt and having a fake Green Card and bogus Social Security card in Lakeview.

Sunday afternoon, Vargas was riding in a cab through Old Town when he asked to be dropped off in the 1500 block of North Sedgwick, near the Sedgwick Brown Line station, around 2:45 p.m.

VIDEO: Chinatown Mugging Provides Lessons For All

This screengrab shows the victim being held at gunpoint. See full video HERE. | Chicago Police

Police on Tuesday released surveillance video that captured an armed robbery in Chinatown last week from start-to-finish. While the crime took place well out of our usual reporting area, the video provides valuable lessons for all of us.

The clip begins with what’s believed to be the offenders driving down West 23rd Street at 11:54 p.m. last Wednesday. Moments after the car is out of frame, a woman is seen walking down the sidewalk in the opposite direction. She’s not on her phone and she appears to be paying attention to where she’s going.

Another Lincoln Park Restaurant Robbed At Gunpoint

Another Lincoln Park restaurant was robbed at gunpoint after closing time Tuesday. The hold-up bore similarities to two incidents last month at a nearby late-night taco stand.

FBI: Ex-Teller Got $126,000 In Lakeview Bank Robbery

The Chase location at Sheridan and Irving was robbed on November 9. | Google 
For nearly three minutes, a former employee loaded $126,520 in cash from a Lakeview Chase Bank vault into a messenger bag while holding two tellers at gunpoint on November 9, police said. Now, a woman has been charged in the case.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Man Had Defaced Handgun On Recreation Drive, Cops Say

Nunez (inset) is accused of running from cops and having a defaced handgun in his possession.
The Town Hall Police District's efforts to reduce nighttime violence along Recreation Drive paid dividends early last Tuesday.

Officers patrolling the street and parking area near Rec Drive’s tennis courts and baseball fields at 2:30 a.m. came across a parked car occupied by two men.

Man Shot Dead In Uptown Monday Evening: "They ain't stop making guns when they made yours."

A photo of Deshawn Johnson, also known as Deshawn Jones, taken from his Facebook page. | Facebook
An 18-year-old man was shot to death in Uptown Monday evening, left lying among a string of over 30 shell casings that stretched for two city blocks.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Versace Shoplifter Runs, Hides In Dumpster With Stolen Purses Worth $6.6K

Chaquan Birdie allegedly stole two purses worth $6,600 from the Versace store on Rush Street. | CPD; Versace

A Mag Mile-area shoplifting suspect’s day turned decidedly down-market when he resorted to hiding in a garbage can with two Versace purses in an attempt to elude police, according to court records.

He failed.

Man Shot On DePaul Campus During Robbery Attempt

A 21-year-old man told police that he was shot during a robbery attempt in a DePaul University parking lot around 8:15 Sunday evening.

Officially, police said that “the man was standing in an alley when a male offender approached and attempted to rob him. The victim then heard a shot and felt pain.”

The victim was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital by a friend. He is said to be in good condition with a gunshot wound to his left thigh.

According to sources, the victim reported that he was in a DePaul University parking lot near the Fullerton Red Line when he was attacked in the 900 block of West Fullerton.

A police source said the victim described the offenders as a Hispanic man wearing a red jacket with marks on the front in the company of a short Hispanic female. They fled the scene in a gray or gold RAV4, the victim said.

DePaul University did not respond to an overnight request for information.

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Man Charged With Robbing Woman In Uptown; Also: High Bail For Violent Lincoln Park Shoplifter

Ontiveros | Chicago Police Dept
A Lincoln Square man grabbed a woman and choked her during a robbery last Sunday afternoon in the 4800 block of North Ravenswood, prosecutors said.

18-year-old Martin Ontiveros grabbed the woman near her home and took a purse, phone, and jewelry around 4 p.m., according to charges. A neighbor saw the robbery go down and called police.

Officers caught up with Ontiveros in the 4900 block of North Ravenswood, not far from his home.

He has been charged with one count of felony robbery. Bail was set at $2,000.

Banned From Center On Halsted, Man Returns And Batters 64-Year-Old Employee, Prosecutors Say

A man who has been banned from entering the Center on Halsted due to his behavior was arrested last weekend for violating the ban and attacking an employee at the massive LGBTQ service agency.

22-year-old Brian Henderson of the Auburn-Gresham neighborhood entered the center around 11 a.m. last Sunday and tried to steal an item from the reception counter, police said. He proceeded to push or punch a 64-year-old employee, causing the man to fall to the ground and suffer injuries to his head, right forearm, and face, according to police.

Police arrived and took Henderson into custody. The victim was treated at Thorek Hospital.

Henderson was charged with battery and criminal trespassing before being released on a $1,500 recognizance bond.

Henderson reportedly returned to the Center on Halsted again Thursday evening, but it was not immediately clear if police arrived in time to arrest him.

All in all, it looks like the Center on Halsted has had a change of heart about whether or not they want to co-operate with the police.

Last March, officers who pursued a theft suspect into the service center were told that they would need to get a warrant if they wanted to access the property.

One year ago, CWBChicago reported that center leadership had flat-out lied at community meetings when they said center representatives regularly appear in court when the agency or its employees fall victim to crime.

In fact, the center only appeared for one out of twenty-six court cases since 2013.

After an “intervention” by local police leadership and Alderman Tom Tunney, the center agreed to show up in court.

Records show that center representatives have shown up for five out of seven cases between November 2016 and August. The agency no-showed for Donovan Mylander in its most recent case.

We’ll be sure to keep you in the loop on the Henderson story.

COH Court Tracker

Here's a look at how the Center on Halsted has been doing since it promised local leaders that representatives would appear in court when the agency or its employees fall victim to crime. All information is based on Cook County Criminal Court records.
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NEW: Fake Uber Driver Robbed Second Man Last Weekend; Pile Of Robbery Proceeds Found

The Wisconsin woman charged with posing as an Uber driver to rob a Lincoln Park man at gunpoint early last Saturday pulled the same ruse to mug a man in River North just an hour earlier, prosecutors say.

Raymond | Cook County Sheriff
Nytina Raymond allegedly picked up her first victim at an Italian restaurant in the 200 block of West Grand around 11:30 p.m. on November 10. She then punched the victim in the face and robbed him of $100, his phone, and credit cards, according to charges

About 50 minutes later, Raymond and some juveniles picked up their second victim at Old Town Pour House, 1419 North Wells around 12:20 a.m. While driving toward the man’s Lincoln Park home, one of the juveniles pulled out a gun and demanded the victim’s phone and wallet, according to authorities. The crew forced the man to reveal his PIN number before releasing him, police said.

Police arrested Raymond and the juveniles around 2 a.m. at a Walmart in Niles. Cops say they found a pile of evidence: a stack of $20 bills totalling $1,240; $230 in miscellaneous cash; $698 in Walmart purchases; three cell phones; five credit cards; a pile of lottery tickets; and a 7.5-inch knife in the center console.

Raymond is being held without bail.

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Two Shot In Lakeview East Early Sunday

One shooting victim sought help in the lobby of this high-rise, 3900 N. Lake Shore. | Google
Two men were shot in Lakeview East early Sunday morning. Detectives were working to determine if the men were injured in separate attacks or a single incident.

Residents in the 3300 block of North Lake Shore Drive reported hearing six shots fired at 3:20 a.m.

Ten minutes later, a 40-year-old man was dropped off at Northwestern Memorial Hospital with a gunshot wound to his right arm. The man told police that he was driving southbound in the 3200 block of North Lake Shore and someone opened fire on him from another vehicle.

At 3:45 a.m., a man ran into the lobby of a high-rise at 3900 North Lake Shore Drive seeking help for a gunshot wound to his back. The 34-year-old told police that he had been shot just west of Lake Shore Drive on Irving Park Road, according to a source. The victim was transported to Illinois Masonic Medical Center for treatment.

Police officers who were engaged in a street stop near the 3800 block of North Recreation Drive did not hear gunfire in the area, raising suspicions about the second man’s story, the source said.

Both men were reported in good- to fair condition this morning.

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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Lincoln Park Church Burglarized; Also—Uptown Man Charged With FOURTH Synagogue Burglary

A Lincoln Park church became the latest North Side house of worship to fall victim to burglars. Meanwhile, an Uptown man who has been charged with burglarizing three Rogers Park synagogues was arrested this week—for burglarizing a fourth synagogue.

Here are the details:

COPS: Duo Used Grindr To Lure 9 Men Into Armed Robberies

Jackson (left) and Kirkman lured at least nine victims into armed robberies using Grindr, police and a source said.

Two men used the gay hook-up app Grindr to lure at least nine victims into armed robbery ambushes in Rogers Park since October 14, according to police and city sources. Police on Thursday set up a sting operation that led to the arrests and charging of the suspects.

Friday, November 10, 2017

WANTED: Big & Little Robbery Suspects

These men are wanted for the armed robbery of Big & Little's restaurant in Lakeview, police said. | CPD
New information this morning after yesterday's armed robbery of Big & Little's restaurant on Belmont. Police have issued a community alert and CWBChicago has learned more about the getaway car’s license plate number.

Here’s what’s new this morning.

Thursday, November 09, 2017

Video Released In Uptown Robbery, Battery Spree

Surveillance video has been released showing the attackers who targeted three men within 15 minutes in Uptown on Wednesday evening. CWBChicago reported on the attacks the same night.

Two Gunmen Rob Big & Little's Thursday Morning; Preschoolers Witness Get-Away

Detectives are investigating the Thursday morning armed robbery of Big & Little’s restaurant, 1034 West Belmont.

Armed Woman Takes "Substantial" Haul In Lakeview Bank Robbery

An armed woman took a “substantial” amount of cash from a bank vault during a take-over robbery in Lakeview this morning. No one was injured.

A bank surveillance image of this morning's offender. | FBI
Around 9:40 a.m., the woman displayed a black handgun to tellers at Chase Bank, 3956 North Sheridan. The woman entered the bank vault and stuffed an undetermined amount of cash into a satchel. A source called the amount taken “substantial.”

Sources said the robbery unfolded quickly, with tellers not having enough time to trip hold-up alarms before they were ushered into a back room.

A low-quality surveillance image of the suspect was released this afternoon.

Witnesses describe the robber as a young woman who was trying to appear older. She’s black, about 5’5” tall, thin, in her 20’s and she wore distinctive black lipstick, according to police.  Her disguise included an auburn wig with a pink bandana under a black cap; a long tan winter coat; black gloves, blue jeans, a pink nightgown and white shoes.

About four hours after the robbery, an FBI-Chicago Police task force arrested a woman at a Chase Bank near Boystown. Officials tonight would not confirm that the arrest was related to this morning’s hold-up.

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Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Group Of Attackers Beat, Rob Three Men In Separate Uptown Muggings Tonight

Approximate locations of tonight's Uptown attacks. | BatchGeo
Three men were battered and at least two of them robbed in separate attacks in the Uptown neighborhood on Wednesday evening.  The attacks all took place within 15 minutes and are believed to be connected to a single group of four men or teenagers.

The first robbery was reported around 7:30 p.m. by a man who said four black male teenagers battered him on the street near Buena and Clarendon. The offenders then fled eastbound toward Marine Drive.

Moments later, another man was beaten up and robbed in front of his home by four young men in the 700 block of West Bittersweet. The offenders then fled eastbound on Bittersweet.

At 7:45 p.m., a 50-year-old man was beaten to the ground by the same four offenders near Clarendon and Hutchinson. He was not robbed. The attackers fled northbound on Clarendon, police said. The victim was taken to Illinois Masonic Medical center for treatment.

Video surveillance of one attack showed the offenders were all 15-18 years old. Here’s what they were wearing:
1) white hoodie, jeans, white shoes, red backpack.
2) blue hoodie, dark jeans.
3) dark hoodie, blue jeans, white gym shoes.
4) dark sweatshirt, dark jeans
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Lincoln Park Carjacking Under Investigation

Chicago's fastest-growing crime, carjacking, remains red hot on the North Side.

Detectives are investigating an armed carjacking in Lincoln Park and an auto theft in Uptown on Tuesday night.

Around 7:30 p.m., an offender armed with a crowbar took control of a man’s Subaru Outback in the 2400 block of North Burling, police said. The vehicle was last seen heading southbound. Police said the carjacker wore a hooded jacket pulled over his head during the robbery. He is in his 20’s, black, about 5’10” tall, and 220 pounds.

Meanwhile, in Uptown, a juvenile jumped into an idling white Jeep and sped off, crashing into several parked cars near Leland and Clark. Police were flagged down and quickly found the stolen vehicle in traffic nearby. The teenage driver jumped out and disappeared into the yards in the 4600 block of North Beacon, police said.

Through August, “vehicular hijackings” were up 30% year-over-year and up 183% compared to 2015 citywide

The Loop saw a 1200% increase vs. 2015 with River North up 500%. The 19th Police District, which includes Lakeview, Uptown, North Center, and the north end of Lincoln Park, is up 200% compared to two years ago.

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After Beating Off-Duty Cop Into Unconsciousness, Parolee Gets Time Served Plus 8 Days

 Wilson battered an off-duty officer into unconsciousness. | Wrigley image via Pandamic Photo on Flickr
A parolee who battered an off-duty police officer into unconsciousness near Wrigley Field in June 2016 has been sentenced to time served plus 8 days by Cook County Judge Earl Hoffenberg.

The 28-year-old officer announced his office as he tried to break up a dispute on the corner of Clark and Addison at 12:40 a.m. last June 26. According to witnesses and audio recorded on a nearby webcam, the off-duty officer intervened when a disturbance between two men and one of the men's girlfriend escalated on the southeast corner of Clark and Addison.

Tremaine Wilson, 30, blindsided the officer, knocking him out, according to witnesses and a police report. Wilson fled the scene and was arrested nearby. He was charged with six counts of aggravated battery to a police officer and two counts of aggravated battery in a public place.

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At the time, Wilson was on parole after serving half of an eight-year sentence for carjacking. Last October, his parole was revoked and he returned to prison to await the outcome of the Wrigleyville case.

Last week, Judge Earl Hoffenberg accepted a plea agreement in which Wilson pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated battery in a public place and the other six counts were dropped. Hoffenberg sentenced Wilson to supervised release and one-year in prison off-set by time served awaiting trial.

He was released the next day.

Brutal Sneak Attack

The officer suffered a concussion, facial injuries, and a cut to his head, according to a source. He joined the police department four years ago after leaving the Marine Corps as a sergeant, the source said.

On the webcam audio, a woman was heard encouraging her boyfriend to leave the officer alone on the street:

"He’s the police," the woman says before first responders arrive. "You can’t help him. He’s the police! The police ain’t helping nobody!"

Video reviewed by CWBChicago editors showed the intersection of Clark and Addison bustling with traffic at the time of the attack.

The driver of Yellow Taxi cab 4737 sat in his car on Addison staring directly at the commotion. Two other cabs were also seen driving slowly past the intersection, but their vehicle numbers are not identifiable in the video.
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Monday, November 06, 2017

Arrests Made In Far North Side Synagogue, School Burglaries

Herek (left); McNeely (center); and Roxas are charged with burglary of a school or place of worship.
Officers who responded to a burglary call at Yakov Elementary School in the 3200 block of West Peterson last Sunday afternoon arrived in time to see Anthony Herek of Romeoville in the school’s maintenance room placing proceeds into his pockets, police said.

Charged With Shoplifting 8 Times This Year, Convicted Felon Keeps Catching Breaks

If someone told you that prosecutors chose not to file felony shoplifting charges against a defendant due to the person’s “prior criminal history,” you’d probably assume that the person had a relatively clean record, right?

Grothe | Cook County Sheriff
You’d be safe in that assumption in most places. But not Cook County.

Let us introduce you to John Grothe and his stroll through our local justice system.

In Illinois, it is a felony to shoplift more than $300 in a single event or in separate transactions over a period of one year. Also, shoplifting with a value of $300 or less is a felony if the defendant has a prior theft conviction.

So, let’s look at 45-year-old Grothe’s criminal history:

Teen Charged With Robberies In Boystown, River North

A second person has been charged in connection with an armed robbery near Boystown on October 14.

Talley | Chicago Police Dept
Police today announced that Alphanso Talley, 18, was arrested over the weekend and charged with robbing two men as they walked through an alley in the 3200 block of North Clark at 2:45 that morning. Talley demanded the victims’ property and battered the two men, ages 20 and 23.

Sunday, November 05, 2017

Man Robbed At Gunpoint By Fake Uber Driver In Lincoln Park; Woman, Two Juveniles Charged

Police said Nytina Raymond (inset) posed as an Uber driver to pick up a victim at a bar in Old Town.
A Wisconsin woman posing as an Uber driver picked up a man in Old Town early Saturday and then robbed him at gunpoint with the help of two juvenile males, police said. Police tracked activity on the victim’s debit card to arrest the three at a Niles shopping center about an hour later.

Friday, November 03, 2017

Duo Charged With Robbing 3 Men Last Saturday, Including North Side Brewhouse Worker

Robinson (top) and Stenson are each charged with three counts of robbery.
Two men have been charged with committing three armed robberies last Saturday night—one each in Lincoln Park, Lakeview, and North Center.

19-year-old Reginald Stenson of Evanston and 18-year-old Daveion Robinson were arrested at 11:20 p.m. on Saturday, about an hour after they robbed a Half Acre Beer Company worker on his smoke break behind the 4200 block of North Lincoln, police said.

Prosecutors said Stenson, Robinson, and a juvenile walked up to the worker with a black handgun and Robinson said, “give me your sh*t.”

The brewhouse worker complied and all three robbers fled the scene.

An alert police officer stopped the trio about 30 minutes later in the 4600 block of North Damen after seeing them with masks on their faces, authorities said.

Cops said they found the brewhouse worker’s cellphone and credit card in Robinson’s pants during a custodial search.

Also found in his pockets were a Samsung Note 5; an iPhone 6; and a Ventra card belonging to a man who had been robbed about two hours earlier in the 1900 block of North Dayton, police said.

Investigators also determined that some of the property in Robinson’s pants belonged to a sportscaster who was robbed at 9:45 p.m. Saturday night in the 1200 block of West Roscoe, records show.

Police said Robinson is a self-admitted Gangster Disciple street gang member.

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Court records show that Stenson was sentenced to two-years probation in February after he pleaded guilty to burglarizing a social service agency in Uptown of its master keys and multiple Ventra cards.

Since February, the state has asked to have his probation revoked twice: once after he was accused of burglarizing a CVS in Oak Park; and again after he pleaded guilty to trespassing at Northwestern University. The state’s request was denied each time by Judge James Obbish.

On October 6, police responding to a late-night burglar alarm at Casey Moran’s bar in Wrigleyville allegedly found Stenson walking out the back with two bottles of liquor. He was charged with theft of lost or mislaid property and released to await trial.

Both men have been charged with three counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon. A judge this week ordered them held without bail. No further information was available about the juvenile.
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Hammer-Wielding Thieves Smash Displays, Steal Luxury Watches In Water Tower Mall (Again)

For the second time in a month, thieves armed with hammers have walked into a Water Tower watch shop, broken display cases, and made off with luxury timepieces, police said today.

A group of offenders walked into Tourneau on the mall’s third floor, smashed the glass display case with mallets, and ran away with valuable watches at 11:40 a.m. on Friday.

Lincoln Park: Two Convenience Stores Robbed In One Hour

This store at 2710 North Lincoln was robbed around 10:20 p.m. on Thursday, police said. | Google
A gunman remains on the loose after robbing two Lincoln Park convenience stores in about an hour Thursday night. The offender’s description closely matches that of a man who robbed a third convenience store and a late night taco stand in Lincoln Park over the past two weeks.

Around 10:20 last night, an armed man walked into the 7-Eleven at 2710 North Lincoln and announced a robbery. He was last seen running westbound on Schubert, police said.

Then, around 11:20 p.m., a similar-looking man armed with a gun robbed the 7-Eleven at 2264 North Clark Street.

In both cases, the gunman was described as black, about 5’10” tall, with a goatee. He wore a black hoodie and dark jeans.

On Saturday, detectives issued a community alert after an armed gunman robbed a Halsted Street taco shop and a 7-Eleven at 2600 North Lincoln over the course of two weeks. Authorities have not yet connected last night’s hold-ups to the man in the alert.

This man is wanted in connection with the robberies of a taco stand and 7-Eleven in Lincoln Park | Chicago Police
The alert describes the suspect as a black man between 28- and 39-years-old who stands 5’4” to 5’9” tall and weighs 180-210 pounds. He has a black beard and has been seen wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt with black pants and a black jacket with white lettering on the front and back.
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Lakeview, North Center: Men Beaten, Robbed In Separate Muggings Since Late Wednesday

Two men have been beaten and robbed in separate muggings since late Wednesday night—one in North Center and the other near Wrigleyville.

Man Dead After Triple-Shooting Inside Uptown Starbucks; 12-Year-Old Boy Also Shot

One man is dead and two others, including a 12-year-old boy, are hospitalized after they were shot inside an Uptown Starbucks Thursday evening. No one is in custody.

The Starbucks is located near the Aragon Ballroom and Green Mill Tavern. | Google