Sunday, December 30, 2018

Rogers Park: Convicted sex offender charged with assaulting 12-year-old boy

Leslie Pieroni | CPD
A registered sexual predator who was convicted of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old in 2003 is now accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting another 12-year-old boy in Rogers Park last month, according to court records.

Leslie Pieroni, 49, who police said worked as a janitor in the boy’s apartment complex, threatened to kill the boy if he told anyone about the series of assaults, according to court records.

Pieroni was arrested at his home in the 1700 block of West Estes on Dec. 21st after the boy and the victim’s mother identified Pieroni, police said. The sexual assaults occurred on the same block, prosecutors said.

Beginning around Nov. 15th, Pieroni touched the boy’s private areas on “numerous occasions,” police said. When the victim backed away from one encounter, Pieroni allegedly said, “Come here! Come here. If you tell any one I’ll kill your family.”

Pieroni also sent text messages to the boy and ordered him to delete the messages after receiving them, police said.

Prosecutors charged Pieroni with Class X felony predatory criminal sexual assault of a child under age 13 and felony aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a child under age 13. Judge Sophia Atcherson ordered him held without bail.

State sex offender records show that Pieroni was convicted in 2003 of two counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child under age 13 for crimes that involved a boy who was then 12-years-old. He was sentenced to eight years in prison on one count and seven years on the second count. Records show Pieroni was discharged from parole on Dec. 3, 2016.

Pieroni is currently on probation for failing to report a change of address to the sex offender database in 2017.
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"Siren relief" law debuts Tuesday

A Fire Department ambulance in downtown Chicago | H. Michael Miley via Flickr
By Steven Dahlman • Loop North News

Siren noise in downtown Chicago will be reduced “dramatically” when a new state law takes effect on Tuesday, according to a city alderman who helped craft the legislation.

42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly worked with 2nd Ward Alderman Brian Hopkins and State Representative Christian Mitchell on a bill limiting the use of sirens on emergency vehicles. The bill was signed into law by Governor Bruce Rauner on August 19. Ambulances and rescue vehicles will be allowed to operate a siren “only when it is reasonably necessary to warn pedestrians and other drivers of the approach thereof while responding to an emergency call or transporting a patient.”

“Excessive siren noise has been a major concern for downtown residents,” wrote Reilly in his newsletter recently. He says he researched existing laws and found that in cities comparable to Chicago, emergency vehicle sirens are typically exempt from local noise ordinances. That is why, he explained, a state law was necessary.

At a meeting in October of Streeterville Organization of Active Residents, which supported the bill in the Illinois General Assembly, Reilly said discussions with Chicago Fire Department and Chicago Police Department had resulted in policy that limits use of sirens by city vehicles to emergency situations.

“You’ll hear their sirens if they’re rushing to a serious emergency but otherwise, they’ve shown a lot of restraint by tooting their way through intersections when necessary,” said Reilly. “They understand that these are noises that get louder the higher up you live.”

The problem, says Reilly, is with private ambulance companies that use sirens in their vehicles even in situations that are not emergencies.

“The real bad actors, unfortunately, are the private ambulance companies,” said Reilly. “They’re rolling the sirens for convenience and to get places faster.”

According to Reilly, most private ambulances using their siren are transporting organs – and not for time-sensitive procedures.

Streeterville Organization of Active Residents welcomed the new law and said it had been advocating reduction of excessive siren noise for years. Sirens are especially an issue in Streeterville because Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Lurie Children’s Hospital are located there.

“We are aware that training is necessary for first responders to comply with the new [law] but are confident that noise levels will be lowered,” wrote SOAR on Dec. 6th.

Although it is a state law, it will apply only to Chicago – or specifically, any city in Illinois with a population of at least one million.
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Mob-nificent Mile: "Large group" brings havoc back to Michigan Avenue; 4 battered, 1 arrest

Chicago police work to clear a mob from the McDonald's at State and Chicago on Dec. 30th | @David2Chicago
At least four people were injured and CTA Red Line traffic was snarled as large groups of teens and young adults brought havoc to the Magnificent Mile on Saturday evening. One arrest was made.

Alderman Brian Hopkins (2nd) tweeted at 7:47 p.m. that “Water Tower Place will be closing at 8 p.m. tonight due to mob action by large crowds of juveniles.”

The latest Mag Mile mob scene began around 5 p.m. when a victim reported being battered near the Red Line station at State and Chicago. A man was arrested in connection with that attack.

At the same time, employees of a nearby McDonald’s reported 50 teenagers fighting inside the restaurant at 10 East Chicago. After being pushed from the restaurant, the group headed to Water Tower Place, where a disturbance was reported on the second floor at 5:45 p.m.  Police estimated the crowd to be 50- to 60-strong.

Police moved the teens out of the mall and followed the group as it headed east toward the lake and then back to Water Tower, sparking widespread reports of assaults and fighting.

By 6:30 p.m. the mob began making its way back to the Red Line station at Chicago and State. The H&M store reported being struck by a large number of shoplifters and the McDonald’s again reported being overrun by the mob.

Once on the Red Line platform, members of the group began beating up people at random. Three people filed police reports for battery and an ambulance was summoned to treat the victims.

The Sun-Times reported
Yue Lei, 28, Chicago, was beaten by a group of teenagers about 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 29 while waiting for a train at the Chicago and State Red Line station. His glasses were broken and his hand, lip and eye were injured. 
No one was arrested in connection with the three latest attacks.

Southbound Red Line trains were delayed as the crowd made its way out of the area. One train conductor told CTA dispatchers that they did not feel safe moving their train because passengers were rocking the cars from side-to-side.

Saturday’s incident was the latest in a string of similar mob actions along the Magnificent Mile and inside Water Tower Place.

Other cases were reported in early May, on Memorial Day weekend,  and on Thanksgiving weekend.

Streeterville residents’ concern about the mob activity was a primary talking point during a Dec. 18th community meeting in which the Dave & Busters arcade-restaurant group announced plans to move into a 42,000-square-foot section of Water Tower Place.

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson has brushed off the incidents as "kids doing goofy things."
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Saturday, December 29, 2018

Delivery driver carjacked in Boystown Friday evening; Woman robbed at gunpoint in Roscoe Village

Approximate location of Friday evening's carjacking.
A delivery driver was carjacked at gunpoint Friday evening near Boystown. Minutes later, a woman was robbed by a gunman in Roscoe Village. The two incidents are part of a late-year surge in robberies around Lakeview, Lincoln Park, and nearby North Side neighborhoods.  Here are the details:

• A Domino’s Pizza driver told police that his car was taken at gunpoint when he stopped to make a delivery in the 500 block of West Aldine around 8 p.m. on Friday. The man said a masked gunman approached him, took control of his car, and sped away eastbound on Aldine and southbound on Inner Lake Shore Drive. Taken was a Toyota Camry that bears license plate 673121. It has a lighted Domino’s sign on its roof. The offender was described as a black male who was wearing a dark stocking cap and all-black clothing.

Approximate location of the Roscoe Village hold-up
• At 8:10 p.m., a Roscoe Village resident was robbed at gunpoint on the corner of Ravenswood and Roscoe, according to a police report. The woman told police that the gunman took her valuables and then ran southbound on Ravenswood. He was described as being black, thin, in his 20’s, and wearing dark clothing.

Friday evening's carjacking was the latest in a series of carjackings in and near Lakeview:

On Thursday,  a female Lyft driver told police that she was sitting in her vehicle in the 3700 block of North Wilton when two offenders walked up to her car around 8:20 p.m.

The men opened the driver’s side door, removed the woman’s seatbelt, and told her to get out. She complied and the offenders sped off eastbound on Grace Street with her vehicle, police said. Taken was a silver 2017 Toyota Corolla bearing license plate ZX85878. The offenders were described only as black males.

Also on Thursday, a 35-year-old man was run over by a carjacker who stole his vehicle in the Old Town neighborhood. Police said the man pulled his 2016 Subaru onto the 200 block of West Eugenie to load his wife and child into the car shortly after 10 p.m. Before the victim could put the child into the car, a man entered his vehicle and tried to drive away. The victim confronted the thief and tried to pull him out of the car, but he lost his footing, slipped, and fell to the pavement, police said. The carjacker then ran over the victim and continued eastbound on Eugenie.

Police described the offender as a black male who stands 5’6” to 5’8” tall, weighs 130- to 140 pounds, and has a short hairstyle.

On Monday, a Lakeview man was carjacked in a similar manner as he sat in his vehicle in the 2700 block of North Lake Shore Drive near the Diversey Harbor driving range. That man’s vehicle was later recovered on the South Side.

Last Friday, a man was in the 2700 block of North Wilton near the intersection with Schubert Avenue when two offenders approached him, demanded his car, and repeatedly beat him.

And on Dec. 20th, a man who lives in the 1100 block of West George Street told police that he was approached near his home by a gunman who tried to take his car shortly before 5 a.m. The robbery failed, although a police spokesman today was unable to provide details of how the carjacking fell through.

No arrests have been made in any of the cases.
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Friday, December 28, 2018

School worker sexually abused girl "several" times at North Side school, prosecutors say

Quinten Hawthorne (inset) and Alexander Graham Bell Elementary School | CPD; Google
UPDATED 3:25 PM: Added just-released letter to parents.
UPDATED 4:02 PM: Added statement from CPS spokesperson.
UPDATED 8:54 PM: Added new email from Right At School
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A male worker at Alexander Graham Bell Elementary School, 3730 North Oakley, has been charged with repeatedly sexually abusing a 12-year-old female student at the North Center campus last month, according to Chicago police and court records.

The girl told a school staff member that 22-year-old Quinten Hawthorne pinned her against the wall and rubbed his body against her on several occasions between Nov. 7th and Nov. 21st, a Chicago police spokesperson said today. A Chicago Police Department report was filed in the case on Nov. 27th.

Hawthorne was arrested yesterday and has been charged with felony aggravated sexual abuse of a victim under age 13 and felony sexual exploitation of a child. Judge Michael Clancy set his bail at $50,000, meaning that Hawthorne can go free by making a bond deposit of $5,000. Hawthorne has no previous criminal record in Cook County, according to court records.

A CPS spokesperson said Hawthorne worked for Right At School, a vendor that provides after-school and recess monitoring services at Bell.

“Immediately after learning of the allegations, CPS banned Hawthorne from the school and initiated an investigation,” the spokesperson said.

"Nothing is more important to CPS than the safety of its students, and immediately after learning of these allegations the district removed the vendor employee from the school, initiated an investigation, and began coordinating supports for the affected student through the district's new Office of Student Protections and Title IX,” said Michael Passman, CPS’ Chief Communications Officer.

At 3:30 p.m. this afternoon, CPS forwarded this email that was sent to Bell School parents one hour earlier:
Dear Parents and Guardians,
The safety of your children is always our top priority, which is why we are notifying you of a situation involving a vendor employee who previously served in our school.
In late November, Quinten Hawthorne, an employee of a vendor that provides after-school and recess monitoring services at our school, was accused of inappropriate behavior involving a student. As soon as we learned of these allegations, Mr. Hawthorne was banned from the school and an investigation was initiated. Parents of the student who was affected have been notified, and our school has worked with the CPS Office of Student Protections and Title IX to coordinate supports for the student.
Since that time, Mr. Hawthorne has been arrested and criminally charged related to the allegations at our school.
We take these matters very seriously and remain committed to providing your children with a safe, positive learning environment where they can reach their full potential. We invite you to contact the school directly with any questions or concerns you may have.
Sincerely,
Principal Miller  
On Friday evening, parents of Bell students received the following email from Carrie Kruzycki, Region Director of Right at School:

Dear parents:
I am writing to follow up on the letter you received today from Principal Miller regarding a serious allegation against one of our former staff members.
Just before Thanksgiving, a former Right at School employee at Bell was accused of inappropriate behavior involving a student. After learning of this accusation, we immediately put the employee on administrative leave and removed him from our program; when that accusation resulted in charges against that employee in court today, we fired him.
There is nothing more important to every single Right at School staff member than the safety of your children. This former employee’s alleged actions in no way reflect our commitment to safety or the hard work and dedication that our employees bring to their jobs every day. All educators successfully complete comprehensive criminal-background checks, including fingerprint-based checks through the Illinois State Police and FBI. All educators are trained on our policies and procedures for student safety.
We continue to cooperate fully with the Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Police Department. Regional Director Carrie Kruzycki and Area Manager Abby Cohen will be at our after-school program when school resumes on January 7 to answer any questions that you have. If you would like to reach one of them in the meantime, please contact Carrie Kruzycki at [deleted].
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Old Town: Man run over by carjacker Thursday evening

Approximate location of Thursday's carjacking in Old Town.
A 35-year-old man was run over by a carjacker who stole his vehicle in the Old Town neighborhood on Thursday evening. No one is in custody. It was at least the third carjacking to be reported in Lincoln Park since last Friday.

Police said the man pulled his 2016 Subaru onto the 200 block of West Eugenie to load his wife and child into the car shortly after 10 p.m. Before the victim could put the child into the car, a man entered his vehicle and tried to drive away. The victim confronted the thief and tried to pull him out of the car, but he lost his footing, slipped, and fell to the pavement, police said. The carjacker then ran over the victim and continued eastbound on Eugenie. Police described the offender as a black male who stands 5’6” to 5’8” tall, weighs 130- to 140 pounds, and has a short hairstyle.

Police said the man was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital where his condition was stabilized. The victim’s car was later found abandoned, according to police.

The Old Town incident was the second carjacking to be reported on the North Side yesterday evening.

Around 8:20 p.m., a female Lyft driver reported being carjacked near Wrigley Field. She told police that she was sitting in her car in the 3700 block of North Wilton when two men opened her driver’s side door, removed her seatbelt, and told her to get out. She complied, and the offenders sped off eastbound on Grace Street with her vehicle, police said. Taken was a silver 2017 Toyota Carolla bearing license plate ZX85878. The offenders were described only as black males.

At least two other carjackings have been reported in Lincoln Park since late last week.

On Monday, a Lakeview man was carjacked in a similar manner as he sat in his vehicle in the 2700 block of North Lake Shore Drive near the Diversey Harbor driving range. That man’s vehicle was later recovered on the South Side.

Last Friday, a man was in the 2700 block of North Wilton near the intersection with Schubert Avenue when two offenders approached him, demanded his car, and repeatedly beat him.
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Cops identify man charged with robbery near Belmont Red Line station

Xavier Lyons was arrested on the southbound Red Line platform on Thursday afternoon. | CPD; File
Chicago police have identified the alleged robbery offender that police pulled from a Red Line train at the Belmont station on Thursday afternoon.

Xavier Lyons, 18, of the Grand Boulevard neighborhood is charged with felony armed robbery and misdemeanor possession of a pellet gun, according to a press release by CPD’s Office of News Affairs.

Just before 3 p.m. yesterday, a 27-year-old woman told police that an armed man approached her in the 3100 block of North Kenmore and demanded her phone at gunpoint. The woman did not turn over her phone, police said, but the man did get the victim’s debit card.

Responding officers searched the Belmont Red Line station and found a man matching the suspect’s description on a southbound train.

“As the doors closed, one of the officers literally pulled open the doors. They reached in and they pulled the offender out," 19th District (Town Hall) Cmdr. Marc Buslik said at a press conference.

Town Hall Police District Cmdr Mark Buslik (center) and officers who assisted with the arrest of Xavier Lyons | CPD
A group of Town Hall police officers happened to be working near the Belmont Red Line on a mission to suppress thefts from automobiles, according to Buslik. The team broke from that assignment to handle the robbery when the call was dispatched.

“In this district,” Buslik said, “we’re finding that the Red Line is a common element in some of these robberies.”

Lyons is due in bond court this afternoon. Police records show that Lyons was arrested in the Loop on December 19th and charged with having a weapon on the CTA. He was released on a recognizance bond in that case.
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Thursday, December 27, 2018

3-time felon found with gun in River North drug "hot spot," police say

Levonta Nesbitt was arrested at a narcotics "hot spot" in the1100 block of North Clark. | CPD; Google
A twice-convicted robbery offender who’s on parole has been charged with being an armed habitual criminal after police say they found him with a handgun during a narcotics operation in River North.

Cops were dispersing loiterers from a narcotics hot spot in the 1100 block of North Clark Street on the afternoon of Dec. 18th when they came in contact with 25-year-old Levonta Nesbitt.

While completing paperwork related to the dispersal, police discovered an arrest warrant had been issued for Nesbitt because he failed to appear in court on charges of having a stolen Divvy bike this summer.

When police detained Nesbitt for the warrant, he announced, “I have a gun on me,” police said. An officer allegedly recovered a 9-millimeter handgun from Nesbitt’s jacket pocket.

Officers quoted Nesbitt as saying, “I had a gun on me because people are trying to kill me.” He went on to say that he “won” the gun in a dice game, police said.

Nesbitt has two previous forcible felonies, according to state records: armed robbery with a firearm in 2010 and robbery in 2014. He was paroled in April after serving half of a three-year sentence for aggravated fleeing that caused bodily injury.

Prosecutors charged him with Class X felony armed habitual criminal. Judge Stephanie Miller ordered him held without bail.
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*Another* carjacking in Lakeview Thursday night — Neighborhood's record-setting year plows along

Approximate location of Thursday evening's carjacking
Lakeview chalked up another carjacking on Thursday evening, this time in the Wrigleyville neighborhood. It is at least the 11th vehicular hijacking of the year for Lakeview—more than any year this millenium—and at least the third carjacking to be reported there this month.

A female Lyft driver told police that she was sitting in her vehicle in the 3700 block of North Wilton when two offenders walked up to her car around 8:20 p.m.

The men opened the driver’s side door, removed the woman’s seatbelt, and told her to get out. She complied and the offenders sped off eastbound on Grace Street with her vehicle, police said. Taken was a silver 2017 Toyota Corolla bearing license plate ZX85878. The offenders were described only as black males.

On Monday, a Lakeview man was carjacked in a similar manner as he sat in his vehicle in the 2700 block of North Lake Shore Drive near the Diversey Harbor driving range. That man’s vehicle was later recovered on the South Side.

Last Friday, a man was in the 2700 block of North Wilton near the intersection with Schubert Avenue when two offenders approached him, demanded his car, and repeatedly beat him.

And on Dec. 20th, a man who lives in the 1100 block of West George Street told police that he was approached near his home by a gunman who tried to take his car shortly before 5 a.m. The robbery failed, although a police spokesman today was unable to provide details of how the carjacking fell through.

No arrests have been made in any of the cases.
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Jesse Jackson claim of 19 jailed merely for "being poor" was false, Chief Judge says

Rev. Jesse Jackson (left) and Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart | Wikipedia
Back in March, CWBChicago published a three-part series that exposed holes in Cook County authorities’ claims that hundreds of inmates were jailed in Cook County “just because they are poor” and unable to put down a bail deposit of $1,000 or less.

Our team secured a list of the inmates that Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart’s office was referring to when Dart repeatedly made his claim about the “hundreds” of people who were supposedly jailed “because they are poor.” Then, we pulled scores of those inmates’ court files at random.

The truth, we reported on March 6thon March 25thand March 26th was that about 85% of the people on Dart’s list had been free on low or no bail, but they violated the terms of their release by skipping court or committing more crimes and wound up back in jail.

Another 10% of the people on Dart’s list were in jail for violating terms of probation sentences.

So, you can imagine that we were skeptical when Rev. Jesse Jackson made a pre-Christmas plea for 19 publicly-unnamed Cook County Jail inmates to be released. These individuals were jailed merely for being poor, Jackson said, adding that “liberating the poor” was in the spirit of Christmas.

A Dart spokesperson claimed that “most of” the 19 individuals had never had a bond review.

And the Sun-Times’ editorial board, apparently taking no time to investigate the veracity of Jackson’s claims, wrote an opinion piece calling for the 19 people to be freed.

“There’s no excuse for denying a bond review to people who have a right to one under state law,” they wrote in calling for Jackson’s mysterious 19 prisoners to be unlocked.

Dart personally retweeted a link to the Sun-Times story.


CWBChicago last week asked Dart, Jackson, and the Sun-Times to please name the 19 people who were jailed merely for being poor so we could tell their stories publicly. No one responded to our inquiries.

Now, the Sun-Times has published a letter from Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans. The judge wanted to set Jackson, Dart, and the newspaper straight:
“The fact is that our judges previously released 15 of these defendants to the community. For varying reasons, they returned to jail because they did not comply with the terms of either their pretrial release while their cases were pending or their probation sentences that allowed them to avoid prison time when their cases concluded."
Incredible, isn’t it? Evans found the exact same flaws that we found in March. The 19 weren’t jailed merely for being poor. Fifteen of them are jailed because they violated the terms of other release agreements.

Evans went on:
“Three of the defendants were in custody because they were enrolled in substance-abuse treatment in jail. Generally speaking, defendants in jail-based treatment complete a 90-day program so that they can increase their chances of successful sobriety when they return home.”
So, now, these three weren’t jailed for being poor, either. They agreed to be in jail as part of a drug recovery effort.

Of the 19 people Jackson pleaded to have released, only one is unaccounted for in Evans’ letter.

CWBChicago has filed a Freedom of Information request for the 19 individuals’ names and inmate ID numbers. We look forward to telling you the truth about their situations, just as we did about hundreds of others in March.
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Lakeview: Cops pull armed robbery suspect from train at Belmont station


An armed robbery offender is in custody, arrested Thursday afternoon as he tried to escape via the Belmont Red Line station, according to Chicago police. A handgun was recovered during his arrest, police said.

Just before 3 p.m., a woman told police that an armed man approached her in the 3100 block of North Kenmore and demanded her phone at gunpoint. The woman did not turn over her phone, police said, but the man did get the victim’s debit card.

Police Cmdr. Marc Buslik (center) with officers who assisted with Thursday afternoon's arrest. | CPD
Responding officers searched the Belmont Red Line station and found a man matching the suspect’s description on a southbound train.

“As the doors closed, one of the officers literally pulled open the doors. They reached in and they pulled the offender out," 19th District (Town Hall) Cmdr. Marc Buslik said at a press conference this evening.

Buslik said police found a handgun in the man’s possession.

A group of Town Hall police officers happened to be working near the Belmont Red Line on a mission to suppress thefts from automobiles, according to Buslik. The team broke from that assignment to handle the robbery when the call was dispatched.

“In this district,” Buslik said, “we’re finding that the Red Line is a common element in some of these robberies.”

CWBChicago will publish an update when charges are approved in this case.

Convenience store robbed

No one is in custody after the early morning armed robbery of a 7-Eleven store along the Lincoln Park - Lakeview border. Police said two men wearing face masks entered the store at 2757 North Pine Grove around 12:10 a.m. on Thursday and both displayed silver handguns while announcing a robbery. The men left the area in a maroon vehicle that was driven by a third person.
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Wednesday, December 26, 2018

4 robberies in Uptown, Lakeview on Christmas holidays

Approximate locations of the four reported robberies.
Detectives are investigating four robberies reported in the Town Hall (19th) police district on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day—three in Lakeview and the fourth in Uptown.

The Uptown victim was a woman who told police that three offenders followed her from the Lawrence Red Line station around 1:30 a.m. on Christmas Eve. The men battered the woman and stole her phone, purse, and wallet near the intersection of Lawrence and Winthrop, police said. All three offenders escaped in a dark four-door vehicle, the woman said. She described the robbers as three black men: one wearing a black sweater, one wearing a red hoodie, and the third wearing unknown clothing.

The Lakeview incidents began around the same time with a carjacking near Diversey Harbor. A 32-year-old man was sitting in his parked car in the 2700 block of North Lake Shore Drive when a dark-colored vehicle with a female driver pulled up alongside him A male exited the vehicle, opened the victim’s unlocked door, and forced the victim from the vehicle, police said. No description of the offenders was available.

Then, at 10:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve, a gunman tried to rob a woman in the 3000 block of North Greenview. The offender pulled a gun on the victim and demanded her valuables, but he got cold feet and fled to a dark sedan that was waiting nearby. He was described as a white male in his 30’s who has a goatee and stands about 6-feet tall. He was wearing a tan or gray hoodie and ripped jeans. The victim said his car was last seen heading southbound on Greenview from Lincoln.

Early on Christmas Day, a Lakeview man was robbed by two offenders in the 3300 block of North Kenmore. The robbers approached him around 2 a.m. and took his wallet, phone, and cash, police said. Both offenders then ran southbound on Kenmore and then eastbound on School Street. Police said the two robbers were black males, one wore a gray hoodie and a mask, the other was thinner and wore a red hoodie.
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Christmas Eve carjacking reported near Diversey Harbor


A Lakeview man was carjacked near Diversey Harbor early on Christmas Eve, police said. No one is in custody and no injuries were reported.

The 32-year-old man was sitting in his parked car in the 2700 block of North Lake Shore Drive near the Diversey driving range when a dark-colored vehicle with a female driver pulled up alongside him around 1:30 a.m., according to police. A man exited the second vehicle, opened the victim’s unlocked door, and forced the victim from the vehicle, police said.

Police said the victim sought help from the staff at Presence St. Joseph Hospital.

Taken was a silver 2015 Honda CRV that bears an Illinois license plate beginning with “Z900.” It was last seen heading southbound on Lake Shore Drive.

No descriptions of the offenders was available.
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Sunday, December 23, 2018

Despite multiple arrests, more armed robberies reported Sunday in Lakeview, Roscoe Village, and North Center

Approximate locations of three armed robberies reported in the 19th Police District on Sunday
Despite the arrests of two suspected robbery crews in Lincoln Park and Lakeview since Friday, an unusual number of armed robbery reports have continued to stream in around the Lakeview, Roscoe Village, and North Center area on Sunday. Here are some details:

• A Lakeview man was robbed at gunpoint by three offenders in the 1100 block of West Barry around 12:15 a.m.  The robbers were three black men, each about 20-years-old. According to a witness, the gunman wore a gray hoodie and jeans with a red, white, and blue hat. Another offender wore a darker gray hoodie. The third suspect wore a gray hoodie with a black vest. They were all last seen running south on Clifton. A nearby resident’s surveillance camera caught images of the offenders running from the scene. The clip below is not of very high quality, but it may help other residents with home surveillance systems identify footage of the suspects for police.


• Then, around 1:40 a.m., a Roscoe Village man was robbed at gunpoint outside his home in the 3300 block of North Bell. The victim said a male offender of unknown race approached him, pulled out a gun, and took his phone and wallet before running from the scene.

• Most recently, the Shell service station at 4346 North Western Avenue in North Center was robbed at gunpoint around 3:45 p.m. The cashier told police that a robber came into the store and took the register cash while holding her at gunpoint. He then got into a car and fled northbound on Western. Police said the robber is a black male in his 30’s who stands about 5’8” tall and weighs about 160 pounds. He was wearing a brown hood and a black mask.
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Loop: Man stabbed on Red Line train Sunday morning


Police said charges are pending against a man who stabbed a passenger aboard a Red Line train in the Loop on Sunday morning.

The men were on a southbound train when the 26-year-old suspect stabbed the 23-year-old victim in the neck and ear around 7:15 a.m. CTA personnel held the train for police at the Roosevelt station, 1167 South State Street, and officers arrested the suspect there.

The victim was transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital where his condition was stabilized. Police did not provide a motive for the attack.

CWBChicago will post an updated story when charges are approved in this case.
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While prosecutors seek "context" homicide suspect escapes to China, victim's son says

Images from a surveillance video show the homicide of Anis Tungekar. | Omar Tungekar
Family members of a taxi driver who was killed when another motorist apparently kicked him in the head during a West Loop road rage incident in September say the killer has fled to China as Cook County prosecutors steadfastly refuse to bring charges while forcing Chicago cops to jump through a seemingly endless line of hoops.

“We went to the media last month to hold the Cook County State's Attorney [CCSAO] accountable for releasing the offender without charges,” the victim’s son told CWBChicago in an email this week. “Unfortunately the media took CPD to task instead. I'm hoping you might be able to help set the record straight.”

Anis Tungekar, 64, was a veteran cab driver of 20 years when he stepped out of his taxi in the 100 block of North Jefferson on Sept. 2nd to speak with an Uber driver who was behind him. A surveillance camera atop a nearby high-rise captured images of what happened next:

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The 30-year-old Uber driver emerges from his car and walks to the Uber driver's window where police say he engaged in "trash talk." Tungekar walks to the passenger side of the Uber vehicle, strikes the rearview mirror, and then begins walking back to his taxi. The Uber driver is then seen unleashing a single kick from the side that knocks the cabbie to the pavement. Tungekar would die two days later at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

Police took the Uber driver into custody the same day, but the Cook County State’s Attorney refused to press charges within 48 hours and the man had to be released. Prosecutors gave cops a list of additional information that they wanted before the state would move to prosecute the homicide.

Anis Tungekar | Provided
“The night my father died, the State’s Attorney declined to charge his killer and ordered him released," Omar said. "Three months later, we’re still waiting for the State’s Attorney to acknowledge that it’s a crime to kick someone to death in the city of Chicago.”

Last month, Tungekar’s family members held a press conference and released the surveillance video in an effort to draw out more witnesses and other information that prosecutors were requiring.

"Each time CPD satisfied the [State’s Attorney's] request and re-presented their case, felony review rejected charges and introduced new evidentiary hurdles,” Omar Tungekar said. The police request for charges was most recently rejected on Monday, he said.

In an email on Thursday, Tungekar told us, “last night I learned that because the CCSAO failed to approve charges for over 3 months, the offender has now fled the country.” The man, Omar said, is now in China.

But felony charges aren’t the only thing prosecutors refused to file on Monday, Omar said. The office also refused a police request to file for a warrant to make it easier to apprehend the suspect should he arrive at a U.S. port of entry.

“[They] told CPD they would revisit charges only if CPD brings the offender back into custody. But by refusing the warrant, they have made that very unlikely,” Omar said. “When I spoke to felony review in September, they knew the offender was a flight risk, but they did nothing to detain him. Now 3 months later, not only are they refusing to approve charges in absentia, they've made it almost impossible for the police to apprehend the fugitive.”

But when a senior police executive heard about prosecutors’ failure to take action this week, the cop took matters into his own hands and successfully obtained an arrest warrant for the suspect, Omar said.

“I knew [a warrant would be issued] if the case were presented to a judge or the grand jury,” he said. Prosecutors “have still not approved charges, and the fact remains that they nearly derailed the investigation by demanding CPD find a way to bring the fugitive back into custody without a warrant before felony review would consider charges. “

During a Friday appearance on Chicago Tonight, Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx said the case of Anis Tungekar’s homicide is an on-going investigation in which she was seeking witnesses who could “add context” to Tungekar’s death.

“CCSAO is not awaiting any additional witnesses or information,” Omar said this weekend. “CPD provided all the evidence requested by CCSAO and they still denied CPD's arrest warrant and told CPD they would defer on charges until CPD finds a way to bring the fugitive back into custody. We're fortunate a judge disagreed with felony review and found that there is probable cause to approve the arrest warrant.”

During her TV appearance on Friday, Foxx also said, “I don't think people can trust what you're doing unless you show them what you're doing.” Yet throughout the day on Friday her office failed to respond to multiple requests for comment about the Tungekar case.

A Chicago police spokesperson said in an email that “all charging information would be handled by [Foxx’s] office.”
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Shots fired during altercation in Wrigleyville entertainment complex

The Addison & Clark complex is seen to the left of Wrigley Field in this rendering | Addison & Clark
Shots were fired during a dispute in a parking garage at the newly-built Addison & Clark complex across from Wrigley Field early Sunday, police said. No one appears to have been injured.

A security guard at the freshly-opened luxury housing and entertainment facility, 1025 West Addison, reported seeing two men having an altercation and then pulling guns on each other in the garage around 2:20 a.m. At least one shot was then fired, the guard said.

Responding officers found a bullet hole in a parked car. Another motorist called police about 15 minutes later to report that “someone” had fired two shots into his car window in the garage.

A shell casing was found inside the garage later on Sunday morning.

No one was reported injured in the incident, which police have classified as “criminal damage to property.”
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5 armed robberies in 30 minutes ends with arrest on N. Side Red Line tracks

Approximate locations of five robberies reported Saturday evening
Two armed men pulled off a series of five robberies in less than an hour Saturday evening in Lincoln Park, then led police on a chase along the CTA’s elevated Red and Brown Line tracks before being arrested, according to Chicago police and multiple sources. No one was injured in the crime spree or the dangerous foot pursuit.

Five separate victims reported being robbed in the area east and north of DePaul University between 8:15 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. yesterday. All of the victims reported that offenders wearing masks approached them on the street, displayed a handgun, and demanded their property. The hold-ups were reported near the intersection of Montana and Lincoln at 8:15 p.m.; in the 800 block of West Webster at 8:23 p.m.; near Lincoln and Belden at 8:25 p.m.; in the 2700 block of North Seminary at 8:43 p.m.; and near the intersection of Diversey and Wilton at 8:45 p.m.

Chicago police released details of the final hold-up at Diversey and Wilton, saying that a 47-year-old man was walking in an alley in the 800 block of West Diversey when a gunman approached him, displayed a handgun and asked, “what you got?” The offender then ordered the victim to turn around and asked, “where’s your money?” The gunman went through the victim’s pants and took the man’s phone, cigarettes, $20 cash, and a backpack, police said.

After the robbery, the gunman told the victim to keep walking and no to call the police. But four other victims had already called the police and officers spotted the gunman at the Diversey station less than a minute later.

At least one offender then ran onto the train tracks at Diversey and headed northbound. Police took the man, 22, into custody between the Diversey and Belmont stations about 30 minutes later. A firearm was also recovered. and officers found proceeds that had been taken from the robbery victims.

No details were yet available regarding charges in the robbery spree. CWBChicago will post an update when that information is finalized.
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Saturday, December 22, 2018

3 detained after woman is mugged near Lincoln Park - Lakeview border

Locations of Friday's mugging (star) and three arrests
Chicago police detained three suspects after a woman was mugged Friday afternoon along the Lakeview - Lincoln Park border. The arrests may be related to an on-going afternoon and evening robbery problem that has been plaguing the area since mid-November.

On Friday, a woman was near the intersection of Mildred and Diversey around 3:45 p.m. when three offenders wearing medical face masks robbed her of her phone, purse, and coat, according to a police report.

A witness to the robbery managed to take a picture of the offenders. Patrol officers working from the photo later detained two suspects near a McDonalds at 2401 North Lincoln and in a nearby DePaul University parking complex. The victim identified all three detainees as the persons who robbed her, police said.

Thursday evening, a woman reported being robbed by two offenders—one of whom wore a hospital face mask—in the 2200 block of North Fremont.

Details of the two incidents align closely with information contained in a Chicago Police Department community alert last week that warned about a series of robberies in the same area.

A Chicago police spokesperson did not respond to multiple requests seeking details of yesterday’s arrests, including the ages of the detained individuals. CWBChicago will post an update when more is learned about any charges filed.
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Friday, December 21, 2018

Man beaten, carjacked Friday evening in Lincoln Park

Approximate locations of Friday's carjacking (red) and Tuesday's attempted carjacking (blue)
A man was beaten and carjacked Friday evening just three blocks from where another carjacking attempt failed on Tuesday morning, according to police reports. No one is in custody.

The latest victim was in the 2700 block of North Wilton near the intersection with Schubert Avenue when two offenders approached him, demanded his car, and repeatedly beat him. Both robbers then climbed into the man’s white 2009 Infinity sedan and sped away. The car bears an Illinois license plate that begins with “BB80.”

Concerned drivers later reported seeing the vehicle traveling erratically on southbound Clark Street near Wrightwood, but police were unable to catch up with the stolen car.

Police did not provide a description of the offenders.

Tonight’s carjacking unfolded near the scene of another carjacking attempt that CWBChicago told you about this week.

In the earlier incident, a man who lives in the 1100 block of West George Street told police that he was approached near his home by a gunman who tried to take his car shortly before 5 a.m. on Tuesday. The robbery failed, although a police spokesman was unable to provide details of how the carjacking fell through.

The offender then ran to a car that was waiting nearby and fled the area. A car that matched the victim’s description of the getaway vehicle was spotted by responding officers minutes later in the area of Wrightwood and Southport in Lincoln Park. The vehicle sped west on Fullerton and police believe it entered the Kennedy Expressway northbound.

The getaway car used on Tuesday was a green or gray four-door 2018 Dodge Charger with a dent on the rear lower panel of the driver’s side. It bears a California license plate that begins with “8CUB.” The vehicle was reported stolen in Chicago on Dec. 1st, according to police.

According to Tuesday’s victim, the primary offender was a black male who stands about 6-feet tall who was wearing a gray hoodie.
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With parole ending soon, Uptown man now facing long list of fresh armed robbery charges

Bruce Galimore is charged with robbing an Uptown-area Staples store. | CPD; Google
Bruce Galimore could have had something to celebrate this Christmas. On December 26th, he could have been released from parole and be on the way to getting his 22-year-old life heading in a new direction.

Instead, Galimore will almost certainly be in Cook County Jail on Christmas, looking at the very real possibility of a fresh, years-long prison sentence.

Police on Thursday morning arrested Galimore in Uptown after a nearby Staples store was robbed at gunpoint of two computer tablets. Store employees reported that Galimore ripped an iPad and a Samsung tablet from a display case, then ran out of the store at 4610 North Clark with the outlet’s manager following close behind.

When Galimore noticed that he was being followed, he pulled out a black handgun, pointed it at the manager and threatened him, police said. Cops caught up with Galimore a few minutes later in the 4600 block of North Magnolia. They say they recovered a gun from Galimore’s possession—it turned out to be a replica.

Prosecutors yesterday charged Galimore with three felony counts of armed robbery with a firearm, one felony count of robbery while indicating that he was armed with a firearm, and felony retail theft. Details of what led to the additional robbery charges were not immediately available from Chicago police this morning. Galimore is due in bond court this afternoon.

State records show that he was paroled on Dec. 26th last year after serving half of a three-year sentence for possessing a stolen motor vehicle part of a two-year sentence for escaping electronic monitoring.

Chicago police records indicate that he has been arrested three times since late September: twice for shoplifting in the area of Belmont and Clark and once for shoplifting in Chinatown. The statuses of those three shoplifting cases were not immediately available today.
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