Sunday, March 25, 2018

Boystown: Familiar Faces Arrested After Man's Beaten To The Ground

Underwood (L) and Williams were arrested after a man was punched to the ground near Halsted and Aldine.
Two long-time darlings of the Boystown social service agency scene are in custody after one of them allegedly beat a man to the ground near Halsted Street on Saturday night. The other, who was tagging along for the beatdown, is being held on an investigative alert for police who are looking into a previous robbery, according to Chicago police.

Around 10:45 p.m. on Saturday, Dontay Underwood punched and pushed a 27-year-old man to the ground in the 700 block of West Aldine, police said. The motive for the attack is not known, but the victim initially told police that he thought he was being robbed. Underwood was charged with battery.

Underwood, 24, lists the Night Ministry at 4711 North Ravenswood as his home. He previously received a four-year prison sentence for robbing a man who was hailing a taxi cab at Belmont and Sheffield in January 2013.

Police records show that Underwood has been arrested nine times in Chicago since the summer of 2013. Seven of those arrests took place in the Boystown area.

Arrested with Underwood last night was 24-year-old Lashay Williams, also known as Jaleel Harvey. Williams lists the Howard Brown Health Center as her home. Police say she was with Underwood at the time of the attack. She was taken into custody for failure to appear in court and on an investigative alert for a strong arm robbery, according to a department spokesperson. Williams has not been charged in the robbery case.

In 2016, Williams was one of five people arrested in connection with a series of thefts on the Lakefront Trail that culminated in a bizarre police pursuit that had beat cops and a SWAT team chasing Daisy Duke-wearing crossdressers through the Sydney Marovitz Golf Course while duffers played the links. She was charged with theft, aggravated assault, and trespassing in the case.

According to police records, Williams/Harvey has been arrested four times since 2016, all in the Boystown area.

After Saturday’s attack, police found Underwood and Williams hiding in the parking garage at 3224 North Halsted Street. CWBChicago profiled the garage in May 2013 as a then-popular hideout for robbery offenders who were trying to elude police.

Lincoln Park Robbery Attempt

Two men knocked a woman to the ground in an apparent robbery attempt Saturday morning in Lincoln Park. The robbery failed and the woman was not seriously injured.

Witnesses called 911 for the woman who was seen screaming for help on the corner of Belden and Burling, a bit east of the DePaul University campus. After knocking the woman down, the men tried to take control of her purse. But, police said the men apparently became spooked and ran away empty-handed.

Both men were last seen running toward Oz Park. One is black and was wearing a puffy white jacket. The other man is black and was wearing a black jacket.
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