Wednesday, March 21, 2018

St. Pat's Arrests: The Lawyer, The Felon, And The Suburban "Vice Lord"

Nailed it! Newly-available court and police records show that St. Patrick’s Day revelry spawned seven arrests downtown and six more in Wrigleyville by midnight on Saturday. That is perfectly in-line with CWBChicago’s estimated arrest totals on Sunday morning.

Among those arrested are a Dallas attorney, an armed robbery offender who’s on probation, and a very caucasian suburban teen who allegedly claimed to be a “Vice Lord” while threatening to shot a man at Union Station. Here’s the run-down:

Downtown

Illia Mendzialeyeu (L) and Cecil Paul Harris IV of Plainfield were arrested at Union Station. Harris allegedly claimed to be a "Vice Lord" while threatening to "shoot" a 48-year-old Chicago man.
• Eighteen-year-old Illia Mendzialeyeu of Plainfield is accused of battering a 48-year-old man at Union Station around 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, according to court records. His friend, 18-year-old Cecil Paul Harris IV of Plainfield, stands accused of threatening the same man: “I’m a Vice Lord. I’m gonna shoot your ass,” Harris is quoted as saying in court papers.


• Derric Hagen of Archer Heights is charged with one felony count of criminal damage to government property after police said they saw him punch the rearview mirror off of their squad car—“shattering glass and cracking the plastic housing”—at 103 East Wacker during the parade. Hagen lives in Archer Heights.


Popal
• A man and a woman from suburban Minneapolis told police that Hamid Popal of Albany Park was one of several men who attacked them and launched racial slurs on the corner of Michigan Avenue and Randolph. Police said the victims identified Popal as one of the men who yelled “n*ggers” repeatedly in their direction. When the woman, who is black, responded that the men should not be using such language, Popal “approached in a threatening manner” and said he would kick her ass, according to signed complaints. The other Minnesotan, a white male, stepped in to protect the woman and was struck in the face and body by Popal and others, prosecutors said.

Police said Popal repeatedly stated while in custody that he is a boxer and he has a broken hand. Police confirmed that he had a finger splint on left index finger. Popal, 22, is charged with battery and assault.

Fox 32 ran a story that appears to refer to this incident, but the man who is identified in their story is not listed as a victim in the case.


Salme (inset) with the items police said he carried. | Chicago Police Dept
• A 19-year-old Portage Park man who is on probation for armed robbery has been charged with carrying and brandishing a firearm in the post-parade crowd.

Witnesses called 911 to report seeing a man pull a gun from a backpack and place it in his waistband in the first block of South Michigan Avenue around 3:30 p.m. Police stopped 19-year-old Christopher Salme almost immediately based on the witness’ description of the offender.

Cops recovered a firearm, 23 rounds of ammunition, and an extended magazine from Salme, according to their report. He’s charged with possessing a firearm without a valid Firearms Owner ID card, resisting police, and felony aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. Judge John Lyke ordered Salme held without bail for violation of probation.

In 2015, Salme made arrangements to purchase a $700 pair of jeans from a man on the Northwest Side. After trying the pants on inside a Walgreens, Salme returned to the victim, pulled out a handgun, said “you don’t want to get shot over a pair of jeans” and then pistol-whipped the man to the ground. Judge Timothy Chambers approved a plea deal that gave Salme five years probation in exchange for his guilty plea to robbery.


• An 18-year-old was charged with reckless conduct near Buckingham Fountain around noontime on Saturday, but the details of that case were not yet available today. A drone operator who had been included in our original arrest count was issued a citation instead of being arrested. He was conveniently replaced on the scoreboard by a 48-year-old man who was charged with battery in the 400 block of West Illinois. The man's court file was not yet available today.

Wrigleyville/Boystown

Humberto Lopez
• Police say they asked Humberto Lopez of Berwyn and two of his buddies to use the sidewalk instead of walking in the traffic lanes of Addison Street outside Wrigley Field around 1:45 p.m. The men ignored the request and cops issued tickets to two of the men for disorderly conduct, according to records. But, 31-year-old Lopez refused to sign his citation, so police arrested him instead. He’s charged with disorderly conduct.


• A bouncer and a manager at Roscoe’s Tavern, 3356 North Halsted, told police that they both got punched by Jose Cervantes when they asked him to leave around 8 p.m. on Saturday. Cervantes, 32, is charged with two counts of battery.


Kaiser
• By 7:15 p.m. on Saturday, the line for service at Wrigleyville’s Taco Bell extended out the door and into the parking lot. That’s when restaurant security allegedly told 27-year-old Cody Kaiser of Milwaukee that he would not be permitted to cut into line for service. Kaiser “put himself close” to the 22-year-old guard’s face and, “said he was going to wait in line with his girlfriend.” He then called the guard a “faggot” and headbutted him in the forehead, according to allegations. The guard immediately detained Kaiser who is charged with battery.


Storm
• Dallas attorney Abigail Storm, 26, is accused of punching a 23-year-old suburban man in the jaw near Addison and Sheffield around 6:30 p.m., according to court records. The victim called 911 and continued to follow Storm until police arrived, according to court records. Police said the victim was treated at Thorek Hospital for his injuries. Storm is charged with battery.


• A 22-year-old man from suburban Minneapolis led cops on a short foot pursuit after they tried to talk to him about his decision to urinate between two dumpsters in a Wrigleyville alley, police said. Kenneth Kirkman is charged with urinating on the public way.


Marvin Lopez
• A 37-year-old kitchen worker was arrested after he allegedly groped a female patron inside a bar in the 3400 block of North Clark on Saturday evening. The 22-year-old victim told police that Marvin Lopez walked into the ladies room at Nola and said, “C’mon sexy, let me refill your drink.” The woman declined the offer, but Lopez allegedly got closer and began to rub her private parts through her clothing and then “forced his tongue into her mouth without consent,” according to allegations. The victim pushed him away and sought help from police who were sitting outside the restaurant, officers said. Lopez is charged with battery. Police said their investigation “did not yield sufficient evidence to pursue felony charges.”

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