Sunday, May 06, 2018

Bad News: Duo Robs Man With Hammer Near Recreation Drive; Good News: 2018 Robbery Reports Low In Wrigleyville & Boystown


A 26-year-old man was struck with a hammer and robbed near the lakefront in Lakeview on Saturday evening, police said. He was not seriously injured. No one is in custody

The victim was near the baseball fields at 3600 North Recreation Drive when two unknown men approached him and struck him with the hammer around 7:10 p.m. The offenders took the victims money and phone, then ran away, police said.

Police described the offenders as a black male between 30- and 35-years-old who stands 6’2” tall and weighs 180 pounds. He was reportedly dressed as a female in a light brown blouse and brown shorts. The second suspect is a black male with a beard, about 29-years-old, 5’10” tall, last seen wearing a gray hoodie, tee shirt, and jeans.

Great Start

Despite Saturday’s brazen mugging, the Wrigleyville and Boystown areas recorded only 30 robberies through the first four months of this year. That’s the fifth-best start to any year since at least 2001.

CWBChicago considers the area from Belmont to Irving and Southport to Lake Michigan to be “Wrigleyville and Boystown” for statistical purposes. The area is comprised of Chicago Police Department beats 1923, 1924, and 1925.

Just five years ago, Wrigleyville and Boystown was entering what would become its worst year for robberies on record. Through April, 71 muggings had been reported in the area. In 2012, the second-worst year for robberies on record, there were 75 hold-ups through the first four months.

During a “Twitter Town Hall” on Friday, we asked 19th District Commander Marc Buslik what the department was doing differently to drive down muggings in our area:

“We work through analysis of offenders and their behaviors,” Buslik said. “We deploy in areas using these stats. We know where to deploy uniform & plain clothes [police officers]. Our robbery team [follows up with] victims & detectives.  A new robbery sergeant has experience with street crime investigations.”

The 19th District’s aggressive pursuit of robbery suspects resulted in the arrests of at least eight robbery offenders in five days during April.

For those of us who remember what it was like to live in the most robbery-filled police beat in Chicago just a few years ago, the sharp reversal of fortune is very much welcome.

Stats


Robberies in Wrigleyville + Boystown By Month And Year
JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecTOTAL
20019899118151320241514155
200213915201216182812172420204
2003464131015201314171413143
200411599141122102414238160
20051281591216202711111713171
200618108116142115911167146
2007315717201452413179135
20089711101816161721271616184
20096131311171518201781313164
201012413131316141426182612181
201114911162128192120302018227
20129921132338333115141612234
20132711861930293826211114240
201493891325191511181413157
2015844691018172116510128
201619101115111618232031196199
201799714132315161118156156
2018371010
Red denotes the 10 worst months (with ties)Green denotes the 10 best months (with ties)
Source: City of Chicago Data Portal. Current Chicago Police Department beat numbers 1923, 1924, and 1925 constitute "Wrigleyville and Boystown" for statistical purposes. The boundaries are Belmont, Southport, Irving Park, and Lake Michigan.


Robbery List

Here's a list of every robbery reported in Wrigleyville and Boystown through April 29, 2018. Click on links to read CWBChicago's report about incidents and arrests, where available.

CaseDate & TimeBlockLocationWeapon?Arrest?
1JB1108981/10/2018 10:51:003200 N BROADWAYDRUG STOREBOTTLEYes
2JB1157901/14/2018 10:04:003500 N BROADWAYBANKNONEYes
3JB1341381/28/2018 1:00:003500 N SEMINARY AVERESIDENCEHANDGUNNo
4JB1398992/3/2018 1:10:00900 W CORNELIA AVEALLEYNONEYes
5JB1500522/13/2018 1:05:003400 N HALSTED STSIDEWALKNONENo
6JB1505002/13/2018 11:48:00900 W IRVING PARK RDSMALL RETAIL STORENONENo
7JB1529372/15/2018 11:15:001300 W IRVING PARK RDSIDEWALKNONENo
8JB1588442/20/2018 13:35:003700 N SOUTHPORT AVEMOVIE HOUSE THEATERKNIFENo
9JB1661032/24/2018 1:00:003500 N CLARK STALLEYHANDGUNNo
10JB1654922/25/2018 23:30:00900 W NEWPORT AVEALLEYKNIFEYES
11JB1693353/1/2018 1:20:003500 N HALSTED STSIDEWALKNONEYES
12JB17262903/03/2018 6:20:00 PM3800 N CLARK STHANDGUNSIDEWALKNo
13JB1791043/9/2018 8:59:001200 W BELMONT AVEALLEYOTHERNo
14JB1797283/9/2018 14:30:00900 W ADDISON STCTA PLATFORMNONENo
15JB1798433/9/2018 17:35:003600 N BROADWAYBANKNONEYES
16JB20018503/11/2018 5:00:00 AM009XX W BELMONT AVECTA TRAINNONENo
17JB1913963/19/2018 9:02:00800 W IRVING PARK RDSIDEWALKNONENo
18JB1914243/19/2018 9:30:003300 N BROADWAYSIDEWALKNONEYES
19JB19767403/24/2018 1:44:00 AM3400 N SOUTHPORT AVESTREETNONENo
20JB19974803/25/2018 11:00:00 PM800 W NEWPORT AVERESIDENTIAL YARDHANDGUNNo
21JB21228204/01/2018 3:00:00 AM3700 N CLIFTON AVEAPARTMENTNONENo
22JB22042104/11/2018 9:01:00 PM3500 N CLARK STALLEYNONENo
23JB22614904/16/2018 1:45:00 AM009XX W ADDISON STSIDEWALKNONENo
24JB22829004/17/2018 11:00:00 PM010XX W ADDISON STSTREETNONENo
25JB230424 (CSA)04/19/2018 8:55:00 PM039XX N FREMONT STRESIDENCE PORCH HALLWAYNONEYES
26JB23188504/20/2018 7:00:00 PM032XX N HALSTED STOTHERNONENo
27JB23203804/21/2018 3:00:00 AM008XX W CORNELIA AVESIDEWALKNONEYES
28JB23214004/21/2018 8:37:00 AM013XX W WAVELAND AVESTREETHANDGUNNo
29JB23320904/22/2018 5:30:00 AM007XX W ROSCOE STSIDEWALKNONENo
30JB23954604/26/2018 9:00:00 PM011XX W EDDY STSTREETNONENo