Monday, October 15, 2018

Duo charged with robbing River North donut shop, beating its employees

Joshua Santana (L) and Raul Tijerina are charged with robbing this Dunkin Donuts and beating its employees, police said. | CPD; Google
Two men are now charged with beating and robbing the employees of a Dunkin Donuts restaurant in River North early Sunday morning. One of the men is on parole for shooting someone in 2007.

Police were called to the donut shop at 309 West Chicago around 2:30 a.m. Sunday after employees noticed two masked men outside the restaurant’s front door. Officers arrived quickly enough to see the robbery unfolding and they engaged two offenders in a foot pursuit that ended with two arrests in the 700 block of North Wells.

Joshua Santana, 27, and Raul Tijerina, 32, were taken into custody as they ran with the store’s cash register, a laptop bag, and a gun, according to police.

Police said the two entered the restaurant and began beating the employees with their fists and with the handgun before gathering proceeds and running out as police arrived. Tijerina is on parole after being sentenced to ten years for aggravated battery with a firearm in 2008.

Both men are charged with two counts of armed robbery with a firearm. Tijerina is also held on a warrant for violation of parole. They are due in bond court this afternoon.

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Uptown: Two injured in separate shootings Sunday evening

The first victim was shot as he rode in a vehicle near the Wilson Avenue underpass at Lake Shore Drive. | Google
Two people, including a 15-year-old boy, were injured in separate shootings just minutes apart in the Uptown neighborhood on Sunday evening. No one is in custody, but the same gunman is believed to be responsible for both shootings.

In the first incident, a 31-year-old man was riding in a vehicle near the Wilson Avenue underpass of Lake Shore Drive when someone in another car opened fire on him just before 8:30 p.m., according to information provided by a police department source. The driver of the victim’s car took him to nearby Weiss Hospital where the man was listed in fair condition with a gunshot wound to his right shoulder, a graze wound to his neck, and a lacerated finger.

Meanwhile, the shooter’s vehicle is believed to have continued westbound on Wilson Avenue until the gunman opened fire on a group of people standing in the parking lot of the McDonald’s at 1004 West Wilson. A 15-year-old boy was struck in the left foot.

The teen shooting victim's Facebook photo (edited) | Facebook
Another shot flew through the window of a nearby apartment building. The bullet came to rest on the resident’s kitchen counter, police said.

The teen was transported to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in good condition. According to the boy’s Facebook profile, he is a student at Lane Tech High School. His profile photo shows him standing in the same McDonald’s parking lot with a group of teens, some of whom appear to be flashing gang signs.

Witnesses described the shooter’s vehicle as a Mercedes-Benz hatchback with tinted windows. It was last seen continuing west on Wilson Avenue from the McDonald’s. Police suspect the gunman is a member of the Black P Stones street gang.

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Sunday, October 14, 2018

Cool weather doesn't slow robberies downtown

The crisp, autumnal weather we’ve been enjoying over the past few days has not slowed the pace of Chicago's hard-working downtown street robbers. Here are some of the cases that have been reported to police:

• Two suspects are in custody and a firearm was recovered after police responded to a call of suspicious people outside of the Dunkin Donuts at 309 West Chicago Avenue early on Sunday. Officers arrived quickly enough to see a robbery unfolding and they engaged the offenders in a foot pursuit that ended with two arrests in the 700 block of North Wells.

The donut shop’s cash register was recovered on Wells street along a stolen laptop bag, and a gun that was used in the hold-up. CWBChicago will publish an updated report when final charges are approved.

• A Lakeview man told police that he was jumped and robbed as he walked out of a River North bar early Sunday. The victim told police he was leaving the bar in the 600 block of North Clark around 4 a.m. when an unknown man started yelling at him,  threw his phone, and robbed him. He said the robber was a 6’5”-tall black man who was wearing a gray sweatshirt and dark jeans.

• Chicago police are searching for at least one known offender after a Subway restaurant employee was pepper-sprayed during an armed robbery Thursday evening in River North. Four offenders entered the restaurant at 816 North State Street around 8:30 p.m. and began eating merchandise without paying, the store clerk said. When the 34-year-old employee confronted the men, the clerk was beaten about the head and pepper-sprayed by the offenders who fled the scene. Police reviewed phone video of the incident and immediately identified one of the offenders as someone they are familiar with. Area Central detectives are investigating.

• Police said a 35-year-old man was beaten up and robbed by a group of offenders in Grant Park on Wednesday evening. No one is in custody. The victim was walking in the 1100 block of South Michigan around 7:45 p.m. when a group of strangers approached him from behind and demanded his valuables. One of the robbers punched the victim in the face while another went through the victim’s pockets and removed property, including his cell phone, police said. The victim declined medical attention.

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Lakeview: Woman reports sexual assault by apartment intruder

Approximate locations of the three incidents.
A 59-year-old woman told police that she came home Saturday afternoon and discovered a man inside her high-rise apartment in the 3100 block of North Sheridan Road. The man forced her to perform a sex act and then left the building, police said. No suspect description was available from police. The incident remains under investigation.

The reported sexual assault was the second time since Thursday that a woman arrived home to find intruders in her apartment in the same neighborhood. The two cases have not been connected by investigators.

Thursday evening, a woman returned home in the 3900 block of North Pine Grove and walked in on two men as they burglarized her apartment, police said. One of the men pulled the 22-year-old victim into the apartment while displaying a handgun. He demanded the woman’s property while the other man went through her pockets, police said. The two men then fled.

Elsewhere in Lakeview

• A man reported being attacked and robbed by an unknown offender as he walked home from a late-night restaurant in Boystown early Saturday. The victim was in the 800 block of West Belmont around 12:45 a.m. when a man on a bike knocked him down and stole his wallet, according to a police report. The offender, described as a bald white man in his 20’s who was wearing a black jacket, then fled northbound on Dayton Street.

• A Lakeview couple reported that a man armed with two knives assaulted them as they walked home in the 3000 block of North Broadway around 4 a.m. on Saturday. The couple initially thought the man was trying to rob them as he brandished a knife in each hand, but they managed to escape and call police from nearby. The offender is described as a skinny white male who’s about 6-feet tall. He was wearing a black hoodie that covered his head.

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Business burglaries reported in Uptown and North Center


More than two weeks after police warned about burglaries to businesses in the Uptown neighborhood, another break-in has been reported in the same area. No one is in custody.

Around 2 o’clock on Sunday morning, police found the Uptown Vietnamese Restaurant burglarized in the 1000 block of West Argyle. The cash register had been broken into, they said.

Police previously warned of a business burglary in the 1100 block of West Argyle early on September 24th and another in the 4900 block of North Broadway on September 22nd. In a community alert, police said the burglars were forcing their way into businesses through front doors or windows and then removing property from inside.

The alert said a witness described the burglars as two black men between the ages of 25 and 45. One is about 6-feet tall, 170 to 200 pounds, and dark complected, police said. The other is a little shorter and has a light complexion.

Anyone with information about the burglaries may contact Area North investigators at 312-744-8263.

North Center burglaries

Two restaurants in the North Center neighborhood were burglarized Thursday, according to reports filed with Chicago police.

Around 5:20 a.m., an unknown offender broke through the back door of Red Eye Coffee, 4161 North Lincoln. Police found the cash register, $100 cash, and a key safe missing.

Later on Thursday, staff discovered that a bar in the 4300 block of North Lincoln had been forcibly burglarized sometime after closing on Wednesday.

No offender descriptions were available for the North Center incidents.

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Christian Dior robbery: 3 arrested after trying to sell stolen one-of-a-kind purse online, cops say

Left to right: Lawerance Hall; Tishawn Holliday; and Tia Jennings | CPD; Google
Three adults have been arrested and charged in connection with the armed robbery of a Christian Dior boutique near the Magnificent Mile this week after they agreed to meet with an undercover officer to sell a stolen Dior purse for $9,000, according to police and court records. A juvenile girl has also been charged in the case, according to a police department source.

One of the accused persons is currently on probation after he pleaded guilty in a robbery-related incident at the Magnificent Mile Saks Fifth Avenue store this summer.

The $34,000 purse. | OfferUp
Around 1:30 p.m. on October 8th, four teenage women or girls entered the Christian Dior store at 931 North Rush Street. They spread out across the store, began grabbing purses, and then ran for the exit. When a 30-year-old Dior employee tried to stop one of the women, the offender threatened the worker with pepper spray, police said.

Dior management estimated that more than $67,000 worth of merchandise was stolen by the women, including a $34,000 purse that is the only one of its kind in the United States.

The girls ran to a black Ford Mustang occupied by two men that was idling outside. After the Mustang sped away, the girls continued walking southbound on Rush, police said.

Investigators this week found the one-of-a-kind purse being offered for sale on a mobile app and arranged for a meeting to make the purchase in the 400 block of West Roosevelt Road on Thursday morning.

Police say 19-year-old Lawerance Hall, 19-year-old Tia Jennings, and 20-year-old Tishawn Holliday met them and displayed the stolen $34,000 purse that was to be sold.

All three were taken into custody.

A review of postings on the application OfferUp this afternoon revealed a $34,000 Christian Dior purse being offered for $15,000 by a member named "TyMoneyy."

"Brand new bag. Still have dustbag. Everything," the ad said.

Hall and Holliday are charged with felony theft of $10,000 to $100,000. Jennings is charged with Class X felony armed robbery and was also held on a suburban arrest warrant.

It turns out that Hall is on probation for a case involving the robbery of Saks Fifth Avenue at 700 North Michigan Avenue last November.

Prosecutors said Hall was positively identified as one member of a shoplifting mob that stole $3,850 worth of scarfs from the store and then battered a store security officer who tried to stop them on the sidewalk.

When cops arrestee Hall outside his Oakland neighborhood home a few days later, he was carrying a loaded 40-caliber handgun with a laser attachment and an extended magazine in his waistband, police said.

This summer, Hall pleaded guilty to aggravated battery of a merchant and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. He was sentenced to two years probation. Charges of robbery and retail theft over $300 were dropped in the plea deal.

Before Hall was arrested at the Dior purse meet-up, police recording devices captured audio of him stating that he was to be paid $100 for driving Hall and Holliday to sell the $34,000 purse, according to prosecutors.

Hall is being held in lieu of $10,000 bail on the Dior case and is held without bail on a violation of probation filing in the Saks Fifth Avenue case, according to court records.

Bail for Jennings was set at $10,000. No bail information was immediately available for Holliday. The three are due back in court on Thursday. No further information was available about the juvenile because their case is shielded by law.

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Uptown: Two suspicious fires eyed by arson investigators

Approximate locations of this week's fires. 
Chicago police are investigating two possible arson fires that were reported about two blocks apart in the Uptown neighborhood this week. No one has been injured in the fires which were isolated to individual units in apartment buildings, police said.

Around 10:55 p.m. on Oct. 7th, officers and fire personnel responded to a fire in an apartment building in the 900 block of West Eastwood. A police spokesperson said “the fire appears to be arson” and is an on-going investigation.

Then, at 10:50 p.m. on Oct. 10th, emergency teams responded to a fire in an apartment building in the 800 block of West Lakeside place. Firemen traced the source of the fire to an ignited oven that had been filled with “miscellaneous items,” police said. No one was inside the apartment at the time of the fire. This incident also remains under investigation.

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Saturday, October 13, 2018

New details, images released in Lakeview home invasion


Chicago police have issued new details about a Thursday evening home invasion in Lakeview as well as photographs of the offenders. CWBChicago first reported on the crime early Friday

According to investigators’ newly-released information, the two suspects seen here entered the vestibule of the woman’s apartment building in the 3900 block of North Pine Grove around 5:50 p.m. Thursday and waited for someone to leave the building so they could make entry through the locked front door.

Once inside the building, the men entered the victim’s unlocked apartment.

The woman, 22, walked in on the men as they were burglarizing her unit and one of the men pulled the victim into the apartment while displaying a handgun. He demanded the woman’s property while the other man went through her pockets, police said. The two men then fled.

Police also updated their descriptions of the offenders:
• A Hispanic or black male between 18- and 30-years-old with an olive complexion and facial hair. He was wearing a gray winter hat, dark pants, dark shoes, and was carrying a black and white backpack.
• A black male between 18- and 25-years-old with a medium to dark complexion. He was wearing a black coat, a multi-colored shirt, acid wash or ripped blue jeans, dark shoes, and a black backpack with a checkered pattern on the back.
Anyone with information about the offenders can contact Area North investigators at 312-744-8263.

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Friday, October 12, 2018

Lakeview: Woman reports gunpoint robbery in her home


A Lakeview woman told police that two men robbed her at gunpoint in her home Thursday evening in the 3900 block of North Pine Grove. No one is in custody.

The victim, 22, reported that two men entered her apartment through the front door around 6:20 p.m. and pointed a handgun at her, a police spokesperson said. The men entered her apartment and began going through her pockets.

Those two men took things from her home, the woman said, then they ran down the hallway. The woman was not injured, police said.

Police said the victim told them that one offender was white and the other was black. Both men were wearing backpacks. One wore a gray skull cap, had a beard, and wore a long-sleeved gray t-shirt. The other wore a puffy blue jacket and acid wash jeans, the woman said.

Two suspects were seen on video leaving the building, police said. No one is in custody.
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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Prosecutors: Man cut teen's throat with a box cutter for "taking up too much sidewalk"

Chevazz Campbell allegedly slashed the teen on this Roosevelt Road bridge. | Google; CPD
A man slashed a 17-year-old boy’s throat in the West Loop because the teen and his girlfriend were “taking up too much sidewalk,” according to court records.

Chevazz Campbell, the boy and a 16-year-old girl were walking in the 400 block of West Roosevelt around 7:15 p.m. last Friday when Campbell allegedly became enraged that the teens were walking side-by-side. After insisting that the couple was taking up too much space on the sidewalk, Campbell pulled out a box cutter and cut the boy’s throat, prosecutors said.

The victim was admitted to Stroger Hospital, according to court records.

Police found Campbell near the Roosevelt Red Line station a few minutes later and took him into custody. He was later identified by the girl in a photo line-up, police said.

Prosecutors charged Campbell, 29, with felony aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. Judge John Lyke ordered him to be held without bail.

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