Sunday, November 11, 2018

Wrigleyville menace charged with robbery, theft from suburban man

If there’s a person who has been mentioned in more arrest reports on CWBChicago than Marcell Townsend, we’d be hard pressed to name them.

Time after time, Townsend has been arrested in the Wrigleyville area where he frequently sells drugs to bar-hoppers, according to police. In 2016, we even published a spreadsheet of Townsend’s arrests.


CaseDateAddress of ArrestChargesAllegationDisposition
HR70789412/27/20097300 S. KingstonCannabisNot AvailableStricken
HS58645710/28/20107100 S. JeffreyCannabisNot AvailableStricken
HT3305186/4/20117200 S. ExchangeCannabisNot AvailableStricken
HV1884273/8/201269th Street Red Line PlatfformCannabisNot AvailableStricken
HV1884273/8/201269th Street Red Line PlatfformSoliciting on CTANot AvailableStricken
HV57209711/21/20121200 S. IndependenceCannabisNot AvailableDropped by state
HV57209711/21/20121200 S. IndependencePossession of Controlled Substance (2 counts)Not AvailableDropped by state
HW1108171/9/2013100 W. 109thCannabisNot AvailableStricken
Not Available4/7/2013Not AvailablePossession of Controlled SubstanceNot AvailableDropped by state
HW1942973/22/20143300 N. ClarkBatteryPer the police report, a man told police that Townsend became enraged during a verbal altercation and punched the man in the face. During a custody search, police found a clear baggie containing two smaller bags of suspected cocaine protruding from Townsend's waistbandVictim did not appear. Stricken
HW1942973/22/20143300 N. ClarkPossession of Controlled SubstancePer the police report, a man told police that Townsend became enraged during a verbal altercation and punched the man in the face. During a custody search, police found a clear baggie containing two smaller bags of suspected cocaine protruding from Townsend's waistbandDropped by state
HW58747512/29/20133525 N. ClarkPossession of Controlled Substance (2 counts)Not AvailableDropped by state
HW58747512/29/20133525 N. ClarkCannabisNot AvailableDropped by state
HX1095441/10/20147400 S. ExchangeCannabisNot AvailableStricken
HX3192056/26/20143230 N. WiltonTheftPer police report: A man flagged down officers near the Belmont Red Line station and said his friend's phone had just been stolen by a man who fled into a nearby alley. Officers entered the alley and saw Townsend toss an object onto the ground. Townsend was detained and officers determined the object to be the victim's iPhone. Townsend was positively identified by the victim as the person who snatched her phone from her hand.Stricken
HX4356289/24/20146259 S. IndianaCriminal Trespass to VehiclePer police report: Townsend ran a stop sign at 6300 S. Prairie. Police ran the plate and found the vehicle had been reported stolen from the 900 block of W. Addison.Stricken
HX54881612/19/20143702 N. ClarkPossession of Controlled Substance (2 counts)According to court complaints, Townsend was accused of stealing a woman's iPhone. Arresting officers found a Ziploc bag containing suspect cocaine and a plastic bag containing smaller bags of suspect marijuana.Dropped by state
HX54881612/19/20143702 N. ClarkCannabisAccording to court complaints, Townsend was accused of stealing a woman's iPhone. Arresting officers found a Ziploc bag containing suspect cocaine and a plastic bag containing smaller bags of suspect marijuana.Stricken
HX54881612/19/20143702 N. ClarkTheftAccording to court complaints, Townsend was accused of stealing a woman's iPhone. Arresting officers found a Ziploc bag containing suspect cocaine and a plastic bag containing smaller bags of suspect marijuana.Sentenced to 18 years court supervision on January 14, 2015
HY1746483/6/20153507 N. ClarkPossession of Controlled SubstanceNot AvailableDropped by state
HY1746483/6/20153507 N. ClarkCannabisNot AvailableStricken
HY1746483/6/20153507 N. ClarkSoliciting An Unlawful BusinessNot AvailableThrown out by judge (Non Suited)
HY3008536/13/20153400 N. SheffieldUnlawful Possession of Motor VehiclePer police report: Officers at a Mobil station in the 1200 block of N. Halsted heard Townsend ask the clerk for $10 worth of gas, then exit the store and walk past the vehicle that he bought gas for. Suspicious of his conduct, officers ran the vehicle plate and it came back stolen. Townsend was stopped. He told the officers that a guy named "Ralph" at the Cubby Bear in Wrigleyville gave him the vehicle to use. When officers asked where the vehicle's keys were, Townsend said "I don't want no trouble. I threw them behind the fence by the bus stop." Officers went to that location and found the vehicle's keys.Guilty plea. 2 years probation.
HY50078211/14/20151053 W. AddisonTheftFrom court records: Townsend and his brother, Zikee, were accused of taking a Texas man's debit card and $20 as the victim used an ATM near Addison and Racine in Wrigleyville.Victim, a resident of Texas did not appear in court. Stricken.
CaseDateAddress of ArrestChargesAllegationDisposition

Guess what? Marcell Townsend has been arrested in Wrigleyville again. He’s charged with felony theft and felony robbery this time. (We know, it’s a stunner.)

Here’s what allegedly happened this time:

Marcell Townsend | CPD
Early last Sunday morning, police were flagged down by two suburban men in the 3500 block of North Clark. One of the men told police that he was approached by Townsend who took the victim’s phone without permission and then accessed the man’s Venmo account. Venmo is an app that lets you make payments to people and businesses.

According to the victim, Townsend transferred $950 from the victim’s bank to Townsend’s own account. Townsend then gave the man his phone back and left, the victim said.

The victim showed police the Venmo app on his phone and officers verified that $950 had been transferred to Marcell Townsend, “a known offender” that they had just seen up the street, according to their report.

Townsend was stopped in the 3600 block of North Clark and he immediately promised to transfer all of the money back if the victims would not press charges.

But, darn the luck, Townsend had “technical issues with his Venmo,” police said.

Townsend, age 26, was arrested. Again.

Judge David Navarro set his bail at $5,000. So far, Townsend has been unable to come up with the $500 he needs to bail out. He’s due back in court on Tuesday.
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