Thursday, July 25, 2019

Blotter: Another Grindr hook-up derails in Boystown; Lincoln Park rock-thrower causes $28K in damages; More...

Abdirahman Iman | CPD
Another Grindr hookup has gone wrong. A rock thrower caused $28K in damages. And a man’s charged with beating his girlfriend's noisy poodle with a sandal. Those are a few of the latest court cases to catch our eye. Here are the details:

• Two Boystown residents called police after a Grindr hookup went awry last Friday night. The roommates, ages 29 and 27, told cops that they invited 31-year-old Abdirahman Iman to “socialize and party” at their house in the 500 block of West Stratford, but they wound up asking Iman to leave after he became “incensed and belligerent.”

Since Iman refused to leave, the men tried to escort him out, and Iman repeatedly elbowed one of them in the neck and face, they said. One of the roommate’s fingers got wedged in a door.

But wait. There’s more. Cops say they found one of the roommate’s wallets in Iman’s shoe during a custodial search.

Prosecutors charged him with misdemeanor counts of theft, battery, and criminal trespass to a residence. Iman, who lives in suburban Minneapolis, was released on a recognizance bond.

Last Friday’s case is the latest in a string of incidents involving Grindr hook-ups.  A Boystown resident told police in June that he had several hours of sex with a Grindr buddy before the mood changed and he wound up getting beaten with a hammer and robbed. Charges were filed.

Two men are currently charged with ambushing and robbing nine separate men in 2017 after luring the victims via Grindr. And a Grindr date was accused of nearly severing his Uptown host’s finger with a machete in January 2018.

Alejandro Alvarez | CPD
• A Lower West Side man caused grave injuries to his girlfriend's poodle when he struck the year-old dog in the head with a sandal, prosecutors said.

Alejandro Alvarez, 34, was arrested after police were called to an animal hospital in the 3100 block of North Clybourn where the dog was being treated last Saturday morning.

Police said their body cameras were rolling as Alvarez admitted to twice hitting the poodle mix named ChaCha because it wouldn't stop barking. The strikes “caused severe head trauma, internal bleeding, and a cervical contusion leaving the dog in a coma-like state,” police wrote in Alvarez’s arrest report.

A veterinarian told police that ChaCha was not responding to treatment and would have to be put to sleep, the officers said. Alvarez was charged with misdemeanor cruelty to animals and released on a recognizance bond.

Tyshawn Ferguson is accused of damaging three Lincoln Park buildings, including the one at right. | CPD; Google
Prosecutors say a man armed with nothing more than rocks caused more than $28,000 worth of damage to three high-rise buildings near Clark and Fullerton last week.

A witness flagged down police after reportedly seeing 30-year-old Tyshawn Ferguson throw rocks through three eight-foot-square windows at a condo building on the corner of Fullerton and Lakeview Avenues around 3:30 p.m. on July 16th. Damage estimate: $15,000

Another man reported that Ferguson threw rocks through two sets of glass doors at another building and then entered the lobby to throw a rock at the front desk attendant. The rock struck the desk, causing a large piece of granite to fall to the floor, the man said. Damage estimate: $13,000.

An engineer from a third apartment building also approached police to report that Ferguson threw a rock through a front door at his complex. Damage there was estimated to be just $354, police said.

Ferguson is charged with two counts of felony criminal damage to property, misdemeanor criminal damage to property, and misdemeanor aggravated assault of a private security officer. He was ordered held without bail.

At the time of his arrest, Ferguson was AWOL after skipping bail in a criminal damage case on the Northwest Side. He was also wanted for skipping bail in a case that accuses him of trespassing and resisting Metra police.
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