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Thursday, January 23, 2014

IMPECCABLE TIMING (UPDATED): Battery Victim Seeks Help At Broadway Youth Center

UPDATE JANUARY 31: CWB has confirmed that the BYC client was injured in the event that was reported as "15 people fighting" on the street at 2:50PM.

It looks like the Broadway Youth Center (BYC) "Good Neighbor Agreement" is going to get an early test.

Just two days after BYC received a zoning variance to operate on a residential street, a victim reported that he was beaten up by a known offender near Wellington and Broadway at 3PM Thursday. 

When police arrived, they were informed that the victim had gone to the Broadway Youth Center, 615 W. Wellington, to have a leg injury treated.

After receiving treatment, the victim was escorted by officers to the Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted, in the belief that the attacker may have gone there. It does not appear that they were successful in their hunt for the offender, who is described as male, black, wearing a red hat and black jacket.  He was in the company of other males at the time of the attack.

A battery report has been filed. The case number is HX124943.

Just 10 minutes before this victim's 911 call came in, officers handled another call of 15 people fighting on the street at 3023 N. Broadway, about a half-block north of Wellington. It is not clear if the two incidents are related.

Under the terms of the BYC's Good Neighbor Agreement,
BYC staff or volunteers will monitor the Facility and immediate proximity to the Facility on days when BYC program participants are present during the regular hours of operation of the BYC programs. BYC staff or volunteers will have additional monitoring presence for one (1) hour before and for one (1) hour after the BYC Drop-in program begins and ends on days when this program is offered.
The drop-in program ended at 3PM Thursday, about 4 minutes before the victim's 911 call.

We asked Howard Brown Health Center General Counsel Michelle Wetzel about Thursday's incident.

Wetzel reports that,
[BYC] staff was present and helped break up the situation and escorted the youth back to the BYC where our nurse cleaned up and bandaged the youth’s knee.  In the meantime, the youth had called the police himself.  The police came and met the youth at the BYC.  The youth then went with the police to help the police identify his assailants.
Thursdays incident has been investigated and documented as called for by the Good Neighbor Agreement, Wetzel says. "This is exactly how our system is designed to work and it worked perfectly."

In a related development, Wetzel tells us that BYC is in the process of expanding the "monitoring area" that center staff will patrol beyond the front of their operation.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

HONEYMOON'S OVER: 3 Robberies At Gunpoint Tuesday Evening

Violent offenders came out of hibernation in force Tuesday evening as police responded to three separate robberies at gunpoint in Boystown and nearby Lakeview. 

All of the incidents took place before midnight and involved multiple offenders. No one is in custody.

Woman Held Up In Boystown
Two robbers held a woman at gunpoint in the 800 block of Cornelia, just west of Halsted at 9 p.m. Tuesday.

The woman was approached near Cornelia and Fremont by two black men wearing face masks and black jackets. One wore camouflage pants and the other wore black pants. Both were about 6-feet tall.

After taking away the woman's backpacks, which contained her wallet and keys, the offenders ran west on Cornelia, then south on Clark.

One of the stolen backpacks is red, the other is blue, black, and orange. CPD case #HX123036.

Cab Driver Robbed In Lakeview
At 11:20PM, the driver of a Flash taxi cab told police that he was robbed of his iPhone 5 and $300 cash by three passengers near Racine and Oakdale. One of the passengers was armed with a small black revolver.

All three offenders escaped by running west on Oakdale and north through the alley east of Racine. They are described as male, black, 24 to 26 years old, 6' tall, skinny, wearing all dark clothing.

The incident is recorded as an armed robbery with a handgun in CPD case HX123136.

UPDATE 8:41AM: DNAInfo adds that the taxi driver "received a call for a pickup from three men who got into the cab and then put a gun to him."

Stick-Up At Irving Park & Broadway

The locations of Tuesday evening's robberies are plotted
on this Google map.
Around 7:30PM Tuesday, a man was robbed at gunpoint by three offenders near Irving Park Road and Broadway. The robbers fled northbound on Broadway after the crime.

The three descriptions:
1) Male, black, 5'4" tall, 160 pounds, wearing a black hoodie, black coat, and jogging pants. He may have been armed with a revolver.
2) Male, Hispanic, wearing a Miami Dolphins skull cap, gray/blue two-tone jacket, and jeans.
3) Male, black, 5'5" tall, 180 pounds, wearing a fleece jacket. He had braids in his hair and a long scar on the right side of his face.
CPD case number is HX122947.

Monday, January 13, 2014

BRAT PACK: Swarm Of Juveniles Rob Man At Addison Red Line, 1 Arrested

A group of six to eight rug rats stole an Edgewater resident's phone at the Addison L station around 11:45 last night. The group members were reportedly between 14 and 17 years old.

The teen who took the phone was detained by witnesses but he managed to throw the phone downstairs to an accomplice who ran off with the rest of the youths.

The detained thief was arrested, processed, and has been returned to his Logan Square home.

Witnesses were able to provide detailed descriptions of two additional members of the group:

1) male, black, 5'8" tall, "lots of dreads," wearing a beanie over his face and a red hoodie. He is the one who caught the victim's phone.

2) male, black, wearing a green hoodie with the number 32 on it.

The case is recorded as a strong arm robbery in CPD case HX112297.

Then, there's this...
A pothole at Oakley and Irving Park is so big, it set off a car’s airbag last night, according to a 19th district sergeant.

Saturday, January 04, 2014

MR.KNIFE GUY: Walgreens Offender Strikes Again

A man who has repeatedly pulled a knife and robbed neighborhood Walgreens stores of liquor struck again this evening at Belmont and Sheffield.

It does not appear that any merchandise was taken in tonight's incident.

Police responded to the Belmont store after the menace threatened an employee with a knife at 5:55PM Saturday.

The assailant, described as male, black, wearing a black coat, a black skull cap, black shoes, and carrying a white bag, was last seen walking eastbound on Belmont.

Nearby Walgreens locations have been given a heads up that the man is in our area.

Tonight's incident is recorded as an aggravated assault with a knife. Case #TBD.

Related Stories
September 28: NO-PAY CUERVO: Shoplifter Pulls Knife On Walgreens Employee
October 12: ENCORE: Knife-Wielding Liquor Thief Returns To Walgreens
December 24: TRIPLE PLAY: Liquor-Loving Thug Robs Walgreens At Knifepoint. Again.


Sunday, December 29, 2013

PUMMELED: Man Attacked In Grocery Store Parking Lot

A man is being treated at Illinois Masonic Medical Center after he sustained serious injuries in an attack outside of the Treasure Island grocery store, 3460 N. Broadway, at 3:05 this afternoon.

The offender, described as male, black, 23-24 years old, 5'9" tall, and very thin, was last seen running westbound on Cornelia toward Halsted Street. He was wearing a reddish-orange sweatshirt and tan pants. He may have had a brown box of candy.

Initial reports indicated that the man had been robbed in the grocery store parking lot, however the incident is currently classified as an aggravated battery with a dangerous weapon in CPD case #HW588007.

UPDATE FEBRUARY 16, 2014: Updated information and further details of this case are available HERE.

MEAN GIRLS: Lady Bandits Strike Again; "Lots" Of Purses, Wallets Seen In Get-Away Car

Two women who robbed a couple of ladies on Melrose Avenue in Boystown on Monday appear to have struck again in Lincoln Park.

Around 3:30 Saturday morning, a silver car with two female occupants pulled up to a man at Clark and Wrightwood. Both women were black, in their 20's, about 5'7" tall. One of the women, who weighs a whopping 200 pounds, got out of the car and stole the man's wallet.

The thieves then drove southbound on Clark Street. The man's description of the offenders closely matches that given by the two Boystown robbery victims.

Interestingly, the victim in this incident reported seeing lots of purses and wallets in the get-away car.

Recorded as a theft in CPD case HW586343.

LADIES WITH AN ATTITUDE: 2 Women Rob 2 Other Women In Boystown Overnight

Friday, December 27, 2013

WTF?: Man Whacks Woman With A Hammer, She Gets HIS Cell Phone!

Now here's a twist.

A Lakeview woman called police at 10:15 this morning after a stranger walked up and smacked her in the head with a hammer.

When it was all said and done, the victim wound up with the attacker's cell phone!

There has been no arrest and the incident does not appear to be a robbery attempt.

This morning's incident took place about a half-mile from the scene of a similar hammer attack on October 16.

According to police, today's attack took place near the intersection of Mildred and George, just northwest of Halsted and Diversey. The unknown offender—described as male, black, slim, tall, wearing a dark colored jacket and blue jeans—struck the victim in the head with the hammer, dropped his cell phone, then fled northbound on Mildred Avenue toward Illinois Masonic Medical Center.

The locations the hammer attacks in October (1) and this morning (2).
One of the victim's neighbors chased after the man, but lost track of him.

The victim declined ambulance services and turned her attacker's cell phone over to police.

Logged as an aggravated battery with a dangerous weapon in CPD case #HW585246.

On October 16, an unknown offender struck a woman in the head with a hammer as she walked near the DePaul campus. That victim was not robbed either and the offender was never caught.

HAMMERED: Woman Hit In The Head Near DePaul

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

AGAIN & AGAIN & AGAIN: Yet ANOTHER Woman Robbed In Familiar Fashion; Second Mugging At Halsted/Oakdale Since Thursday

Forget that junk about cold weather being a deterrent against crime. At least three robberies have been reported in the neighborhood since yesterday afternoon.

Disturbingly, yet another woman was jumped and robbed by two offenders who fled the scene in a light-colored vehicle yesterday evening. The details of the attack closely resemble a series of recent robberies that CWB began reporting on last week.

At 8:50PM yesterday, a witness reported hearing a woman screaming near Halsted and Oakdale, just south of Illinois Masonic Medical Center. Within seconds, the witness saw two men jump into a silver or gray 4-door car and flee westbound in the alley toward Sheffield.

The victim personally called for help about a minute later.

The offenders are described as black men. One of them had short dreads and was very skinny.

This rash of incidents has played out in the area between Fullerton and Belmont, Broadway and Sheffield.

Last night's mugging is the second at Halsted and Oakdale in days. At 5:50 last Thursday morning, a woman was pushed to the ground and robbed near that intersection as she made her way to yoga class. CWB reported then that, "the offenders grabbed the woman, forced her to the ground, then took her brown Coach purse and iPhone 5. The offenders fled on foot and are believed to have met up with a get-away vehicle."

Monday's CPD case number is HW582303.

NEARBY: Series Of Street Crimes In Lincoln Park
WINTER PLUNDERLAND: 2 Women Robbed In Separate Attacks As Sun Rises Thursday
AGAIN: Another Woman Robbed In Lakeview During Morning Commute

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Yet ANOTHER robbery went down at 12:30 this morning near Briar Street and Orchard, one block east of Halsted.

A man who lives in the area was robbed by two men who threatened him with a black handgun.

The offenders are described as two young black men. One has facial hair, the other does not. After robbing the victim, the offenders jumped into a 1990s light brown or tan Toyota Corolla and sped northbound on Orchard toward Belmont.

Logged as an armed robbery with a handgun in CPD case HW582435.

TRIPLE PLAY: Liquor-Loving Thug Robs Walgreens At Knifepoint. Again.

A knife-wielding offender took bottles of liquor from the Walgreens at Halsted and Barry at 3:55PM yesterday. This is at least the third time that the same scenario has played out at that store since September.

The description of Monday's robber is very similar to the two earlier incidents: Male, black, 5'6" tall, 140 pounds, 35-40 years old, wearing all black clothing, a 3/4-length coat, carrying a black backpack and a shopping bag.

He was last seen heading eastbound on Briar Street from Halsted.

Recorded as an armed robbery with a knife in CPD case #HW581965.

NO-PAY CUERVO: Shoplifter Pulls Knife On Walgreens Employee
ENCORE: Knife-Wielding Liquor Thief Returns To Walgreens

Monday, December 23, 2013

LADIES WITH AN ATTITUDE: 2 Women Rob 2 Other Women In Boystown Overnight

Two women were strong arm robbed by two offenders at 1 o'clock this morning at 450 W. Melrose, near Melrose and Lake Shore Drive. The offenders fled westbound toward Melrose restaurant with the victims' valuables.

The robbers are described as black females in their 20's. Both were about 5'6" tall. One was heavyset and one wore pink and gray knee-high socks. CPD case #TBD.

Friday, December 20, 2013

INCONVENIENCE STORE: Midday Carjacking at Irving Park Gas Station

UPDATE: This vehicle was involved in a fatal crash on the afternoon of December 21. An 11-year-old boy was killed after being ejected from another vehicle that the stolen minivan collided with during a police pursuit.

CWB withheld the vehicle's license plate in the following report, as our practice. We can confirm, however, that the plate seen in media reports of today's crash matches the plate number of the stolen vehicle.

 CWB links to external stories about the crash are HERE. Our original report follows.


The stolen minivan is seen in ABC7 footage after it became involved
in a fatal collision during a police pursuit on Saturday, December 21.
A Dunning resident's quick stop at the gas station ended much differently than anyone would hope this morning.

Witnesses reported that a carjacker pulled a driver out of a minivan at the Irving Park & Broadway BP station, then drove off with the victim's vehicle around 11:15AM.

The stolen vehicle is a green 1998 Dodge Caravan with three fish on the back window. It was last seen going westbound on Irving Park from Broadway.

Witnesses describe the offender as male, Hispanic, about 30 years old, 6' to 6'3" tall, wearing a black coat that has white areas under the arms and on the sides.

Recorded as a vehicular hijacking under CPD case #HW577920.

AGAIN: Another Woman Robbed In Lakeview During Morning Commute

Another woman has reported being struck and robbed in nearby Lakeview.  The incident has some parallels with two robberies that we told you about yesterday as well as attacks earlier this week in Lincoln Park.

In this morning's attack, a woman who is visiting Chicago was reportedly robbed of her purse and cell phone near Southport and School around 7 o'clock.

One offender is described as male, black, wearing a camouflage hooded jacket. He was with a black female who wore a denim jacket, cap, and camouflage pajama pants.

The victim reported that her attackers fled the area eastbound on foot.

A witness who called police separately said that the offenders escaped in a white Pontiac. The witness stated that the robbers were both men.

This is recorded as a strong arm robbery in CPD case #HW577697.

THUG THAW: 2 Robberies Reported Overnight; Gunman On Pine Grove

A woman was robbed at gunpoint in the 3700 block of Pine Grove at 3:30 this morning. The victim reports that the offender displayed a handgun and took her gray leather purse, which contained a tablet, credit cards, and money.

The gunman is described as male, black, 5'8" tall, and thin. He has dreads and wore a sweater with a vest over it and gray sweat pants. He was last seen running southbound on Pine Grove toward Waveland.

Recorded as an armed robbery with a handgun in CPD case HW577599.

At 3:11AM, a Lakeview man was robbed by three men, one of whom was armed with a baton. The robbery went down just west of Wrigleyville near Addison and Bosworth.

The victim described one offender as male, white, 6-feet tall,  175 pounds, wearing a green hoodie. The victim believes the offender was accompanied by two accomplices, who are only described as male and black.

Taken in the hold-up was the victim's wallet and iPhone5.

Officers drove around the area with the victim, but did not locate the offenders.

CPD case #HW577591.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

WINTER PLUNDERLAND: 2 Women Robbed In Separate Attacks As Sun Rises Thursday; Same Crew Suspected

Two women were robbed in separate incidents as the neighborhood awoke this morning.

Many elements of the robberies sound similar to a series of incidents in nearby Lincoln Park and the south end of Lakeview that CWB described in THIS Tuesday report.

First Robbery
In this morning's first case, a woman on her way to yoga class was strong arm robbed around 5:50AM at Oakdale and Halsted. The offenders grabbed the woman, forced her to the ground, then took her brown Coach purse and iPhone 5. The offenders fled on foot and are believed to have met up with a get-away vehicle.

One offender is described as male, black, young, wearing a skull cap with a bow on top. The other was only described as a young black male in a green coat.

CPD case #HW576299.

Second Robbery
About an hour after the first robbery, another Lakeview woman was attacked and robbed as she walked one block from her home.

The robbery went down around 7AM at Broadway and Briar. Two offenders fled northbound in a small white 4-door Ford vehicle that was driven by a light-skinned or white female.

The attackers are described as two young black males about 5'6" tall and of slender builds. One wore a hat and ski jacket.

CPD case #HW576317.

Also Overnight
Very few details are available in a third robbery that a CTA police unit reported overnight at the Belmont Red Line station. According to the transit police, a man was "robbed at the club" near Belmont and Sheffield around 2:50AM. It is not clear if a 19th district unit made contact with the victim. Case number, if any, TBD.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

NEARBY: Series Of Street Crimes In Lincoln Park

It's been a strange couple of days in a nearby section of Lincoln Park and southern Lakeview.

There has been a series of crimes that involve similarly-described offenders.

The events have occurred during afternoon and evening hours.


#1 - Strong Arm Robbery - 8:20PM
Witnesses see two men beating up a third man near the intersection of Wrightwood and Orchard.  The victim's wallet, containing $100, is taken and the victim winds up at Illinois Masonic Medical Center.

His attackers are described as two 15- to 17-year-old black males. One offender has a backpack and the other wears a brown jacket. They run west on Wrightwood, then south toward Fullerton. CPD case #HW573359.

#2 - Credit Card Fraud/Disturbance - 9:01PM
An off-duty police sergeant reports a disturbance inside the La Bamba burrito stand at Wrightwood and Halsted, two blocks from the robbery location. Two young black men become argumentative after they are caught using someone else's credit card. The two youths flee. Police determine that the credit cards and other property belong to the robbery victim. Recorded as credit card fraud in CPD case #HW573440.

#3 - Battery - 9:06PM
Five minutes after and one block south of the burrito stand incident, a restaurant manager reports that two offenders grabbed him as he loaded groceries into the back door of his restaurant near Halsted and Fullerton. The offenders' intentions are not known. They are described as two men, black, in their mid-20's, 5'7" tall, wearing hooded jackets. The case is logged as a battery in CPD case #HW573425.

#4 - Disturbance - 10PM
A salon in the 2500 block of Lincoln reports that two men refuse to leave their lobby. The men then "removed the lightbulbs" from the salon's fixtures and flee before police arrive.


#5 - Robbery Attempt - 12:56PM
A woman reports that a man came up to her from behind near Sheffield and Diversey, battered her, pushed her to the ground and into the snow. He failed to wrestle away the victim's purse and then fled toward Halsted Street. The offender is described as male, black, about 18 years old, wearing a gray hoodie and a purple du-rag. CPD case #HW574046

#6 - Purse Snatching - 4:19PM
A woman reports that her purse and phone were snatched by a man near Oakdale and Seminary. The thief ran into a nearby alley where he jumped into a waiting 1980's-era black or bluish-gray car. He is described initially only as a black male. Recorded as a purse snatching in CPD case #HW575086.

In addition to these incidents, a man was robbed in the early Sunday morning at the intersection Fullerton and Halsted/Lincoln, as CWB reported this weekend. The offenders fled in a gray vehicle.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

NOT KOSHER: Tattooed Gunman Robs Milt's BBQ

Milt's BBQ For The Perplexed, a popular kosher restaurant at Broadway and Roscoe in Boystown, reported being robbed at gunpoint after service hours Monday night by a lone robber who had a tattoo under his left eye.

An employee told police that the gunman ran out the back door around 10:45PM with three cash drawers containing a total of $948.

Milt's closes at 10PM on Mondays, according to its website.

The offender is described as male, black, 27 to 32 years of age, 5'10" tall, 175 pounds, with a medium complexion. He had a tattoo under his left eye, wore a black hoodie, and covered the lower part of his face with a black mask. He was armed with a black semi-automatic handgun, according to the victim.

Perplexingly, Milt's back door opens to a rather restricted escape route as there are no city alleys on that block. Getting to and getting away from Milt's back door takes a certain amount of planning or special knowledge according to one nearby resident.

A possible route of egress was found when officers discovered an open gate behind a building in the 500 block of Roscoe.

A police department source has informed CWB that there were "issues" with some of the restaurant's surveillance cameras.

This case is logged as a robbery with a handgun in CPD case #HW565115.
Image: Chicago Reader

Saturday, December 07, 2013

FREEZER BURNED: Robbed At Gunpoint, Victim Waits Over An Hour For Police

A man was robbed at gunpoint on his front porch at Reta and Cornelia, a block south of the 19th district police station, at 3:45 this morning.

The victim then waited for over an hour as his call was reassigned twice and the third unit got ensnared in a disturbance that they thought may have been related.

After waiting an hour, and calling 911 at least one more time, the victim decided to walk to the police station.

According to the initial 911 call, the victim was robbed of a phone and money by two offenders. They are both described as black men, one of whom wore a white cap and black leather jacket.

The exact location of the robbery is not yet clear.

The victim's call was assigned to a unit at 3:52AM, then re-assigned a couple of minutes later, then re-re-assigned at 3:59AM.

On the way to the victim's location, the re-re-assigned unit encountered a disturbance at the Circle K/Shell gas station that they though may have been related to the robbery. The individuals in that incident were sent on their way shortly after 5AM.

At 5:07AM, the robbery victim walked into the police station to file a report.

CPD case number HW561828.

These are the things that happen when officers do their best, but there aren't enough of them to properly handle calls. Crimes do not muster proper police responses. Suspects who are not searched for remain free to strike again. And these two will strike again.

Another man was robbed on the same block of Reta Tuesday night, although not at gunpoint.
Image: Web Weaver

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

TASTE OF SPRING: Robbery Near Police Station As Temps Hit 50°

Officers stopped two suspects, but came up empty-handed in their hunt for a strong arm robber who struck directly across from the 19th district police station at 9:45PM Tuesday.

The victim, who lost his gray iPhone5 in the attack on Reta Avenue, had no trouble locating a police officer.

Unfortunately, the offender got a jump on the cops. He was last seen running southbound on Reta Avenue, then westbound on Cornelia toward Clark Street.

He is described as male, black, 5'11" to 6'1" tall, 23-25 years old, with no facial hair. He was wearing a black ski hat, a puffy black down winter coat, black gloves, jeans, and dark-colored shoes.

CPD case number is HW557704.

GOIN' MOBILE: Burglars Target Cell Store & Eyewear Shop Overnight

Burglars punched the front door lock of the Mobile Generation Verizon Wireless store at 1022 W. Belmont overnight.

Officers arrived shortly before 4AM, but initial indications are that the burglars did not access the interior.

Virgin Mobile in the 2500 block of Clark in Lincoln Park was struck by an overnight burglary crew that pried open its back door on October 23.

CPD case number HW556447.

Round Two?
About 15 minutes after the Verizon break-in attempt, police were dispatched to a burglary in progress at Luxury Eyesight, 3808 N. Clark.

Officers found the back door pried open. The thieves are believed to have taken the store's computer.

CPD case number is HW556432.

Lighter Side
Monday, December 2, 11:02AM: Police were dispatched to the scene of an assault that had reportedly just occurred in the 700 block of Waveland. The "victim" reported that her male neighbor threatened to put his foot up her butt.
Image: Yelp

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

HAPPY THANKS-TAKING: Halsted Thieves Take Victim's Purse, Car

Having your purse taken from a bar is one thing. Having the thieves then take your car is something else altogether.

And so it went for an unlucky Boystown bar-goer overnight. The stressed-out woman flagged down officers at Roscoe and Halsted around 11:45 last night.

Unknown offenders had taken the woman's purse from a nearby tavern, then stepped outside and started beeping her car keys until they located her vehicle. They proceeded to steal it, too.

Missing is the woman's silver 2011 Honda Civic, last seen parked facing north on Halsted near Roscoe. And her purse, of course.

The victim told officers that she had an altercation with three Hispanic females shortly before her purse and car went missing, but she does not know if they are responsible for the thefts.

UPDATE: The car and its owner have been reunited.