Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Job Fair Coming May 1 to Gage Park HS

Looking for a job? You are is invited to an employment and resource fair set
for 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 1 at Gage Park High School, 5630 S. Rockwell.

Sponsored by State Rep. Dan Burke (D-1st), the event is designed to link job seekers with employers ready to hire. A number of employers will be on hand, looking for qualified applicants for position such as warehouse worker, customer service representatives, cooks, cashiers, valets and more.

Participants are encouraged to bring their resumes. Additionally, there will be information on services for people who are unemployed or underemployed. 

Burke is working with the Illinois Department of Employment Security, as well as Employment & Employer Services--and a number of private-sector employers, large and small.

In all, there will be 26 employers at the event, eager to talk with people who want a job and are ready to work.

The kind of jobs available: office workers, factory workers, warehouse workers, healthcare professionals and support staff, retail workers, janitors, bus drivers, security guards and much more. Even jobs for people with disabilities.

Plus, there will be a dozen agencies offering resources to help you be in a better position to land the job you want.

Admission is free, and preference will be given to job-seeking military veterans, in the first hour of the event.

For more information, call (773) 471-2299 or visit staterepdanburke.com.

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Crime News Update

Editor's note: The crime news reported by the Southwest Chicago Post---taken directly from Chicago Police Department incident reports---is not by any means an exhaustive catalogue of all crime reported in the Chicago Lawn (8th) District. For example, it typically does not include news of crimes committed in the eastern and southern sectors of the district---because the Southwest Chicago Post's coverage area is primarily the neighborhoods that border Midway Airport and secondarily because including the relatively large volume of crime news from elsewhere in the district would be a logistical challenge. We make this note to offer a little helpful perspective and remind everyone that while crime is definitely a concern in all parts of the district (as it always has been), crime remains relatively low overall in the western section of the district. May all of us work together diligently to keep it that way. May all of us also remember that a person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Reputed gang member shot and killed on 55th Street
A 33-year-old man said by a law enforcement source to be a documented gang member was shot in the head and killed as he drove a car west on 55th Street, near Kostner, at 10:42 p.m. Monday, April 23. He lost control of the car, jumped a curb and hit two nearby buildings. He was transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center, where he died shortly after midnight Tuesday. No one is in custody and no other injuries were reported, police said.


Off-duty cop exchanges fire with carjackers
An off-duty police officer exchanged gunfire with would-be carjackers at 8:55 a.m. Friday, April 20 in the 3700 block of West 79th Street. Police said that a gunman opened the passenger side of the off-duty cop’s vehicle, waved a handgun and demanded the vehicle. The victim got out of his vehicle, announced his office, and drew his weapon. “An exchange of gunfire ensued, and the offenders fled on foot to an awaiting vehicle,” police said in a statement. No injuries were reported, and Area Central Detectives are investigating. Police have not released a detailed description of the offenders, saying only that they were “two males.”


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Want to work directly with Chicago Police to prevent crime in your neighborhood? If you live in Beats 815 or 821 (see map), come to St. Bruno School (south entrance), 4839 S. Harding, at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 2 and attend your monthly CAPS meeting. Hear updates on crime in your neighborhood and learn how you can work with neighbors and police to make the community safer and better for all.



Women roughed up, robbed on sidewalk
Two West Lawn women—ages 64 and 58—were roughed up and robbed at gunpoint as they walked down a sidewalk in front of 6000 S. Kolmar at 1:40 a.m. Tuesday, April 17. The victims told police that two bandits walked up behind them, with one putting a gun to the head of the 64-year-old and other pushing the 58-year-old to the ground. The thugs snatched a purse and a wallet before running away west on 60th Street and then north through an alley. They were described only as black men. The victims refused medical attention, police added.



Man beaten, robbed as he gets out of car
A 56-year-old man was beaten and robbed as he got out of his vehicle in the 6200 block of South Kildare at 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 17. The victim told police that a trio of thugs hit him in the face and body before snatching his wallet and cellphone, running away east down a nearby alley. The criminals were described only as black men, one wearing a white coat. CFD paramedics were on scene and treated the victim for a cut on his nose.



Police hunt man who fled five-car crash
Police are seeking the driver of a vehicle that caused a five-vehicle crash in the 6400 block of South Kedzie at 11:07 p.m. Thursday, April 19. Witnesses told police that the driver’s vehicle sideswiped another vehicle—which contained a 32-year-old woman, a seven-year-old girl and a five-year-old boy. Also hit were three parked cars. The driver of the first vehicle fled the scene on foot. He was described only as a Hispanic man. The three victims in the vehicle that was sideswiped were taken to Holy Cross Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, police added. No one is in custody, and detectives are investigating.



Bandits rob pair in bowling alley lot
A 27-year-old Vittum Park man and a 25-year-old Burbank woman said they were robbed at gunpoint in the parking lot of Lawn Lanes, 6750 S. Pulaski, at 1:25 a.m. Tuesday, April 17. The man was assisting the woman with her car, which would not start, when they were accosted by two armed bandits who demanded their belongings. The victims surrendered their cellphones, and the man also handed over his wallet. The robbers fled and were described only as black men. One of the cellphones was later tracked by police to a trash cart near 61st and Washtenaw. It was returned to the victim.

Murderer busted for non-compliance
A 40-year-old convicted murderer who lives in West Lawn was arrested and charged with
Rogelio Pulido
failing to report his whereabouts to law enforcement, after a traffic stop in the 5100 block of South Tripp at 9:40 a.m. Tuesday, April 10.


Rogelio Pulido, of the 6100 block of South Kolin, murdered a 20 year-old person when he was 18 years old, according to the Illinois State Police, which had listed him as “non-compliant.”

Pulido previously lived in the 4200 block of West 59th Street.

In the days since his arrest, Pulido has come into compliance and is now listed as "compliant" by the ISP.







Clearing man held without bond on burglary rap
A 34-year-old Clearing man with an arrest history that stretches back at least several years
David Calvillo
was arrested and charged with one felony count of burglary after he allegedly burglarized a garage in the 6100 block of South Komensky at about 9:45 a.m. Monday, April 16. David C. Calvillo, of the 5300 block of West 63rd Street, was apprehended after the victim, a 48-year-old woman, contacted police to say there was a man in her garage without her permission.  Police said that Calvillo removed a lawnmower from the victim’s garage, left and was discovered walking nearby. Officers responding to the call detained Calvillo and arrested him when the victim positively identified him. Calvillo reportedly indicated where the lawnmower was, and police said they recovered it in an alley in the 6200 block of South Pulaski. He was ordered held without bond and was due in court earlier this week. According to public records, Calvillo has been arrested 17 times by CPD, stretching back to 2014 for such crimes as domestic battery, reckless conduct, theft, burglary, possession of a controlled substance and trespassing.



Busted for attempted burglary, professes innocence
A 42-year-old West Elsdon man has been charged with attempted burglary after he allegedly tried to force his way into an apartment in the 5200 block of South Tripp at 8:27 p.m. Saturday, April 21. Roberto Miranada, of the 4400 block of West 55th Street, was apprehended after a brief foot chase with police, who were responding to a “burglary in progress” call. Miranada allegedly used a screwdriver to force open a dining room window and then push in window blinds, before being spotted by the tenants. When apprehended, Miranada reportedly denied committing the crime and said he was in the victim’s backyard because he has been chased by someone else. Police said they recovered a screwdriver and gloves nearby.



Reputed gang member busted for assault
A 36-year-old Austin man said by police to be an admitted gang member was arrested and
Vashaun Ervin
charged with aggravated assault after he allegedly used a handgun to threaten others at a house party in the 5800 block of South Melvina at about 10 p.m. Saturday, April 21.


Vashaun A. Ervin, of the 1100 block of North Austin, was apprehended after the 44-year-old man hosting the party told police that Ervin had committed the crime.

No weapon was recovered, police added. 
  




Convicted burglar busted for driving on revoked license
A 33-year-old Gage Park man—known to some in the area as a convicted burglar--was
Joseph Rocha
arrested and charged with driving on a revoked license after police curbed his vehicle in the 5100 block of South Christiana at 9:28 p.m. Monday, April 16. Joseph. A. Rocha, of the 5200 block of South Christiana, was taken into custody after a computer check showed that he was wanted on a warrant. Police did not describe the nature of the warrant or what jurisdiction it was from. According to public records, Rocha has a criminal record stretching back to 2003, when he was sentenced to three years in prison for felony unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of a stolen vehicle. In 2013 he was sentenced to four years in prison for residential burglary—that conviction related to the December 2012 burglary of a home near 80th and Kolin. At the time of that crime, Rocha was living near 81st and Tripp. He was paroled in 2015.





White van used in Pete’s heist
Burglars in a white van broke through a gate at Pete’s Fresh Market, 4700 S. Kedzie, and stole about 70 plastic stacking pallets used for soda pop, and well as another plastic pallet. The crime was reported by a Pete’s representative at 5:45 p.m. Monday, April 16 but occurred at 5:43 a.m. Friday, April 13, according to surveillance video. There was no description of the burglars.

Burglars swipe vehicle from construction site
A 39-year-old representative of a Posen-based construction firm told police that someone stole a Model 246B Caterpillar construction vehicle—as well as the vehicle’s forks and bucket—from a construction site at 4334 S. Kedzie. The theft was reported to police at 8:30 a.m. Monday, April 16 and appeared to have occurred the previous night.


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Back door window smashed in burglary 
Burglars smashed the window of the back door of an apartment in the 4400 block of West 59th Street, entered and stole assorted jewelry, an iPad Mini and $300 cash. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 64-year-old woman, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 17.

Elderly man’s garage broken into
Burglars forced open the door of a garage in the 4700 block of South La Crosse and stole a bicycle and two pairs of designer sunglasses. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 70-year-old man, at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, April 15.


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Door may have been unlocked, burglary victim says
Burglars entered a garage in the 4800 block of South La Crosse and stole two bicycles, a large jack and assorted tools. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 43-year-old man, at 8:30 p.m. Sunday, April 22. The victim told police that he may have left the garage’s service door unlocked.

Tools taken from Kostner garage
Burglars forced open the service door of a garage in the 4900 block of South Kostner and stole assorted tools. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 31-year-old woman, at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 17.




Burglars have haul at vacant home
Burglars forced open the back door of a vacant home in the 3800 block of West 71st Street and stole a bedroom set, a living room set, a microwave oven cart, and a kitchen set. The crime was discovered by a property manager employed by the victim, a Loop-based bank, at 8 a.m. Tuesday, April 17.

Toolbox taken from garage
Burglars kicked in the service door of a garage in the 4800 block of South Kolin and stole a toolbox containing various tools. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 33-year-old man, at about 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 17.





Street peddlar’s garage hit by burglars
A 27-year-old Vittum Park woman reported that someone entered her unlocked garage in the 4700 block of South Lamon and stole various gardening tools—as well as about $700 worth of socks and blankets that she had planned to sell on the street. She said she discovered the crime at about 5 a.m. Wednesday, April 18.



No sign of forced entry in garage burglary
Burglars entered a garage in the 4900 block of South Lamon and stole a compressor, a heater, a bicycle and a radio. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 67-year-old man, at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 19. He told police that there was no sign of forced entry.





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Monday, April 23, 2018

St. Mary Star of the Sea sets big Ballet Folklórico showcase at Hubbard HS

Our friends at St. Mary Star of the Sea School have asked us to share details about their upcoming Ballet Folklórico Estrella del Mar talent showcase: "Mi Música, Mi Baile, Mi Cultura," set for Friday, May 11 in the auditorium at Hubbard High School, 62nd and Hamlin.

Why Hubbard? Well, this show is going to be so big, the parish's Duggan Hall won't be able to hold it!

About 50 St. Mary Star of the Sea students (and a few alumni) are set to perform what is being billed an evening of music, dance and culture.

Special guest performers include A Flor de Piel.

Tickets are available for the students at the school, or at the St. Mary Star of the Sea rectory. Ticket price is $15 for adults, $5 for grade school children. The rectory is located at 6435 S. Kilbourn, and its phone number is (773) 767-1246.

Click the flyer below for details. See you there?




Police bust four for blocking streets

Scottsdale crime fighter cheers ‘nuisance crime’ arrests

By Tim Hadac
Managing Editor
Southwest Chicago Post

Following through on a pledge by Chicago Lawn (8th) District Commander Ronald Pontecore to enforce laws against public nuisances, police have made four “traffic obstruction” arrests in the last six weeks in the Scottsdale area—a neighborhood where some residents have for decades complained about aggressive panhandlers at busy intersections—often with little or no response by police.

Police did not say if the four people apprehended were panhandling, but they did charge each with obstruction of traffic by a non-motorist.

The most recent “obstruction” arrest occurred at 1 p.m. Friday, April 13, when 42-year-old Christina Dankert was apprehended at 79th and Cicero.
Christina Dankert

Two days earlier, police arrested Edgar Hardaway, 48, at 87th and Pulaski at 6:23 p.m. Wednesday, April 11. He also was charged with urinating/defecating on the public way.
Edgar Hardaway

Police arrested James Crouse, 58, near 86th and Pulaski at 12:40 p.m. Sunday, April 1.
James Crouse

Ervin Schlosser, 51, was arrested by police near 87th and Pulaski at 8:48 a.m. Saturday, March 17.

Ervin Schlosser

The busts were cheered by several people in the Scottsdale Neighborhood Watch, most notably President Jason Huff.

“Kudos to CPD for enforcing the laws,” Huff wrote on the SNW Facebook page. “Minor issue or not, these are ‘quality of life’ issues that can become bigger issues.

“These people getting charged often go and do other illegal activities,” he continued. “Those who say they should not be arrested have not been harassed by these individuals or may not realize that some these ‘homeless’ are actually not homeless and are just hustling kind-hearted people.”

Beggars—some with cardboard signs and others with squeegees and water—have been a sore spot among some on the Southwest Side in recent years, particularly in cases where panhandlers turn aggressive toward motorists at intersections. 

Street musicians— bucket boys in particular—are often thrown into the angry mix when the young percussionists roam between lanes of traffic and aggressively solicit donations.

Some people object to police action against panhandlers, saying that those working intersections are more in need of food, shelter, substance abuse services and mental health counseling than they are a jail cell.

Others point out that police are police--not social workers equipped to deal with societal ills--and that duty dictates a response to 911 calls about all crime, no matter how minor.

The recent police action in Scottsdale is consistent with remarks Pontecore made publicly last August at a West Elsdon Civic Association meeting.

At that event at Hancock High School, the commander acknowledged that calls about panhandlers are typically the lowest priority for police up to their elbows in calls relating to shootings, stabbings, sexual assault, robbery, burglary, theft and other “index” crimes. But he encouraged everyone to call 911 to report aggressive panhandlers because they may represent “little problems that can turn into bigger problems.”

Pontecore also has vowed to use the resources he has available to fight street-walking sex workers in the Archer Heights/Vittum Park area, most notably near 49th and Cicero—a move cheered by a number of local residents, including Archer Heights Civic Association President Thomas S. Baliga, who has called Pontecore “a hardworking leader…who has staged two roll calls in Archer Park and committed resources to missions on Cicero Avenue to combat both gang activity and prostitution.”


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Saturday, April 21, 2018

St. Mary Star of the Sea Parish Again Hosting Popular Plant Sale; Order Now!

spring plant sale, sponsored by St. Mary Star of the Sea Parish, is underway.

Fancy geraniums in four-inch pots are $1.75 each.
Geraniums (stock photo)

Begonias, impatiens, marigolds, pansies and periwinkles are $1.00 each.

Tomato plants (cherry, beefsteak and early girl) are $1.50 each.

Pepper plants (green and jalapeño) are $1.00 each.


Cherry tomatoes (stock photo)
Cucumber plants are $1.00 each.

This is a very popular annual sale, so pre-orders are strongly recommended.

To pre-order, call Barbara at (708) 269-8833.

Pick-up of plants will be 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friday, May 11 and 8:00 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 12 at the St. Mary Star of the Sea rectory garage, 6435 South Kilbourn.




Thursday, April 19, 2018

Earth Day Cleanup Set for Nearby Forest Preserve; Everyone Invited to Volunteer

Garfield Ridge family leads effort near 47th and Harlem

By Joan Hadac
Editor and Publisher
Southwest Chicago Post

All are invited to take part in a hands-on Earth Day
celebration set for 9 a.m. to noon Sunday, April 22 at the Ottawa Trail Woods South, immediately west of 47th and Harlem.

Participants will spend a few hours cleaning up a local bit of Cook County Forest Preserves.

Garbage bags and gloves will be provided, and refreshments will be served.

There will be goodie bags given to the first 50 attendees, as well as a raffle for a door prize.


Rick and Lisa Heurich visit the millionth tree planted.
The event is hosted by Garfield Ridge residents Rick, Lisa and Megan Heurich, who have been brand partners with the Shaklee Corporation since 2005.

“We celebrate other holidays, such as the Fourth of July, but on Earth Day no one really does a lot,” Lisa Heurich said. “Earth Day is really important to us. We take from the planet, and we need to give back to the planet.

“This is a way to get the community together, to have people meet each other, share some refreshments and clean up the environment,” she added.

For details, call (708) 955-0600 or visit heurichs.myshaklee.com.

“Shaklee is all about keeping the environment safe,” Heurich continued. “Our products are completely safe for water ways and safe for the environment.”

Since joining Shaklee, the Heurich family has taken part in a campaign that planted a million trees. They planted three trees by St. Joseph School in Summit, where their daughter is an alumna.

The Heurich family likes to keep their efforts local, cleaning up the greater Garfield Ridge area that Lisa Heurich has called home her entire life. 

“This neighborhood is important to us,” she said. 

Her husband, Rick, is a steward of the Cook County Forest Preserves. He has helped take care of the Portage area just north of the Stevenson Expressway, as well as and other nearby forests.

Founded in 1956 by Dr. Forrest C. Shaklee, the Shaklee Corporation is based on "Living in Harmony with Nature® and committed to developing products to improve the health of people and the planet," according to a corporate description. "Since Shaklee’s inception, we have worked consistently on groundbreaking environmental initiatives. In the 1960s Shaklee introduced Basic-H® Concentrated Organic Cleaner, one of the first nontoxic biodegradable cleaners. We became the first Climate Neutral™ certified company in the U.S. We also lead in environmental achievements, embracing climate change initiatives, and eco-alliances. Plus, we offer everyone the chance to make a healthier income while not harming the planet."


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Crime News Update

Editor's note: The crime news reported by the Southwest Chicago Post---taken directly from Chicago Police Department incident reports---is not by any means an exhaustive catalogue of all crime reported in the Chicago Lawn (8th) District. For example, it typically does not include news of crimes committed in the eastern and southern sectors of the district---because the Southwest Chicago Post's coverage area is primarily the neighborhoods that border Midway Airport and secondarily because including the relatively large volume of crime news from elsewhere in the district would be a logistical challenge. We make this note to offer a little helpful perspective and remind everyone that while crime is definitely a concern in all parts of the district (as it always has been), crime remains relatively low overall in the western section of the district. May all of us work together diligently to keep it that way. May all of us also remember that a person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Bust West Lawn man in shooting
A 36-year-old West Lawn man was charged with aggravated battery after he allegedly shot
Jesus Arteaga
a Parkview man in the arm as the victim took out the trash in the alley behind his home in the 3900 block of West 85th Street at 6:54 p.m. Thursday, April 5. Jesus Arteaga, of the 7100 block of South Ridgeway, was arrested near his home, about 13 minutes after the shooting occurred. Police were combing the area after the victim said the shooter was his girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend and said where he lived. Police said they spotted Arteaga driving a vehicle they pulled over for a traffic stop. He also was charged with driving on a revoked license and possession of cannabis. Police did not say if they found a weapon on Arteaga. The victim, described by a law enforcement source as a documented gang member, was said to be recovering from his injury.



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Want to work directly with Chicago Police to prevent crime in your neighborhood? If you live in Beats 813 or 833 (see map), come to West Lawn Park, 4233 West 65th Street, at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 24 and attend your monthly CAPS meeting. Hear updates on crime in your neighborhood and learn how you can work with neighbors and police to make the community safer and better for all.


Reputed gang member from suburbs shot on Mozart
A 23-year-old Chicago Ridge man said by police to be a gang member was shot in the elbow as he sat in a car in the 7100 block of South Mozart at 7:20 p.m. Sunday, April 15. Police responding to a “shots fired” call found the victim pacing on the sidewalk, holding his arm. Police said they found 12 bullet holes in the vehicle and shell casings nearby. The car’s driver, a 27-year-old Chicago Lawn man said to belong to the same gang as the man shot, told police that the shooter walked up, fired multiple times and then fled through a gangway. He was described as a Hispanic man age 20-29, about 5-foot-10 and 180 pounds. The victim was taken by CFD ambulance to Advocate Christ Medical Center, where he was listed in serious condition.



Broken nose for man in argument over woman
A 43-year-old West Lawn man was beaten by two other men during an argument in an apartment in the 3200 block of West 55th Street at 4:35 a.m. Sunday, April 15. The victim, described by police as intoxicated, said he had been drinking at a party and began arguing with two men who were talking to his girlfriend. They punched and kicked the victim, breaking his nose and leaving him with cuts on his face and a bruise on his forehead. He was taken by CFD ambulance to Holy Cross Hospital for treatment. The attackers were described only as Hispanic men between 5-foot-9 and 6-foot-4.




Subway on 63rd Street robbed
The Subway sandwich shop at 6452 W. 63rd St. was robbed at 12:05 a.m. Tuesday, April 10. A 37-year-old clerk told police that a masked man walked in, threw a white plastic Walmart bag on the counter and said, “Gimme cash. Gimme cash, fast, fast!” He then put his hand in his pocket, implying he had a gun and threatening to shoot the clerk and a 59-year-old woman seated at a table in the restaurant. The clerk surrendered about $130 cash, and the bandit ran away north on Natchez. The thug was described as a white man age 25-30, about 5-foot-10 and 160 pounds, wearing a black baseball cap and blue jeans. That Subway shop has been robbed several times in recent years, according to public records.



Masked bandit robs soccer store
An armed bandit robbed the Originales Soccer Store, 5093 S. Archer, at 7:05 p.m. Friday, April 13, making off with about $900 cash and a laptop computer. An employee told police that the robber walked in, implied he had a weapon by putting his hand in his pocket and demanded cash. The employee complied, and the thug ran out of the store. He was described as a black Hispanic man age 20-26, wearing a black face mask and a black hoody.




Punched, knocked down, robbed
A 20-year-old Scottsdale man told police he was punched in the chest, knocked to the ground and robbed of his cellphone in front of his home in the 8100 block of South Kolmar at 1:20 p.m. Tuesday, April 10. The victim said he saw a man sitting on his front porch and that when he confronted him, the thug attacked and robbed him, running away north on Kolmar. The bandit was described as a Hispanic man about age 28, 5-foot-11 and 180 pounds, with black hair in a “fade” style. He wore a black hoody and black sweatpants.



Clearing man arrested again for domestic battery
A 44-year-old Clearing man was arrested and charged with domestic battery—for the third
Joseph Holubek
time in the last 14 months—after he allegedly punched a 40-year-old woman in the face at his home in the 6000 block of South Massasoit at about 9:30 a.m. Thursday, April 12.


Joseph Holubek was expected in court this week. The victim, who police said suffered swelling and bruising, declined to go to the hospital.

According to public records, Holubek also was arrested for domestic battery at his home last month, as well as in February 2017.






Charge Stickney men with assault on 51st Street
Two Stickney men were charged with assault after they allegedly threatened a man in the
Oscar Ledesma-Murillo
5900 block of West 51st Street at about 9:30 p.m. Monday, April 9.


Oscar Ledesma-Murillo and Jose Guisar allegedly implied they were carrying weapons, the victim told police.


Guisar was also charged with criminal damage to property after he allegedly threw a can at the victim, causing minor damage to a vehicle.





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Gun to his back, teen gives up phone, bookbag
A 19-year-old West Elsdon man was robbed at gunpoint as he walked down a sidewalk in front of 4274 W. 54th St. at 2:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 11. The victim told police he was walking home from a nearby fitness center when a man walked up behind him and held what felt like a gun to his lower back. He was ordered to stand still and not turn around, or he would be shot. A second criminal then emerged from a nearby gangway. The victim surrendered his cellphone and bookbag, and the bandits ran away east on 54th Street. The gunman was described as an Asian man about 20-25 year old, about 5-foot-8 and 170 pounds. He had brown eyes, black hair in locks and a dark complexion. He wore a blue skull cap, a green jacket and blue jeans. The second robber was described only as a black man age 20-25.



Robbed in bathroom stall at Target
A 45-year-old Gage Park man was robbed at gunpoint in a bathroom stall at Target, 4433 S. Pulaski, at 9:32 a.m. Wednesday, April 11. The victim told police that one of two bandits put a gun to his head and demanded money. When the victim replied that he had none, they stole his cellphone and fled, reportedly getting into a white sedan with an Uber sticker. The young thugs were described as black boys or men age 16-19, about 5-foot-7 and 150 pounds, with black hair.




Reputed gang member busted on gun rap
An 18-year-old West Lawn man said by police to be an admitted gang member was charged
Jesus Valencia
with unlawful possession of a handgun after a chase that ended at about 10:30 p.m. Thursday, April 12.


Jesus Valencia, of the 6400 block of South Kilpatrick, was taken into custody in front of 4200 W. 63rd St.

Police responding to a “suspicious vehicle” call said they spotted Valencia in a sedan in an alley behind 6250 S. Pulaski.

Working in tandem with a CPD helicopter, police on the ground followed Valencia through several nearby streets.

Police said they later recovered a fully loaded pistol on the ground in front of 4131 W. 61st St. Valencia allegedly admitted that he threw the gun away once he knew he was being followed by police, who also confiscated a bag of suspect cannabis from him.



Vacant home hit by burglars
Burglars broke into a lockbox outside a vacant home for sale in the 3900 block of West 58th Place, used the key inside to gain access to the house and stole a refrigerator, a stove, a microwave oven and a dishwasher. The crime was reported by the victim, a 40-year-old Hickory Hills man, at about 7 p.m. Friday, April 13.




Blankets help cover burglars’ entry into store
Burglars broke into the T-Mobile store at 5123 S. Pulaski, but it was initially unclear if anything had been stolen. The crime occurred at 2:28 a.m. Wednesday, April 11, when an alarm was tripped and a manager notified. He waited until about 9 a.m. to investigate and told police it appeared that the offenders broke in through a roof vent and lowered themselves into the store on a rope made of blankets tied together.

Big cash haul reported in home heist
Burglars forced open the side door of a home in the 6600 block of South Kildare and reportedly stole three TVs and antennas, an iPod, about $15,000 cash, a Coach purse, eight cellphones, a Playstation 3 video game console and five checks. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 40-year-old woman, when she and her family came home at 12:35 p.m. Thursday, April 12.

Burglars hit elderly woman’s home
Burglars forced open the kitchen window of an apartment in the 8000 block of South Pulaski and stole assorted jewelry, as well as food from a refrigerator. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 70-year-old woman, when she returned home at about 6 a.m. Thursday, April 12.



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