Friday, September 18, 2020

FBI Seeks Help in Hunting Bank Robber

By Tim Hadac
Managing Editor
Southwest Chicago Post

Just in from the Chicago Office of the FBI at 3:34 p.m. Friday,

September 18.

The FBI is seeking tips related to a serial bank robber operating on the Southwest Side.

The bandit is described as a black woman about 25-35 years of age, with a medium build.

The clothing she used has varied. She has worn:

• a blue-hooded sweatshirt, a Chicago Bears hat and acid-washed jeans.
• a blue button down dress shirt, blue jeans and a black hair-covering.

She has not displayed a weapon, but implies that she has one. She demands money via a note.

Crime scenes include:

• Thursday, August 13 at about 4:42 p.m.: Fifth-Third Bank, 5640 S. Harlem, Summit.

• Friday, August 28 at about 12:56 p.m.: Peoples Bank, 6162 S. Archer.

• Friday, September 11 at about 2:38 p.m.: Royal Bank, 2740 W. 55th Street.

• Thursday, September 17 at 4:34 p.m.: Fifth-Third Bank, 5240 W. 63rd Street.

Those who see her should call 911 immediately and consider her armed and dangerous.

Those with other useful information to share are asked to call the Chicago Office of the FBI at (312) 421-6700 or reach out to A reward of up to $1,000 is offered.

Thursday, September 17, 2020

GRNW Hosts Big, Fun, Community Rummage Sale at Kennedy HS

A big, friendly rummage sale is the best way to describe the Garfield Ridge Neighborhood Watch's Sell-A-Bration, set for 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Saturday, September 19 in the west parking lot of Kennedy High School, 56th and Narragansett.

Ordinary and the extraordinary, run-of-the-mill and the quirky--all can be found at this event. Clothing, furniture, books, knick-knacks, you name it.

All are requested to wear masks and maintain a reasonably safe distance from each other.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the GRNW's various crime-fighting initiatives and charitable endeavors.

Rain date for the event is Sunday, September 20.

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Police Warn of Robbers

Police are seeking the public's help in finding a pair of
robbers who hit two different businesses on Thursday, September 10.

A CPD alert did not name the businesses, and it did not indicate if the bandits were armed.

Crime scenes include:

• 4500 block of South Cicero at 7:20 p.m.

• 8200 block of South Cicero at 8:05 p.m.

One robber was described as a black man about 5-foot-8 and 160 pounds, with his hair in dreadlocks.

The other was described as a black man about 5-foot-10 and 165 pounds.

Those with useful information to share are advised to call CPD Area 1 detectives at (312) 747-8380 and refer to crime pattern P20-1-239.

In the wake of the crime, police advise:

• Always be aware of your surroundings.

• Report suspicious activity immediately.

• If you are confronted by an assailant, remain calm.

• Remember any unique physical characteristics (such as scars, limp, tattoos).

• Never pursue a fleeing assailant; provide the information to the police.

• If video surveillance is available, save a copy of the incident for detectives.

• If approached by a witness to the incident, request contact information.

• Dial 9-1-1 immediately and remain on scene when possible.

Friday, September 11, 2020

Madigan and Quinn Offer Paper Shredding, Electronics Recycling

Looking to get rid of unwanted yet sensitive documents (like old utility bills, tax returns, Social Security/pension statements, etc.)?

Bring your unwanted paper documents to the Madigan-Quinn Service Office (west parking lot), 6500 S. Pulaski, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Saturday, September 12.

Looking to get rid of unwanted electronics (like old TVs, radio, computers, printers and appliances)?

Bring your unwanted electronics to the Madigan-Quinn Service Office (west parking lot), 6500 S. Pulaski, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Saturday, September 26.

At both events, you are required to wear a mask and remain in your vehicle. Volunteers wearing masks will remove the items from your vehicle.

For details, call the alderman's office at (773) 581-8000.

And thanks to Speaker Madigan and Alderman Quinn for providing this useful public service!

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Community Welcomes Amigo

Pest control firm moves to Garfield Ridge

By Tim Hadac
Managing Editor
Soutwest Chicago Post

A pest control company that had been a home-based business moved up a notch last week, as Amigo Pest Control celebrated its move into 7121 W. Archer, a storefront that in recent years had been home to the Gerini Guitar Studio.

Amigo’s owner is 35-year-old Jose Yanez, who immigrated to the U.S. when he was an 11-year-boy, from the town of Yuriria, Guanajuato, in central Mexico.

His family has roots in Summit but then later moved to Garfield Ridge, where Yanez graduated from Kennedy High School in 2008.

Married with three children, Yanez had been living in West Lawn, near 62nd and Knox; but the lure of his old neighborhood proved too strong, and the Yanez family—Jose, wife Andrea and their children: Tyree, 10, Kassandra, 8, and Rizzo, 3--now owns a home in the heart of Garfield Ridge, near 55th and Menard.

“There’s a lot to like about this area,” Yanez said. “It’s one of the best in the city, and we’re proud to be a part of Garfield Ridge.”

Yanez started in the pest control business as a teenager, landing a position with a nationally known pest control company.

But with a dream of being his own boss, Yanez eventually co-founded a pest control company with a partner, and for the last three years has been the sole owner.

Twenty-third Ward Ald. Silvana Tabares (left) and Garfield Ridge Chamber of Commerce President Mary Ellen Brown stopped by the new headquarters of Amigo Pest Control, 7121 W. Archer, last week
to welcome Amigo owner Jose Yanez (black shirt) and his father, Ismael.

He credits his father, Ismael, with instilling a strong work ethic in him. These days, his father is retired but offers advice and encouragement to his son. He also credits his mother, Aurelia, who “has always been a big part of support and always been there to show us we have to respect others.”

“I enjoy my work,” Yanez said. “What I do helps improve the quality of life for people, at their homes and businesses—and even improve people’s health.”

Amigo helps control and get rid of insect pests like cockroaches, termites, ants, spiders, bedbugs, bees, wasps and hornets.

Increasingly, though, their work seems to focus on rodents—specifically, mice and rats.

“Rats are getting extremely out of control in the Chicago area,” he said, echoing what others have said in recent years.

With a small and growing staff (Alondra Blanco, Fernando Escareño, Sonia Yanez, Pedro López and Jhonatan Avila), Amigo uses a variety of methods to thwart insects and rodents, including federally-approved chemicals that are not harmful to children or pets, Yanez added.

Amigo's recent ribbon cutting was a festive occasion.

Amigo also has earned a reputation for community service and for working with customers of limited means.

“You see people who maybe don’t have a lot of money, but you see they have a pest problem—and then you see small children in the home—well, I feel as a responsible business owner, I have an obligation to help people when I can,” Yanez added.

The company also offers disinfecting services for homes and businesses—a service that has taken on unprecedented importance in the time of COVID-19.

Amigo offers free estimates for all its services and can be reached at (708) 925-1213.

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Thursday, September 3, 2020

Sheriff Releases Bodycam Footage of Shooting

Update at 5:18 p.m. Friday, September 4 from Chicago Police:

Charged with two felony counts of aggravated assault of a peace officer, one felony count of unlawful use of a weapon by a convicted felon and one felony count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, is Durell Foster, 28, of the 4500 block of South Lamon.

Bond was denied earlier today, and Foster is in custody of the Cook County Department of Corrections. His next scheduled court date is September 14.

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Just released at 1:54 p.m. Thursday, September 3 by the Cook County Sheriff's Office:
Screen grab from bodycam footage showing the suspect, shot and on the ground.

"Shortly before 7:20 p.m. Wednesday, September 2, a Cook County Sheriff’s Police Officer was patrolling an area of unincorporated Cook County near Stickney when he observed a vehicle traveling at an excessive rate of speed, no front license plate, and illegally tinted windows. The officer initiated a traffic stop.

The driver of the vehicle briefly stopped, opened his door, and after refusing the officer’s request to
exit the vehicle, fled eastbound. The officer observed the subject turn into an alley and exit his vehicle with something in his hand. The officer followed the subject in his car and continued to order him to stop.

The officer saw the subject drop a black cellphone while he continued to flee on foot, ignoring the
officer’s commands to stop. The officer continued to follow the subject in his vehicle, and then
pursued on foot in the 4600 block of South Laramie Avenue, repeatedly ordering the man to stop. The subject did not stop and continued to run.

A second officer responded and attempted to assist by approaching the offender from the opposite direction. As the subject approached the second Sheriff’s Police Officer, coming within several feet of him, the subject reached into his bag and withdrew a firearm. The first officer fired multiple shots, striking the subject in the shoulder and buttocks.

EMS was immediately requested by Sheriff’s Police. The subject continued to resist the officers. He
at one point stood up and ran onto the front step of a residence. The first officer was now pointing a
taser at the subject and the officers repeatedly ordered the man to come down from the porch.

At this point, additional Sheriff’s Police officers and Chicago Police officers arrived on scene to assist the first two officers. The subject walked off the porch and then tried to run past the officers again but was subdued by police. He continued to refuse to comply with requests to calm down and actively resisted efforts to restrain him until the first Sheriff’s Police officer discharged his taser. The officers were then able to restrain and handcuff the subject.

A silver and black handgun was recovered near the offender. Also recovered was suspected bags of crack cocaine.

Chicago Police and Sheriff’s Police officers administered first aid to the man until paramedics arrived.

The subject was taken to Mt. Sinai Hospital where he is in good condition.

The subject has three previous felony convictions. In 2018, he was sentenced to four years in the
Illinois Department of Corrections for aggravated battery to a Berwyn Police officer after he repeatedly kicked the officer who was trying to get the subject to stop attempting to swallow a baggie of crack cocaine. He is currently on parole with the Illinois Department of Corrections on this case.

That same year, he was sentenced to two years in the Illinois Department of corrections for felony
possession of a controlled substance in an unrelated case.

In 2010 he pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery and was sentenced to four years in the Illinois
Department of Corrections. In that case the victim was with a locksmith trying to gain entry to his car
that had been previously stolen in a carjacking incident when the subject approached and pointed a
black handgun at the victim. The subject told the victim, “You know what time it is. Don’t make me
shoot you. Gimme what you got.” The victim gave the subject his wallet and cellphone. The subject
was initially charged with armed robbery but pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery.

Chicago Police are conducting an independent investigation. The Cook County Sheriff’s Office will
fully cooperate with this independent investigation."

Bodycam footage of the shooting here:

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