Saturday, May 25, 2024

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 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 Chrysler Village man on gun rap
Reyes


A 28-year-old Chrysler Village man was charged with reckless discharge of a firearm and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon after he was arrested on the street, near his home in the 6300 block of South Lorel at 8:27 p.m. Friday, April 26.

Jaime Reyes Jr. was encountered by officers responding to a ShotSpotter alert. A CPD spokesman said Reyes tried unsuccessfully to ditch a handgun he fired, and a witness pointed him out to officers at the scene.

According to public records, Reyes was arrested by CPD in February 2019 near his home and charged with aggravated assault, as well as a hate crime.


Say man broke glass at liquor store
Hernandez



A 30-year-old Garfield Ridge man was charged with criminal damage to property after he was arrested at the liquor store at 5713 S. Archer (formerly Airport Liquors) at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, April 27. 


Hernaldo Sanchez Hernandez, of the 5500 block of South Archer, allegedly broke the glass on a display case in the store, a CPD spokesman said.



Say man rode in car on RR tracks

A 22-year-old Oak Lawn man was charged with criminal trespass to land after he was arrested in front of 3555 W. 83rd Place at 1:10 a.m. Thursday, May 16.
Rodriguez



Daniel P. Rodriguez, of the 5300 block of West 87th Street, allegedly was a backseat passenger in a vehicle being driven on railroad tracks, a CPD spokesman said, adding that the driver and other occupants bolted on foot and got away from police who confronted them.

According to public records, Rodriguez was arrested by CPD in May 2022 near 79th Place and Kildare and charged with aggravated assault and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.



Traffic stop leads to arrest
Billegas



An 18-year-old Back of the Yards man was charged with criminal trespass to a vehicle after he was arrested during a traffic stop in front of 4530 S. Tripp at 7:10 p.m. Saturday, May 4.


Jonathan Billegas, of the 5200 block of South Throop, also was cited for driving without a license, a CPD spokesman said.









Charge man with resisting arrest

A 25-year-old Ashburn man was charged with resisting arrest after he was apprehended near his home in the 3300 block of West 85th Street at 11:35 a.m. Sunday, April 28.
Kindred


Charles J. Kindred was riding a bicycle when he was encountered by officers, a CPD spokesman said, adding that Kindred was stopped because officers were investigating a possible domestic dispute from earlier that day.

According to public records, Kindred has been arrested three times by CPD since 2017 on charges that included criminal trespass to a vehicle, illegal possession of a laser sight and illegal possession of a high-capacity magazine and armor-piercing bullets.



Claim man violated court order
        Johnson



A 52-year-old Scottsdale man was charged with violating an order of protection after he was arrested at his home in the 4300 block of West 77th Place.

Kevin L. Johnson allegedly made illegal contact with a 46-year-old woman, in violation of a court order.

According to public records, Johnson has been arrested four times by CPD since 2016 on such charges as assault, domestic battery and telephone harassment.







Bust man during 63rd Street traffic stop
Garcia-Reyes



A 32-year-old Little Village man was charged with driving a vehicle with no valid license plates after he was arrested during a traffic stop in front of 4114 W. 63rd St. at 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 6.


Gustavo Garcia-Reyes, of the 4300 block of West 26th Street, was apprehended without incident.



Say employee stole from till at MDW

A 31-year-old Chatham woman was charged with theft after she was arrested at a business inside Midway International Airport at 11:15 a.m. Thursday, May 9. Tenaj Shanice Reaves, of the 7900 block of South Michigan, allegedly stole money from a cash register—on multiple occasions—at a store where she worked. A CPD spokesman declined to offer further details.




Traffic stop leads to charges

A 49-year-old Gage Park man was charged with driving on a suspended license after he was arrested during a traffic stop in front of 4853 W. 45th St. at 2:13 p.m. Wednesday, May 15.
Melesio



Jose R. Melesio, of the 5200 block of South California, also was accused of driving a vehicle with license plates belonging to another vehicle.


According to public records, Melesio has been arrested by CPD four times since 2018 on charges that included retail theft, possession of a stolen vehicle and possession of a controlled substance.


Hit man with gun charge on Archer
McDowell



A 19-year-old man from suburban South Holland was charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, as well as illegal possession of a high-capacity magazine and armor-piercing bullets after he was arrested on a sidewalk in front of 5444 S. Archer at 6:42 p.m. Friday, May 17.

Malik A. McDowell was encountered by officers responding to a “man with a gun” call. 

A CPD spokesman said McDowell was carrying a handgun and ammunition in a bookbag and that he has a valid FOID card but not a CCW license.






Claim man threatened bus driver


A 40-year-old Uptown man was charged with aggravated assault after he was
Young

arrested at the CTA bus turnaround at 7130 W. Archer at 11:18 p.m. Saturday, May 4. 

Patrick T. Young, of the 4700 block of North Sheridan, allegedly hollered, “I’ll kill you” and spat on a bus door after the driver said she did not have a lighter, in response to his question.

According to public records, Young has been arrested four times by CPD since 2020 on such charges as driving on a revoked license, reckless driving, illegally transporting open alcohol in a vehicle, aggravated DUI and battery.



She punched me, man tells police
Barett



A 21-year-old Garfield Ridge woman was charged with domestic battery after she was arrested at her home in the 5900 block of West 55th Street at 7:25 a.m. Saturday, May 11.


Naomi R. De La Cruz-Barett allegedly punched a 25-year-old man in the arms and legs during an argument.




Charged with domestic battery
Carlos

A 28-year-old Clearing man was charged with domestic battery after he was arrested at his home in the 6000 block of South McVicker at 9:10 a.m. Friday, May 3.

Rick A. Carlos allegedly punched a 26-year-old woman in the face multiple times, during an argument.

According to public records, Carlos has been arrested 14 times by CPD since 2014 on charges that included reckless conduct, criminal defacement of property, violation of terms of bail by having contact with gang members, illegal possession of ammunition, theft and criminal trespass to a vehicle.


Claim man slapped woman
Diaz Sanchez


A 27-year-old Clearing man was charged with domestic battery after he was arrested at his home in the 6000 block of West 63rd Street at 2:08 a.m. Sunday, May 12.


Luis Alejandro Diaz Sanchez allegedly slapped a 43-year-old woman in the face during an argument.








Say Harvey man drove recklessly
Cortez

A 20-year-old man from suburban Harvey was charged with reckless driving after he was arrested during a traffic stop in front of 6250 S. New England at 5:03 p.m. Sunday, May 12.

Carlos A. Cortez, of the 100 block of East 155th Street, also was charged with resisting arrest, and he was cited for driving an uninsured vehicle.

According to public records, Cortez was arrested by CPD in September 2022 in the 2100 block of East 87th Street, charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.


Vittum Park bust leads to drug charge
Hefel-Blanco


A 40-year-old woman from suburban Markham was charged with possession of a controlled substance after she was arrested in front of 4900 S. Cicero at 1:10 p.m. Tuesday, April 30.

Jennifer L. Hefel-Blanco, of the 15700 block of South Kedzie, was reportedly spotted holding a rolled-up dollar bill containing a white powdery substance believed to be crack cocaine, a CPD spokesman said.

According to public records, Hefel-Blanco was arrested by CPD in October 2016 near 47th and Troy and charged with prostitution.


Arrest woman on gun charge at MDW
Simmons



A 41-year-old woman from Rensselaer, Ind. was charged with unlawful use of a weapon after she was arrested at a TSA checkpoint at Midway International Airport at 8:08 a.m. Wednesday, May 1.


Shauna Rae Simmons allegedly was carrying a handgun in a carryon bag, a CPD spokesman said.




Thursday, May 16, 2024

Midway Baseball & Softball Association Starts Its 2024 Spring/Summer Season

The boys and girls of Midway Baseball & Softball began their 2024 spring/summer season earlier this month with festivities that included a parade, music from Los Pumas mariachi band, the National Anthem sung by a Hubbard High School vocal group, ceremonial first pitches thrown by 23rd Ward Ald. Silvana Tabares and State Rep. Angelica "Angie" Guerrero-Cuellar (D-22nd), and more.




Since 1971, the MBA has provided athletic opportunities to thousands of boys and girls on the Southwest Side and nearby suburbs. For more information, visit midwaybaseballsoftball.com.

--Southwest Chicago Post photos by Steve Neuhaus