Thursday, July 2, 2020

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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Man shot in Hearst area
A 19-year-old man was shot in the arm and back as he stood on a sidewalk in the 4600 block of South La Crosse at 8:58 p.m. Sunday, June 28. Police said that the victim was walking when a black sedan pulled alongside. One of the four men in the car asked the victim if he is a gang member, a moment before firing shots and speeding away. The victim was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was listed in critical condition.

Claim man stole gun
Devanta Butler


A 21-year-old man from suburban Calumet City was charged with theft, unlawful use of a weapon and possession of a controlled substance after he was arrested in the 6400 block of South Melvina at 1:46 a.m. Friday, June 19.

Devanta D. Butler, of the 500 block of Hirsch, was apprehended while he sat in a parked vehicle, a CPD spokesman said, adding that Butler matched the description of a man who had stolen a handgun from a vehicle. The spokesman did not say where or when the gun had reportedly been stolen. Police also reportedly found a white powdery substance in his possession.

According to public records, Butler has been arrested three times by CPD in the past two years—twice for criminal trespass to a vehicle.





He choked me, woman tells police
Cornelius Riley



A 40-year-old Hearst area man was charged with domestic battery after he was arrested at his home in the 4500 block of South Laporte at 4:17 a.m. Saturday, June 20.


Cornelius C. Riley allegedly choked a 21-year-old woman during an argument.










Charge man with domestic battery
Jose Hernandez



A 34-year-old Clearing man was charged with domestic battery after he was arrested at his home in the 6100 block of West 64th Place at 3:05 a.m. Sunday, June 21.

Jose Luis Hernandez allegedly hit a 30-year-old woman in the face during an argument. 

According to public records, Hernandez was arrested by CPD in 2017 near 28th and Kedzie and charged with driving on a revoked license.





Punched me in the face, woman tells police
Marqez Mahaffy




An 18-year-old West Elsdon man was charged with domestic battery after he was arrested at his home in the 5700 block of South Kenton at 10 a.m. Sunday, June 21.


Marqez Mahaffy allegedly punched a 24-year-old woman in the face during an argument.








Charge man with drunk driving next to MDW
Homer Bogran Valdez




A 40-year-old Gage Park man was charged with DUI and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident after he was arrested in the 6000 block of South Central at 10:25 p.m. Sunday, June 21.


Homer G. Bogran Valdez, of the 5700 block of South California, also was cited for failure to stay in his lane.







Charge Vittum Park man with damage to vehicle
Andy Hernandez



A 27-year-old Vittum Park man was charged with battery and criminal damage to property after he was arrested in the 5000 block of South Cicero at 8:05 p.m. Wednesday, June 17. 

Andy M. Hernandez, of the 5000 block of South Lawler, allegedly struck a 22-year-old man and used a weapon to shatter the window of a rental vehicle, a CPD spokesman said. 

According to public records, Hernandez was arrested by CPD in the Loop in 2018 and charged with battery and criminal trespass to land.





Claim man struck a peace officer
Darwin Montenegro



A 36-year-old Little Village man was charged aggravated battery to a peace officer after he was arrested in the 3700 block of West Pippin at 12:19 a.m. Wednesday, June 17.

Darwin A. Montenegro, of the 4200 block of West 21st Place, allegedly struck another man during an argument. A CPD spokesman declined to give further details.

According to public records, Montenegro was arrested by CPD on Christmas Day 2018 at 48th and La Crosse and charged with criminal damage to property.






Charge woman with domestic battery
Janina Sanchez




A 24-year-old Archer Heights woman was charged with domestic battery after she was arrested at her home in the 4600 block of South Springfield at 8:30 p.m. Monday, June 22. 

Janina L. Sanchez allegedly punched and pulled the hair of a 32-year-old woman during an argument.

Police added two counts of aggravated battery after Sanchez allegedly kicked two officers responding to a call of a disturbance at the home.

































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Saturday, June 13, 2020

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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Claim Englewood man looted cannabis dispensary

A 28-year-old Englewood man was charged with looting, disorderly conduct and possession
Marrsaay Holman
of burglary tools after he was arrested near Midway Dispensary (at Archer and Laramie) at 6:05 p.m. Sunday, May 31.


Marrsaay Holman, of the 5500 block of South Aberdeen, was reportedly spotted smashing the window of the business and taking assorted merchandise, such as paraphernalia.

A CPD spokesman said that police pursued Holman briefly before apprehending him, and that the merchandise was recovered.

According to public records, Holman has been arrested nine times by CPD since 2014 on charges that included unlawful use of a weapon by a convicted felon, armed habitual criminal and multiple parole violations by making contact with gang members.







Handful arrested in connection with rioting, looting

Police have released the names of a handful of people charged with disorderly conduct in relation to several disturbances that occurred during recent rioting and looting across the Southwest Side.

• Shyjuan R. Cooks, 22, of the 10300 block of South Lowe, was arrested at 4:15 p.m. Sunday, May 31 at 4700 S. Kedzie. According to public records, Cooks has been arrested four times by CPD in the past year, including on a reckless conduct charge.


Shyjuan Cooks

• DeMarkus Southern, 30, of Calumet City, was arrested at 4:15 p.m. Sunday, May 31 at 4700 S. Kedzie. According to public records, Southern has been arrested three times by CPD since 2014 on charges that included theft and unlawful use of a weapon by a convicted felon.


DeMarkus Southern


• Jacob Marc Anthony Costello, 20, of the 3000 block of South Komensky, was arrested at 4433 S. Pulaski at 6:15 p.m. Sunday, May 31. According to public records, Costello has been arrested 10 times by CPD since 2018 on charges that included theft, retail theft, drinking on the public way, criminal trespass to property and possession of a controlled substance.


Jacob Costello


• Moses Zoquiapa, 20, of the 5800 block of South California, was arrested at 7:25 p.m. Sunday, May 31 at 4140 S. Pulaski.

• William S. Terrell, 21, of the 8900 block of South Justine, was arrested at 4 p.m. Monday, June 1 at 5101 S. Cicero.

• Wayne Stone, 19, of Milwaukee, was arrested at 4 p.m. Monday, June 1 at 5101 S. Cicero. According to public records, Stone was arrested by CPD last August near 65th and Halsted and charged with unlawful use of a weapon.


Wayne Stone

• Terrance Chevell (aka Jerome Roberts) was arrested at 1:36 p.m. Tuesday, June 2 at 4625 S. Pulaski. According to public records, Chevell/Roberts has been arrested 20 times by CPD since 2014 on charges that included retail theft, possession of heroin with intent to deliver, possession of burglary tools, criminal trespass to a residence and criminal trespass to land. A CPD spokesman was unable to locate a home address for Chevell/Roberts.



Terrance Chevell/Jerome Roberts


• Cordarrow C. Trawick, 33, of the 11800 block of South Sangamon, was charged with burglary after he was apprehended near the Walgreens at 47th and Pulaski at 8:13 p.m. Sunday, May 31. A CPD spokesman said that Trawick used a sledgehammer to help others smash their way into the store. A charge of resisting arrest was added after he allegedly head-butted an officer trying to apprehend him. He also was charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon after police reportedly found a loaded handgun on him.


Cordarrow Trawick














































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Tuesday, June 9, 2020

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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Woman charged with looting at Ford City
Sheron White



A 21-year-old Chicago Lawn woman was charged with looting after she was arrested at Ford City at 11:08 a.m. Sunday, May 31.

Sheron J. White, of the 2400 block of West 61st Street, allegedly used a hammer to break her way into the shopping mall and steal merchandise from a store inside.

A CPD spokesman said she was one of a number of people looting stores at the mall that day.







Bust five at Ford City for disorderly conduct

Police have released the names of five people charged with disorderly conduct in relation to rioting that occurred at Ford City on Monday, June 1.

Arrested at 1:55 p.m. were Chander A. Betts, 31, of the 6200 block of South Martin Luther King Jr. Drive; Dia Betts, 24, of the 3600 block of South Calumet; and Ahmad Garner, 24, of the 4900 block of South Washington Park Drive.

Arrested at 3:15 p.m. were Moet R. Carrington, 21, of 3000 block of South Olive, Homewood; and Jordan Miller, 22, of 3900 block of South Parish, East Chicago, Ind.


Chander Betts

Ahmad Garner
Moet Carrington
Dia Betts




Jordan Miller





Bust three on weapons, conduct charges
Joshua Jackson



Three men were arrested in Garfield Ridge at about 5:15 p.m. Sunday, May 31 after police pursued their vehicle when the driver reportedly blew at least two stop signs.

Police said the driver was Joshua L. Jackson, 20, of the 5600 block of South McVicker.

He was arrested in the 6000 block of South Moody and charged with aggravated fleeing, leaving the scene of an accident and several traffic violations.

According to public records, Jackson was arrested twice by CPD in 2018 on charges that included reckless conduct and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.
Rodney Haynes


Also arrested was Rodney Haynes, 22, of the 9100 block of South Colfax.

He was apprehended in the 5900 block of South McVicker.

He was charged with reckless conduct and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.

A CPD spokesman said that Haynes allegedly waved a handgun at police.

According to public records, Haynes has been arrested seven times by CPD since 2018 on such charges as possession of cocaine with intent to deliver, and possession of a false insurance card.

Also arrested was Teon A. Richardson, 21, of the 6800 block of South Ridgeland.
Teon Richardson


He was apprehended in the 6000 block of South Moody and was charged with reckless conduct.

According to public records, Richardson was arrested twice by CPD in 2019, on charges that included domestic battery and failure to carry a driver’s license.













Bust West Englewood man in Clearing

An 18-year-old West Englewood man was charged with criminal trespass to a vehicle and criminal damage to property after he was arrested in the 6200 block of South Mulligan at 5:48 p.m. Monday, June 1.

Jeremiah Walker, of the 6100 block of South Damen, allegedly was discovered in a stolen vehicle that his a parked vehicle, a CPD spokesman said.





Claim man robbed store on Archer
Dontrell Willis



A 27-year-old Loop man was charged with robbery after he was arrested in the 5400 block of South Archer at 6:22 p.m. Friday, May 29.

Dontrell W. Willis, of the 100 block of East Lake Street, allegedly jumped over a checkout counter at a store and stole merchandise.

A CPD spokesman declined to say name the store allegedly robbed.

According to public records, Willis has been arrested 14 times since 2014 on such charges as theft, retail theft, public indecency, criminal trespass to state land and soliciting unlawful business.





Claim Vittum Park man shot rifle
Jason Nowak
 



A 36-year-old Vittum Park man was charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon after he was arrested in the 4800 block of West 50th Street at 9:22 p.m. Sunday, May 31.

Jason P. Nowak, of the 4900 block of South Lamon, allegedly discharged a loaded rifle into the ground.

A CPD spokesman declined to offer further details.






Man shot dead in Hearst area

A 31-year-old West Side man was shot and killed in the 4500 block of South Lamon at about 12:45 p.m. Friday, May 29. Rafael Simmons, of the East Garfield Park neighborhood, was found lying in the street by police officers responding to a ShotSpotter indication. He had been shot multiple times, and he was pronounced dead at the scene. No one is in custody.





Purported looter shot in the head

A 26-year-old man was shot in the head as he reportedly tried to break into an ATM at the Chase Bank branch at 8340 S. Kedzie at 3:22 p.m. Sunday, May 31. Police said the victim was one of a group of people trying to break into the cash machine when a vehicle pulled up and a gunman opened fire before speeding away. The victim was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center, where he was listed in critical condition. No one is in custody.




Man sexually abused girls, police say
Henry Noriega



A 42-year-old Archer Heights man was charged with two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse after he was arrested at his home in the 5100 block of South Kostner at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 20.


Henry Paul Noriega allegedly abused two girls—both about 11 years old—in 2019 in incidents on the North Side, a CPD spokesman said.

He also was hit with a child pornography charge.





Man charged with burglary, weapons rap
Victor Medina



An 18-year-old Garfield Ridge man was charged with burglary and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon after he was arrested in the 5800 block of West 56th Street at 4:47 p.m. Monday, May 18.


Victor Medina, of the 5500 block of South Austin, allegedly burglarized a home a block east of where he was arrested.


A CPD spokesman declined to say what weapon was allegedly found on Medina.





Charged with domestic battery
Kenneth Ausmus


A 23-year-old Clearing man was charged with domestic battery after he was arrested at his home in the 6000 block of West 63rd Street.

Kenneth W. Ausmus allegedly hit a 21-year-old woman on her left cheek during an argument.

According to public records, Ausmus has been arrested four times by CPD since 2014 on charges that included reckless conduct and unlawful use of a blackjack/knife.









Hit suburban man with drug charge

A 42-year-old man from suburban Justice was charged with possession of a controlled
Robert Orosco
substance after he was arrested in the 6400 block of South Austin at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 28.


Robert J. Orosco, of the 8100 block of Marion Drive, was apprehended during a traffic stop. A CPD spokesman said that the vehicle driven by Orosco matched the description of a vehicle involved in an illegal drug transaction. The spokesman declined to say what drugs were allegedly found on Orosco. He also was charged with driving on a suspended license.

According to public records, Orosco has been arrested four times by CPD since 2014 on charges that included criminal trespass to real property and possession of a controlled substance.






Charge man with drug, weapons crime
Jeremie Thompson



A 22-year-old Clearing man was charged with possession of a controlled substance, as well as unlawful use of a weapon, after he was arrested in the 5800 block of South Keeler at 10:45 p.m. Saturday, May 23.

Jeremie D. Thompson, of the 6700 block of West 65th Street, was a passenger in a vehicle stopped by officers.

A CPD spokesman said that officers found a bag of pills, as well as a loaded firearm, on Thompson.





Hit man with drug charge
Leonardo Unzueta



A 22-year-old West Lawn man was charged with possession of a controlled substance after he was arrested in the 5500 block of South Tripp at 11:59 a.m. Sunday, May 24.

Leonardo Unzueta, of the 3900 block of West 68th Street, was a passenger in a vehicle stopped by police. He allegedly had cocaine on him, a CPD spokesman said. 

According to public records, Unzueta has been arrested six times since 2016 on charges that included assault, burglary and possession of a stolen vehicle.





Charge man with domestic battery
Edward Trinidad



A 53-year-old West Lawn man was charged with domestic battery after he was arrested at his home in the 6800 block of South Tripp at 6:45 p.m. Friday, May 22. 

Edward Trinidad allegedly grabbed a 41-year-old woman by the arm during an argument. Police said they saw bruises on the woman’s arm.

According to public records, Trinidad was arrested at his home in 2014 and charged with assault.







Cops bust shirtless, mask-less man
Jose Cisneros


A 31-year-old West Lawn man was charged with criminal trespass to real property after he was arrested at the Walgreens at 7045 S. Pulaski at 3:05 p.m. Sunday, May 24. 

Jose Cisneros, of the 3800 block of West 71st Street, allegedly was at the store despite being banned from it previously. Store employees told police that Cisneros entered the store without a shirt or facemask, and that he was seen panhandling and making sexually harassing comments to several customers.

According to public records, Cisneros has been arrested 14 times by CPD since 2014 on charges that included battery, domestic battery, aggravated assault, criminal damage to property and attempting to bribe a public official.






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