Monday, July 16, 2012

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 Sector 1. 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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(Editor's note: Kedzie Avenue is a little east of the area the Southwest Chicago Post covers; but we thought you'd find this incident to be interesting reading.)

A 38-year-old man who reportedly threw a beer bottle into the face of a waitress at the Just One More sports bar, 5332 South Kedzie, was chased out of the bar by angry patrons and beaten up---suffering injuries that led to a Chicago Fire Department ambulance ride to the emergency room at Holy Cross Hospital.

Jose Lopez of the Little Village neighborhood was arrested by police and charged with one misdemeanor count of battery for allegedly throwing the bottle.

The incident occurred at about 12:40 a.m. Thursday, July 12. The bottle hit the waitress, a 35-year-old woman from Brighton Park, in the face and caused bleeding above her upper lip. She later refused CFD medical treatment.

The bar patrons caught up with Lopez across the street from the bar---near a shuttered Tastee Freeze at 53rd Place and Kedzie. While on the ground, Lopez received multiple punches and kicks. By the time police arrived, the patrons had scattered; no one on the scene admitted to knowing anyone who took part in the beating.

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Burglars broke into a home near 57th and Kostner and ripped out copper tubing in the basement.

The crime was discovered by a 26-year-old woman who told police that she had lived there, but was in the process of leaving. She came to the home at 4:00 p.m. Thursday, July 12 and saw the front door ajar, and a broken window in the front door.

She walked inside and said she smelled the odor of a gas leak and heard the sound of running water. In the basement, she and police discovered water gushing from a pipe and the basement flooded with about 14 inches of water.

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Burglars broke through the rear door of a home near 58th and Hamlin and stole a Sony PlayStation 3 video game console, a cell phone, assorted gold jewelry and four bottles of liquor.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 36-year-old woman, when she came home from work at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 12.

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Burglars broke through the front door of an apartment near 76th and Kostner and stole a desktop computer, a laptop computer, a printer, a TV, a DVD player, a stereo, a floor safe, assorted jewelry and watches, a knife/fork/spoon set and $2,000 cash.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 57-year-old man who uses the apartment as a secondary residence, at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 11.

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A 52-year-old woman came home from shopping at a store to find the bedroom of her house near 53rd and Harding ransacked, at 12:55 p.m. Wednesday, July 11.

She told police that several items were missing, including a laptop computer, two Nintendo Wii controllers, and assorted jewelry.

According to police, there was no sign of forced entry. The victim said that when she came home, the doors were closed and locked.

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Police responding to a call at 3:20 a.m. Sunday, July 15 found a 21-year-old West Lawn man lying on a lawn in front of 6558 South Kolin, about a half-block away from his home, bleeding from multiple stab wounds.

The victim was transported to Christ Hospital and Medical Center.

A witness told police he had heard a loud argument shortly before he saw the victim lying in the grass. The offender was described as a white Hispanic man, 5'10 to 6'0 and 250 pounds, with long black hair and wearing a black t-shirt.

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Burglars broke into a garage near 50th and Kilpatrick and stole a number of auto parts and accessories, including 8 wheels with tires, two condensers, an air blower, a radiator, two seats and seven Camaro mouldings.

The criminals also damaged the victim's 1995 Honda Accord in an unsuccessful attempt to break into the vehicle.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 28-year-old man, at 10:00 p.m. Thursday, July 12.

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A 41-year-old West Lawn man walking home from a bar was robbed at 56th and Kostner by two thugs at 4:00 a.m. Thursday, July 12.

Speaking through an interpreter, the man told police that a man sitting on a front porch called out to him and asked if he had a cigarette. As the victim walked towards him, a second man walked out of a gangway and approached.

The victim said the two men began punching him and stole his wallet---which contained his matricula card. He was later treated for his injuries at Mt. Sinai Hospital. 

He described the attackers as 25-35 years old and of Arab or other Middle Eastern origin.

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Burglars pried open the back door of a home near 65th Place and Springfield and stole two TVs, a portable air conditioner, a glass TV stand and a lawn mower.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 63-year-old man, 4:30 p.m. Thursday, July 12.

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If you live in Garfield Ridge and want to prevent crime and build a better neighborhood, please attend the next meeting of the Garfield Ridge Neighborhood Watch, set for 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 16 at Valley Forge Park, 7001 West 59th Street. Scheduled guest speaker is 23rd Ward Alderman Michael R. Zalewski and judicial candidate Elizabeth Hayes. For more information, visit

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  1. Stop calling people "white" Hispanic. There is no such thing. The person is either white or an Hispanic. This PC is stupid!

    1. White Hispanics are from Mexico etc and black Hispanics are from puerto Rico and central America. There is a difference in skin color.

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  3. Our information comes directly from Chicago Police Department incident reports. Our verbiage is consistent with theirs. Second, "Hispanic" is not a race. It is an ethnicity. There are white Hispanics, black Hispanics, and mixed-race Hispanics. The argument that Hispanics can't possibly be white is nearly identical to the argument that was popular among some anglo-Americans a century ago---that Italians (particularly Sicilians) are not white people; which of course is nonsense. The same "these aren't white people" assertion was also applied, to a lesser degree, against American immigrants from Poland and other Slavic lands. And it was equally nonsensical.

  4. It is very necessary to make people aware of such activities so that they can be alert about such happenings. thanks to news blogs who periodically update the crime news, make people aware of it.