Sunday, November 4, 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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A 38-year-old Humboldt Park man was arrested by police on Thursday, November 1 in connection with a burglary in the Vittum Park neighborhood.

James Dodson of Walton and Albany is scheduled to appear in Cook County Circuit Court Branch 48-4, 155 West 51st Street, on Monday, November 12.
James Dodson

The victim, a 26-year-old man, told police that at about 12:20 p.m. he came home and saw Dodson in his house near 49th and Leamington, holding a pillow case containing various items from the home.

Dodson reportedly bolted and fled the house, holding the pillow case, as well as a crowbar and a knife in his gloved hands.

The victim ran after him; and Dodson allegedly hollered "Stop chasing me or I'll kill you!"

Dodson then allegedly dropped the pillow case in a back yard at 4911 South Laramie.

Police arrived on the scene and said they saw the victim chasing Dodson; and that Dodson then ran up to a blue Pontiac driven by a 20-year-old Bridgeport woman and smashed the passenger side window with his crowbar. (The driver later told police that Dodson then leaned into the car and hollered "Stop or I'll kill you!" but that she escaped by driving away.)

Police pursued Dodson and caught him in a gangway next to 4909 South Long. They ordered him to drop the knife and crowbar, and he did.

The 26-year-old victim identified the contents of the pillow case as his. They included a laptop computer, a camera, a small change purse with a watch inside, 16 small jewelry boxes with assorted jewelry inside, two large jewelry boxes with assorted jewelry inside.

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A 17-year-old South Sider was arrested by police on Halloween in connection with a burglary in the Sleepy Hollow neighborhood.
Dequriva Williams

Dequriva Williams of 58th and Indiana allegedly was one of four teenagers who broke into a home near 45th and Kilpatrick at 6:57 p.m. Wednesday, October 31.

A neighbor told police that he saw Williams and three others crawling into the home via a side window. When he and another witness looked in the front window, they allegedly saw Williams and three others in the living room. When the witnesses banged on the front windows, the startled Williams and others allegedly bolted out the front door and ran north on Kilpatrick.

Two witnesses pursued and caught Williams in front of 4412 South Kilpatrick. They held him until police arrived.

Police said that Williams had various items in his possession, including a Sony PlayStation 3 video gaming console, a video controller and a box with assorted jewelry inside.

The victim, a 40-year-old man, identified the items as his.

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A 17-year-old from Garfield Ridge was arrested by police on Halloween in connection with a paintball attack that injured at least five local teenagers at various points in the immediate area.

Julian Lozano of 52nd and Massasoit was arrested.

At about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 31, police were flagged down by a citizen who reported that teenagers in a silver Ford Focus were shooting people with a paintball gun. Police saw a car matching the description near 53rd and Rutherford and curbed the vehicle in front of 5330 South Rutherford.

Police said they saw a paintball pistol on the lap of Lozano, who was sitting in the back seat; and a clear plastic bag of orange paintballs at Lozano's feet.

Lozano was brought back to the victims, who positively identified him as the shooter. The three other occupants of the car were not arrested.

The victims suffered minor bruising, police reported.

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A 17-year-old from West Lawn was arrested by police on Halloween in connection with an incident in which he allegedly failed to obey a simple order and then resisted arrest.

Alexis Cruz of 62nd and Kostner was taken into custody.

Police on routine patrol said they saw Cruz and a 17-year-old from Chicago Lawn riding their bicycles at a high rate of speed on the sidewalk near 63rd and Keeler, in such a way as to make pedestrians scramble for safety.

Cruz and his companion were concealing their faces with bandanas, police said.

Police stopped the pair in the alley behind 6250 South Kolin, and when they asked Cruz to get off his bike, he allegedly responded "What for? You got no probable cause. F~ck you, motherf~ckin' pig-ass b~tches. We didn't do sh~t."

When police moved to place Cruz in custody, he allegedly raised his fists in a threatening manner. As he was taken into custody, he reportedly continued shouting obscenities at police. As he was placed in a police car, he allegedly caused an arresting officer to scrape his arm on the door frame, drawing blood. The officer refused medical attention, police said.

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Burglars forced open the front door of a home near 51st and Lamon and stole two laptop computers, a TV, an iPod, two Sony PlayStation 3 video game consoles, a headset, a digital recorder, and $180 cash.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 54-year-old man, when he came home from work at 3:40 p.m. Thursday, November 1.

When questioned by police, a neighbor said that at about 12:30 p.m. he saw three white Hispanic men with backpacks run through a yard across the street, get into a black SUV ad drive away northbound.

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A possible case of mistaken identity may have led to a 37-year-old West Elsdon man being robbed at gun point in Garfield Ridge.

At 11:55 p.m. Friday, November 2, the victim drove his black pickup truck to a home near 56th and Parkside to visit friends. Two thugs quickly approached. One opened the passenger door, pulled the keys out of the ignition and announced his gang affiliation. He ordered the victim to close his eyes and "Give us what you got."

The other thug opened the driver's side door, put his hand over the victim's eyes and pressed what felt like a pistol to the victim's head. He went through the victim's pockets and stole two cell phones, a wallet and $86 cash.

At that point, the victim's friend, a 33-year-old woman, walked out of her home and saw what was occurring. Upon seeing her, one of the robbers yelled "It's his wife!" and they then slashed the two rear tires on the truck and fled on foot south on Parkside.

The woman told police that her husband also drives a black pickup truck---similar to the victim's. She added that she had earlier seen a blue sedan circling the block before the incident.

The thugs were described as white Hispanic men ages 25-30, 5'8 to 6'0 and 190-250 pounds.

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A 35-year-old Brighton Park man told police he was walking home from work on Halloween when he was robbed near 65th and Komensky by four masked thugs.

The crime occurred at about 10:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 31. According to the victim, one of thugs said "Trick or treat. Do you have any money on you?"

The victim said he did not. The thugs then went through his pockets and stole a credit card, a Matricula card and $180 cash, the victim told police.

While they were doing that, one of the thugs repeatedly slashed the victim's clothes with a razor blade, causing minor scratches on his stomach. They then ran away east on 65th Street and then north on Pulaski.

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A 36-year-old Garfield Ridge man told police he was robbed as he walked to a bus stop near Archer and Kostner at 6:00 a.m. Sunday, October 28.

Two thugs approached him, hit him in the face, knocked him down and stole his wallet and $400 cash---he told police. He gave police a description of one of the two: a white Hispanic boy age 15-17, 5'9 and 170 pounds.

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Burglars forced their way into a home near 86th and Kenton and stole a TV, two laptop computers and assorted jewelry.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 64-year-old man, at 9:45 a.m. Friday, November 2.

A witness told police that the burglar may have been a white Hispanic man driving a black car with a dent on the passenger side.

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Burglars pried open the back door of a house near 48th and Laporte but discovered nothing worth stealing inside.

The crime was discovered by a 67-year-old neighbor, at about 7:30 p.m. Thursday, November 1.

The home's owner, a 29-year-old Cicero man, told police that he has not yet moved in.

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Burglars pried open the back door of a home near 45th and Springfield and stole a laptop computer, a Sony PlayStation 3 video game console, a pair of earrings and a gold chain.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 51-year-old woman, when she came home from work at 3:10 p.m. Friday, November 2.

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Burglars pried open the service door of a garage near 55th and Karlov and stole two sleeping bags, a box of men's clothing, a pair of shoes and two 12-packs of Coca-Cola.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 30-year-old man, at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, November 1.

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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 above), come to St. Bruno School (south side of the school) at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 7. If you live in Beat 814, come to Vittum Park at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, November 8. 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.

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