Sunday, December 2, 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 22-year-old gangbanger from suburban Summit was arrested in the early morning hours of Saturday, December 1 and charged with reckless conduct after allegedly unleashing an obscenity-laced tirade at police and emergency room staff at a local hospital.

Julian Vela of 60th Street and 76th Avenue is scheduled to appear in Cook County Circuit Court Branch 34, 155 West 51st Street, on Monday, December 3.

Julian Vela
Police responding to a call at about 12:45 a.m. saw Vela on the street near 64th and Central , his shirt off and being protected from angry bar patrons by another man. The man told police that Vela had gotten into an argument outside a nearby bar with his girlfriend and her mother; and that they had started punching him. When Vela retaliated with punches, several patrons spilled out of the bar and started pushing and punching Vela---ripping his shirt off and forcing him into the middle of Central Avenue. Vela had several minor cuts and abrasions on his face and neck.

Police said they escorted Vela into a police car to protect him from the cold; but that he then  refused to cooperate with their investigation of the incident---becoming belligerent and yelling "F~ck you, you b~tch-ass n~ggas! I got you!" He also allegedly yelled gang slogans and punched the air in the direction of police. He was then arrested and placed in a squadrol for transport to the CPD Eighth District Station.

On the way there, Vela allegedly began thrashing about in the back of the wagon, continuing his tirade by hollering "You b~tch-ass n~ggas! I'm gonna sue you! Make that money! You b~tch-ass n~ggas! Stop this car!"

When the squadrol arrived at the station, police said they noticed a new wound on Vela's right shoulder---apparently sustained while thrashing around during the ride. Police then transported Vela to Holy Cross Hospital.

Upon arrival at HCH, according to police, Vela refused to walk---instead throwing himself to the ground and screaming "Police are beating me!" Police used a wheelchair to bring Vela inside---where they said he unleashed a similar stream of obscenities and verbal abuse at emergency-room doctors and nurses as they cleaned and stitched his wounds.

Police then took Vela back to the station, where they said a routine custodial search revealed illegal drug paraphernalia (a pipe) in Vela's clothing. In response, Vela allegedly hollered "What you got? A pipe? B~tch-ass n~ggas! F~ck you!"

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A 28-year-old Chicago Lawn man told police he was robbed in the parking lot of the K & G banquet hall, 4235 West 47th Street.
4235 West 47th Street

At 8:45 p.m. Saturday, December 1, the man briefly left a party at the hall and stepped outside to make a phone call. A man walked up and asked to borrow his cell phone. Another man then approached from behind, pressed an object into the victim's side and said "I have a gun. If you move, I'll kill you. Give me all your gold and money."

The victim replied that he had no gold, but handed over his wallet. The robbers removed $60 cash, threw the wallet to the ground and ran away south through an alley.

The victim described the robbers as white Hispanic men about 25-30 years old, brown eyes, black hair, olive complexions. One was about 4'7 to 4'9 and 150-160 pounds; the other 5'9 to 5'11 and 200-220 pounds with a tear-drop tattoo under his right eye.

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Burglars smashed through the front door of the Cash 4 Gold pawn shop, 4404 South Pulaski, shattered a glass service window and pried open a steel service door.

4404 South Pulaski
The CPD incident report did not indicate what, if anything, was stolen. Traces of blood splatters were found inside.

The crime was discovered at 7:48 a.m. Friday, November 30 by a manager at the Subway sandwich shop next door---who phoned the Cash 4 Gold manager (a 22-year-old North Side man) and alerted him.

Police are reviewing surveillance video from a nearby camera.

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5101 South Kildare
Burglars broke the glass of a rear basement door of the MacNeal Kildare Clinic, 5101 South Kildare, pried open the door and stole $50 from a drawer at the front desk.

The crime was discovered at 5:30 a.m. Wednesday, November 28 by a physician who works there and saw the rear door ajar. Also found were blood drops on the steps and basement floor.

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A 19-year-old West Elsdon man told police he was robbed by three thugs on a sidewalk near 60th and Lawndale.

He said he was out walking at about 11:45 p.m. Friday, November 30 when approached by the trio. One asked what he was doing there. They then rifled through his pockets, taking his cell phone and his wallet (which contained $46 cash, debit/credit cards and IDs). They began to hit him in the head and body while ordering him to run away, which he did.

He described his attackers as white Hispanic men about 20-22 years old.

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Burglars smashed the rear basement window of a home near 58th and Austin and stole two laptop computers, assorted jewelry and $30 cash.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 42-year-old woman, at 10:30 a.m. Friday, November 30 when she came home from a beauty salon appointment. Also found were blood drops and smears on several walls and floors.

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Burglars entered an apartment near Archer and Leamington and stole an assortment of food and clothing, a blanket, several CDs, and the victim's birth certificate and Social Security card.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 68-year-old woman, when she came home from church at 2:00 p.m. Friday, November 30. There was no sign of forced entry, and the victim told police she thinks someone has a key.

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Burglars entered a garage near 48th and Lamon and stole a snow blower, six power tools, assorted hand tools and two tool boxes.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 45-year-old man, at 10:30 p.m. Thursday, November 29. He told police that earlier that same day, a thief had stolen his car from a location in Bridgeport---and that inside the car were his automatic garage door opener and auto registration with his name and home address on it.

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Burglars forced open the rear basement door of a home near 48th and Ridgeway and stole a desktop computer, a laptop computer, two cameras, assorted gold jewelry and $1,300 cash.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 58-year-old man, when he came home at noon on Friday, November 30.

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A 62-year-old man standing inside his home near 52nd and Keating heard a loud bang at his front door at 2:20 p.m. Friday, November 30.

He walked into his front room to investigate and discovered a would-be burglar standing in front of him.

The criminal quickly said he was sorry and then turned and fled on foot. Nothing was stolen.

The victim described the home invader as a white man age 40-49, 5'8 to 5'9 and 200-220 pounds, light complexion, wearing a black and gray winter hat, with a limp that appeared to be due to an injured left leg.

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A 19-year-old West Lawn woman who had been away for a few weeks from her basement apartment near 63rd and Kolin returned at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, November 29 to find her place ransacked.

There was no sign of forced entry. The victim told police that among the things stolen were a TV, a TV stand, a couch, two cable converter boxes, a cable router box, a Social Security card and $2,100 cash.

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A burglar broke a window in an unsuccessful attempt to burglarize the Cash America pawn shop at 4558 South Cicero.

The crime was discovered by police at 10:15 p.m. Thursday, November 29. A hammer used to smash the glass was found at the scene. Police are reviewing surveillance video.

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Two Little Village men (29 and 31 years old) and a 37-year-old Gage Park man were robbed at gunpoint by two thugs as they stood on a corner near 46th and Komensky at 4:35 p.m. Wednesday, November 28.

The robbers emerged from an alley, brandishing pistols and saying "Empty your pockets and give us everything you've got."

The victims complied. Stolen were a cell phone and two wallets with a total of $380 cash. Also stolen was a 2004 Ford Explorer belonging to one of the victims. The crooks drove away east on 45th Street.

The thugs were described as white Hispanic men age 18-21, 5'5 to 5'7 and 140-170 pounds, brown eyes, black hair, medium complexion.

Police were reviewing surveillance video from a nearby business.

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A 14-year-old Chicago Lawn boy was robbed at gunpoint as he walked on a sidewalk near 71st and Hamlin at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 28.

He told police that the robber tapped him on the shoulder, showed him a revolver and said "Give me everything you have."

The victim complied, and the thug ran away north on Hamlin with the boy's iPod and wallet (with a debit card and $17 cash inside).

The crook was described as a white Hispanic man age 19-20, 5'5 and 120 pounds, black hair in a shaved style, wearing blue jeans and a white jacket with green lines.

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A 52-year-old West Side man told police he was the victim of a strong arm robbery at 40th and Pulaski at 4:04 p.m. Wednesday, November 28.

The man said he accepted a ride from another man he knew only as Horace. When they neared the victim's destination, Horace demanded payment for the ride. The victim refused, and Horace forcibly took $42 cash from him before driving away.

Horace was described as a black man age 44-45, 5'10 and 165 pounds, brown eyes, black hair and dark complexion. The CPD incident report offered no description of the vehicle.

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A 25-year-old Bolingbrook man told police he was robbed at knife point at 8:50 p.m. Tuesday, November 27 in the alley immediately east of Szykowny Funeral Home, 4902 South Archer.

The victim told police he was standing on the sidewalk, leaning into his car, when the crime occurred. The offender said "Give me all your money." The victim denied that he had any and then surrendered his wallet. The thug snatched $135 cash from the wallet, threw the wallet to the ground, and ran away east on Archer and then north on Avers.

The criminal is described as a white Hispanic man age 20-33, 5'8 and 160 pounds, short black hair, wearing a black hoodie.

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Want to work directly with Chicago Police to prevent crime in your neighborhood? If you live in Beat 815 or Beat 821 (see map above), come to St. Bruno School (south entrance) at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 5. If you live in Beat 834, come to Bogan High School at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, December 6. 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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