Sunday, February 3, 2013

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 34-year-old Little Village man who led police on a six-mile-long pre-dawn chase has been charged with several offenses, including burglary and aggravated fleeing.

Benny Arce
Benny Arce of 28th and Kostner is scheduled to appear in Cook County Circuit Court Branch 48-4, 155 West 51st Street, on Friday, February 8.

Police on routine patrol at about 3:00 a.m. Friday, February 1 said they spotted Arce standing outside a car in an alley near 63rd Place and Major. The driver's side door was open, and next to the car were two tires with rims.

When Arce saw them watching him, he allegedly got in his car (leaving the tires/rims in the alley) and drove away west through the alley, then south on Major, east on 64th Street, and then north on Central.

Police followed, and when they turned on their emergency lights, Arce reportedly increased his speed to an estimated 60 mph---blowing a red light at 47th and Central and then heading north on the Stevenson Expressway.

Arce reportedly exited the expressway at Pulaski and headed north. Units from CPD's 10th District attempted to stop Arce, who turned left at 31st Street and headed west to Karlov, where he headed south. He parked in front of 3155 South Karlov and jumped out.

After a foot chase, police apprehended Arce in a back yard at 3118 South Karlov.

In his car (which was impounded), police say they found an open bottle of Modelo in a cup holder next to the driver's seat, as well as additional bottles elsewhere in the car.

They also report that they found burglary tools in the vehicle.

After his arrest, Arce allegedly said that the reason he fled is that he had been drinking at a friend's house.

Police went back to the alley in Clearing, where they saw the service door of the garage pried open, and two matching tires/rims inside. They alerted the homeowner, a 39-year-old woman, who confirmed that the tires/rims in the alley were hers. Further, police say she discovered that two torpedo heaters had been moved near the service door---as if a burglar had staged them for removal. Finally, the garage light bulb had been unscrewed from its socket and had been placed on her car.

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A 36-year-old gangbanger from suburban Bridgeview was punched out by a man with a set of brass knuckles and then dumped on the street near 43rd and Cicero at 11:15 a.m. Saturday, February 2.

The victim, along with a 28-year-old Clearing woman, accepted a ride from several acquaintances with the understanding that he'd pay for gas. When the victim offered no more than $10, the driver reportedly became enraged and beat the victim. Police found the victim lying in the street, bleeding from the forehead.

The victim was transported by CFD ambulance to Holy Cross Hospital. The woman, who was also forced out of the car, declined medical treatment and took a CTA bus home.

The victim gave police a description of the offender---also a gangbanger---and the other occupants of the car.

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A 24-year-old West Elsdon man told police he was stabbed during a fight outside a home near 61st and Kenneth at about 4:30 a.m. Sunday, February 3.

Police encountered the man in the emergency room at Mt. Sinai Hospital, where he had been driven by a friend, a 24-year-old Rockford man.

The victim told police he had just left a party at the home when he got into an argument with the offender, described only as a man age 19-23.

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A 33-year-old Garfield Ridge man told police he was robbed and then stabbed by four thugs who approached him on the street near 64th and Knox at about 10:45 p.m. Saturday, February 2.

The man said that one of the four ordered him to "Don't move...Just chill." Moments later they grabbed a black bag he was carrying and one of them stabbed him in the back.

A 33-year-old man who lives nearby and witnessed the crime ran outside to protect the victim. The offender holding the black bag swung it and hit him in the face with it.

The four attackers then fled into a getaway vehicle, with a fifth man driving. The vehicle was described as a black or dark-colored Chevy conversion van with side running boards, a luggage rack, a spare tire mounted on the back door and a light-colored pinstripe on the side of the van.

The victim who was stabbed was transported by CFD ambulance to Christ Hospital, where he was treated and released.

All five offenders were described as white Hispanic men age 20-30. The one that the stabbing victim got a good look at was described as 5'9 and 190 pounds, chubby face, no facial hair or piercings, brown eyes, black hair, olive complexion, wearing a blue hoodie, blue jeans and black gym shoes.

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A 38-year-old Clearing woman discovered at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, February 2 that burglars had broken through the back door of a home she owns near 71st and Springfield.

The dwelling was ransacked, although it was not immediately clear if anything had been stolen from the tenant, a 28-year-old man who was at work.

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Burglars entered a garage near 64th Place and Hamlin and stole a stereo system, an air compressor and a microwave oven.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 49-year-old man, at 10:00 p.m. Saturday, February 2 when he returned home after driving his wife to work.

There was no sign of forced entry, and the victim told police he had left the service door unlocked.

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Burglars pried open the back door of a home near 58th and Karlov and stole two TVs, a desktop computer, a laptop computer, a fax/printer/copier, a wireless router, two Comcast cable converter boxes, a Panasonic Surround Sound system, five cordless phones, two cell phones, assorted jewelry, and $500 cash.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 31-year-old man, when he arrived home from dinner and shopping at 7:57 p.m. Friday, February 1.

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A 26-year-old Wrightwood man told police that he was robbed at gunpoint in his car near 47th and Cicero.

The victim said that at about 3:40 p.m. Wednesday, January 30 he was a customer at the McDonald's at 4700 South Cicero. Another man repeatedly asked to borrow his cell phone, even offering him a dollar for the call.

The man said he repeatedly refused and was followed out into the driveway, where he finally lent the man his cell phone. The victim said the offender then got in the front passenger seat of the car, pulled out a black revolver, pointed it at the victim's right hip and said "Drive."

The victim said he drove west and was ordered to stop several blocks away, where the offender got out and fled on foot with the cell phone.

The offender was described as a black man age 25, 5'7 and 180 pounds, brown eyes, black wavy hair, medium complexion, a "cross" tattoo under his left eye, "flames" tattoos on both hands, wearing a blue/gray college baseball cap, gray hoodie, blue jogging pants and gray gym shoes.

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Burglars forced open the service door of a garage near 68th and Karlov and stole a snowblower.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 79-year-old woman, at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 30.

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Burglars pried open a back basement window of a home near 49th and Knox and stole two wedding bands,  a digital camera, a Nintendo Wii, a Sony PlayStation 3, $1,500 cash and an 11-month-old female poodle/maltese mix puppy named Cookie.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 37-year-old man, when he came home at 11:50 a.m. Tuesday, January 29 and saw the home's side door open and the house ransacked.

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Burglars entered a garage near 52nd and Kilbourn and stole three impact wrenches, three tool boxes with tools inside, and a torpedo heater.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 45-year-old man, when he came home from work at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 30.

There was no sign of forced entry, and the victim told police that earlier, someone had broken into his vehicle and stolen his automatic garage door opener.

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Three burglars who had just forced their way into a home near 79th and Karlov received an unexpected surprise when they were confronted by a 22-year-old man living there.

The crime occurred at 11:52 a.m. Tuesday, January 29. The home's owner, a 37-year-old man, was at work at the time. The 22-year-old was in the basement and heard banging on the first floor. When he came upstairs to confront the trio, they fled out the door. He told police that he chased them north on Karlov but lost them.

Nothing appeared to be stolen. The criminals were described only as white Hispanic men about 18 years old.

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