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In the wake of yesterday's acts of barbarism and thuggery by about 200 teenagers in and around Ford City Mall, mall officials maintain that the thefts, destruction of property and intimidation of dozens of innocent people had no connection to Saturday afternoon's appearance by recording artists Mindless Behavior.
Ford City officials have not responded directly to Southwest Chicago Post requests for comment, but last night Ford City officials posted this on their Facebook page:
"Thank you to all the Mindless Behavior fans who attended today's meet & greet. Totally unrelated to today's event, a group of unruly teens entered the mall and caused a disturbance. On the recommendation of the Chicago Police Department the mall was closed for the safety of the shoppers and tenants. The mall will re-open at 11 a.m. tomorrow."
The Southwest Chicago Post shared Ford City's assertion with Chicago Police for an official reaction. They responded:
"A large number of teens at a rap group promotion at Ford City Mall caused a disturbance. Mall closed for safety reasons. Three people sustained minor injuries and were transported to area hospitals. Approximately 20 arrests. NFI." (no further information)
According to CPD, 15 teenagers were arrested on charges of mob action. Fourteen are ages 13-17. The other is Antoine Rosario, 18, of 83rd and Marquette on the South Side.
Of the 15 arrested, two are Southwest Siders (a 14-year-old boy who lives in the Leclaire/Hearst area and a 14-year-old boy who lives in Chicago Lawn.)
The other 13 are all South Siders living as far north as 61st Street, as far south as 85th Street, as far west as Claremont and as far east as the lake.
Police said that the 15 teens arrested "...were part of a group of about 200 youths engaged in mob action, obstructing traffic and jumping up and down on cars that were both moving and stopped in the south parking lot of Ford City Mall."
At least two people were taken to area hospitals with minor injuries. One, a child, was transported to Christ Hospital. The other, a 39-year-old CTA bus driver, was taken to Holy Cross Hospital after shards of glass lodged in his left eye when a thug used a chair stolen from a nearby Wendy's to smash the bus windshield.
Police are said to be reviewing surveillance video from the bus and several stores in an effort to identify more people who committed crimes.
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A 50-year-old Archer Heights man was arrested and charged in connection with the burglary of a garage near 61st and McVicker.
Scott Stanek of 46th and Avers is scheduled to appear in Cook County Circuit Court Branch 48, 151 West 51st Street, on Thursday, February 28.
According to a witness living near the scene of the crime, he heard the burglar alarm on his garage go off at about 11:20 a.m. Thursday, February 21. He said he then looked out his window and saw Stanek trying to kick in the service door of the garage.
The witness told police that he got dressed quickly and ran outside. He said he then saw Stanek several houses down, exiting a garage and carrying a red toolbox.
The witness reported that Stanek then set the box down, spotted him and started walking away north on Moody. Police responding apprehended Stanek in front of 6135 West 61st Street.
Police alerted the victim, who identified the red toolbox as his. The witness positively identified Stanek, police said.
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A 25-year-old Vittum Park man was arrested and charged with aggravated assault after he allegedly waved a loaded pistol at a 61-year-old Archer Heights man trying to cross the street.
Brian Bosman of 52nd and Cicero is scheduled to appear in in Cook County Circuit Court Branch 48, 151 West 51st Street, on Friday, March 1.
The victim told police that at about 9:00 p.m. Saturday, February 23, he was walking near Archer and La Crosse when a black Nissan Altima drove up and blocked the crosswalk.
Bosman, sitting in the front passenger seat, allegedly jumped out, pulled a pistol from his waistband, pointed it in the victim's face and said "I'm gonna cap you, n~gger."
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He did not fire the weapon, but instead reportedly got back in the car, which drove away east toward Cicero Avenue. The victim flagged down a passing police car and pointed out the Altima at Archer and Cicero.
Police curbed the car moments later and arrested Bosman. He was positively identified by the victim.
Police said that Bosman immediately let them know he was carrying a gun and surrendered it to them. He apparently admitted guilt and said he did not know why he pulled a gun on the victim, according to police. Bosman reportedly stated that he only carries a gun for personal protection out of concern about gang-related crime.
Bosman was carrying a valid FOID card, police said. The gun was confiscated.
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Burglars entered a side window of a home near 49th and Kedvale and stole a TV, a PlayStation 3, assorted jewelry and cosmetics, five credit cards and $670 cash.
The crime was discovered by the victims, a 35-year-old woman and a 23-year-old woman, when they arrived home at about 3:15 p.m. Saturday, February 23.
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Home invaders broke a rear window of a home near 53rd and Avers and stole assorted junk jewelry.
The crime was discovered by a woman who was home at the time. Upon hearing the window break, she called 911. When police arrived on the scene, the criminals were gone.
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Burglars pried open the rears doors of a home near 67th and Lawndale and stole two TVs and about $8,000 worth of jewelry.
The crime was discovered by a 27-year-old man when he came home at 5:00 p.m. Friday, February 22.
A hammer apparently used as a burglary tool was left at the scene.
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Burglars entered a garage near 54th and New England and stole three power saws, a chipping hammer, a grinder, a rachet set, a box of drill bits, 16 razor arrows, three pipe wrenches and a 14-inch manual pruning saw.
The crime was discovered by the victim, a 31-year-old man, at 6:30 a.m. Thursday, February 21. There was no sign of forced entry. The victim told police the garage was locked.
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Burglars kicked in the service door of a garage, as well as the back door of a home near 45th and Knox and stole a snowblower, two TVs, a cell phone, two computers, an Xbox 360, a Wii, an iPad, two iPods, assorted jewelry, a portable DVD player, a tablet computer, two cameras, and $3,000 cash.
The crime was discovered by the victim, a 55-year-old man, when he came home from work at 5:30 p.m.Thursday, February 21.
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Burglars broke into a garage near 72nd and Avers and stole assorted tools.
The crime was discovered by the victim, a 41-year-old man, at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, February 21. The overhead door of the garage was damaged, police said.
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A 29-year-old West Lawn man was robbed of his iPhone by a thug on a CTA bus that was northbound at 56th and Pulaski.
The crime occurred at 4:41 p.m. Wednesday, February 20. The victim was seated on the bus, holding his phone, when the robber snatched it out of his hands, ran off the bus and fled east.
Police took the victim home, where he was able to go online and track the phone to a location near 58th and Carpenter. Police gave no word on if the phone was recovered.
The robber is described as a black boy age 16, 6'2 and 170 pounds, brown eyes, black hair, dark complexion, wearing a black skull cap, a red hoodie and tan pants.
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Burglars entered a garage near 62nd and Narragansett and stole a snow blower and a lawn mower.
The crime was reported to police by the victim, an 83-year-old man, at 7:00 a.m. Wednesday, February 20. There was no sign of forced entry.The victim explained that by telling police he had left the service door unlocked because he was concerned that the winter weather might make the lock freeze up.
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Burglars pried open a loading dock door of a warehouse at 40th and Pulaski and stole five cashier scanners valued at $500.
The crime was reported to police at 10:02 a.m. Wednesday, February 20 by a 47-year-old manager of the building.
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Burglars entered the back door of an apartment near 59th and Lawndale and stole two TVs, a laptop computer, a tablet computer, assorted jewelry and various IDs and personal papers.
The crime was discovered by one of the victims, a 31-year-old woman, at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, February 20.
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Want to work directly with Chicago Police to prevent crime in your neighborhood? If you live in Beat 813 or 833 (see map), come to West Lawn Park at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 26. 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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