Monday, March 11, 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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Steven Fermaint

A 23-year-old Bridgeview man is in custody after he allegedly was spotted rummaging through another man's car in the parking lot of the Walgreens at 6016 West 63rd Street.

Steven Fermaint of the 7800 block of west 73rd Place will answer charges of burglary on Friday, March 15 in Cook County Circuit Court Branch 48, 151 West 51st Street.
6016 West 63rd Street

An 18-year-old Clearing man shopping at that Walgreens at 5:35 p.m. Saturday, March 9 said he saw Femaint trespassing in his 1995 Toyota Camry, looking through items in the glove box. He said he confronted Fermaint, who allegedly said "Sorry. I didn't take anything," before fleeing on foot.

The victim called police, who spotted Fermaint walking up a sidewalk in front of 5851 South Austin. They apprehended him and brought him back to Walgreens, where he was positively identified by the victim.

After his arrest, Fermaint reportedly told police, "I was looking for needles and cigarettes, but I was not going to take anything."

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A 20-year-old Archer Heights gangbanger was listed in stable condition at Mt. Sinai Hospital after he was shot several times by a rival gangbanger in front of the 7-9-11 grocery store, 4884 South Archer.
4884 South Archer

According to the victim, he was sitting in a van and waiting for his brother-in-law to finish shopping at the store at about 10:00 p.m. Saturday, March 9. Suddenly, a thug walked up to the van, flashed a hand gun, hollered "What's up, motherf~cker!" and fired five or six times into the van. The shooter then ran into a waiting dark-colored minivan, which sped away west on Archer, toward Pulaski.

The victim attempted to drive himself home and collapsed near 45th and Kedvale on a lawn.
CFD paramedics treated him and transported him to Mt. Sinai.

The shooter was described only as a heavyset white Hispanic man.

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Mark your calendar: gang awareness seminar will be held at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 19 at Hale School, 6140 South Melvina (auditorium). Sponsored by the Clearing Night Force neighborhood watch group, the CPD Eighth District CAPS Office and the CPD Gang/Tactical Unit. Learn from the experts on how to recognize gangs and gang activity and how to deal with it. Learn prevention tips by learning about how gangs recruit young people. Open to the public. Students who attend may earn service hours. For details, email or call (773) 492-0812.

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A 24-year-old West Lawn gangbanger was arrested and charged with aggravated domestic battery, police said, after he allegedly beat his 35-year-old brother with a chair.

At about 2:00 a.m. Saturday, March 9, Julian Espinola arrived at his residence near 60th Place and Springfield to party with several fellow gangbangers. Upon seeing them, Espinola's brother reportedly told him and his buddies to leave.

An argument ensued, and Espinola allegedly beat him with a chair, causing lacerations to the back of the victim's head and to his left hand. Police said that the victim was treated at Holy Cross Hospital, where he received six stitches to close his head wound.

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A 22-year-old Clearing woman was arrested and charged with misdemeanor battery, police said, after she allegedly hit her 31-year-old neighbor in the head with a frying pan in what police describe as a gang-related incident that occurred at about 5:00 p.m. Saturday, March 9.

Michelle Heron of 65th and Major is scheduled to appear in Cook County Circuit Court Branch 34, 151 West 51st Street, on Thursday, April 4.

The victim and her 28-year-old boyfriend from Oak Lawn (both gang members, according to police) claimed that Heron hit her in the head, apparently during an argument.

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Want to discuss local crime directly with CPD Eighth District Commander David R. McNaughton? Come to the next meeting of the Garfield Ridge Neighborhood Watch, set for 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 18 at Valley Forge Park, 7001 West 59th Street. Also on hand will be Chicago Department of Buildings Deputy Commissioner Marlene Hopkins, who will answer questions about residential foreclosures and other issues.

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Burglars forced open the back door of a home near on the 4500 block of west 79th Place and  stole a 40-inch flatscreen TV.

The crime was discovered by the 41-year-old daughter of the home's owner at 9:00 a.m. Saturday, March 9.

There was no sign of anything else in the home being stolen or disturbed, and the woman told police she suspects two relatives who were recently thrown out of the home for their continued gangbanging.

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Burglars broke through the basement window of a home near 78th and Karlov and stole a laptop computer, a camera, a PlayStation 3 and six games, six pairs of earrings, three rings and a necklace.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 44-year-old man, when he and his family returned home at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 9.

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An 18-year-old Chicago Lawn man told police that he was beaten and robbed by three thugs on a sidewalk near 63rd Place and Hamlin.

The crime occurred at about 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, although the crime was not reported to police until 8:50 a.m. the following day.

The victim said he and a friend were walking towards the victim's car when the three offenders walked up with one saying "Come over here and give me all your stuff."

When the victim refused, he was punched in the face by one of the thugs; another snuck around him and pushed him to the ground, his head hitting the pavement. They took his wallet and fled.

The three were described only as black men age 18, 5'10 and 150 pounds. The victim claimed that he went to a physician's office to have his wounds treated.

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Burglars pried open the back window of a home near 64th and Lorel and stole two TVs, a laptop computer and a Kindle.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 43-year-old man, when he came home from work at 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 6.

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Burglars broke a back window of a home near 58th and Keeler and stole two TVs, a laptop computer, a Wii with eight games, a PlayStation 3, an iPad, a four-string bass guitar and amplifier, assorted toys (new in their packages), keys to the victim's car, $1,700 cash and over 50 pieces of jewelry worth an estimated $12,000.

The crime was discovered by the victims, a 56-year-old woman and a 29-year-old man, when they came home from work at 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 6.

Traces of blood (believed to be the burglar's) were found in the bathroom.

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Want to work directly with Chicago Police to prevent crime in your neighborhood? If you live in Beat 811 (see map), come to Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 19. 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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