Wednesday, April 24, 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 painting crew from the Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation swooped down on Garfield Ridge earlier today, thwarting the efforts of juvenile gangbanger taggers who had hit about two dozen garages late Thursday night.

"We take graffiti very seriously, and we count on citizens to be extra sets of eyes and ears to
Streets and San (stock photo)
help us spot it and eliminate it as quickly as we can," said Al Cacciottolo, Streets and Sanitation superintendent in the 23rd Ward. "In this case, the people in Garfield Ridge did exactly that, and we got on top of it right away. We are grateful to them for their calls, as well as for the praise they had for us when we were on the scene."

The garages were mostly from 51st to 53rd Streets, near Melvina and Moody.

One of the admitted juvenile gangbangers arrested by police is a 16-year-old boy from suburban Cicero who also was charged with a home invasion near 51st and Mobile that occurred at about the same time.

One of the home invasion victims (a 56-year-old woman) told police that she heard floor boards creaking shortly before she discovered the boy crawling around in the house. She woke up her husband, and the two chased the criminal from their house and outside. A short time later, the husband said he discovered $117 cash missing from his pants, police said.

Police who a short time later apprehended the graffiti taggers noticed that one fit the description of the home invader. He was brought back to the house and positively identified by the victims, according to police. The $117 was found and returned to the homeowner.

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A fairly routine CPD traffic stop near 52nd and Mason resulted in a drug bust on Wednesday, April 23, police said.

Derry Johnson, 28, and Tawanna Robinson, 28, were arrested on charges relating to possession of marijuana and heroin.

Police said that when they stopped the vehicle, a 2007 Cadillac, for blowing a stop sign, they saw white smoke wafting from the inside and detected the aroma of marijuana. They said they found both pot and heroin.

Johnson and Robinson, who live near 52nd and Massasoit, were taken into custody. The three children sitting in the back seat (ages 3, 7 and 9) were also taken to the Eighth District Station and then released to an adult relative.

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A 28-year-old Gage Park man and a 24-year-old West Humboldt Park man were arrested at 3:45 p.m. Sunday, police said, in connection with an argument that reportedly started at a Bedford Park car wash and wound up five blocks east.

Arrested and charged with misdemeanor battery were Fortino Corona of Grand and Karlov
7459 South State Road
and Jose Corona of 56th and Homan.

The two allegedly used their vehicles (a 1995 black Chevy Tahoe and a 2002 tan Chevy Avalanche) to chase and ram the victims' vehicle (a 2001 red Buick). All three vehicles sustained damage, police said.

The conflict, which began at the Fuller Car Wash at 7459 South State Road, reportedly came to a head near 72nd and Kostner (an industrial street just north of Ford City) where the victims bolted from their car and started running west on
72nd and Kostner
72nd Street. At that point, Fortino allegedly used his vehicle to run over one of the victims, a 24-year-old Bridgeview man, and drag him under the car for a short distance.

After the Coronas were taken into custody, the victim who had been dragged, as well as another person (another 24-year-old Bridgeview man) were treated and transported by CFD ambulance to Christ Hospital, where police said they were in serious condition.

The victims' car belonged to another occupant of the car, a 24-year-old Westchester woman.

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Burglars forced open the side door of a home near 56th and Tripp and stole a laptop computer, a PlayStation 3 video game console and 15 games, and a Glock G22 .40 caliber
Glock G22 (stock photo)
pistol (fully loaded).

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 32-year-old man, at 5:45 p.m. Sunday, April 21.

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Burglars pried open the front door of a house near 61st and Kilbourn and stole two TVs, a camera, an Xbox 360 video game console, and assorted jewelry.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 46-year-old woman, when she came home from work at 1:10 p.m. Monday, April 22.

A neighbor told police she had seen two men believed to be the burglars, loading their take into an old white Jeep (with an Indiana license plate). The two were described as white Hispanics 19-20 years old, 5'7 and 120 pounds, brown eyes, black hair, light complexion, "shaved" hair style, wearing latex gloves.

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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, May 1. 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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A 41-year-old woman left her new home near 57th and Mason for only an hour, but returned to find it burglarized at 8:45 p.m. Sunday, April 21. Both the front and back doors were ajar.

The woman told police that she is still in the process of moving in and was not sure what, if anything, was stolen; but the home was in disarray.

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Want to work directly with Chicago Police to prevent crime in your neighborhood? If you live
 in Beat 834 (see map), come to Bogan High School at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, May 2. 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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Burglars kicked in the service door of a garage near 56th and Merrimac and stole a bicycle. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 22-year-old woman, at 8:00 a.m. Sunday, April 21.

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Do you live in Archer Heights and want to help build a safer and stronger community? Please consider joining the neighborhood watch committee of the Archer Heights Civic Association. Easy work, minimal time commitment. Great chance to meet like-minded neighbors who care about the neighborhood, just as you do! For full details, attend the next AHCA meeting, set for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 8 at the UNO Veterans Memorial Campus, 47th and Kildare, or call the AHCA at (773) 843-2232.

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