Friday, June 21, 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 38-year-old West Englewood man was arrested and charged with trying to rob the currency exchange at 4715 South Cicero.

Earl Payne of 62nd and Wood is scheduled to appear in Cook County Circuit Court Branch
Earl Payne
48, 155 West 51st Street, on Monday, June 24.

At about 10:15 p.m. Monday, June 17, an alert witness who saw what appeared to be an armed robbery in progress called 911. Police responded and said they saw an offender bolt out the back door of the currency exchange and run east, jumping in a 2006 Chevy Avalanche SUV (owned by Payne) parked in front of 4725 South Keating and speeding away south towards Archer Avenue.

Another police unit spotted the vehicle and curbed it in front of the Bobak Sausage Company, 5275 South Archer.

4715 South Cicero
A search of Payne's vehicle showed a loaded .357 caliber revolver on the back seat, police said.

Currency exchange staff told police they were just locking up for the night and were leaving the building when Payne and an accomplice (still at large) walked up from behind and ordered them at gunpoint "Get your asses back in there." The employees complied, but the robbers fled when interrupted by police.

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A thug made off with $555 cash after using a .357 caliber hand gun to rob the Oil Express at 6330 South Cicero.

At about 4:10 p.m. Saturday, June 15, employees were closing up for the day when a gunman entered the shop via a back door. He pointed the weapon at the manager and said "Give me
6330 South Cicero
the money."

The manager complied, and the robber ran out the back door, hopped a back fence and ran west. He is described as a black man age 30-35, 5'9 to 6'3, wearing a black shirt, blue jeans and a black skull cap.

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A 19-year-old man from the South Side's Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood has been arrested and charged with robbery after he allegedly snatched a woman's cell phone at a CTA bus stop near 51st and Pulaski.

Shaquille Sankey
Shaquille Sankey of 68th and Perry is scheduled to answer charges in Cook County Circuit Court Branch 48, 155 West 51st Street, on Monday, June 24.

At about 8:55 p.m. Sunday, June 16 a 20-year-old Brighton Park woman flagged down police to say that a man had just snatched her phone and ran north on Pulaski.

Police said they saw a man fitting the victim's description (a black man wearing a dark t-shirt with an image of reggae icon Bob Marley) boarding a CTA bus near Archer and Hamlin. When Sankey saw them, police said, he jumped off the bus and started running south on Hamlin. He reportedly slipped and fell in front of 4859 South Hamlin and was taken into custody.

He was positively identified by the victim. Police said Sankey had the victim's cell phone in his possession. It was returned to her.

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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 the West Lawn Park at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 25. 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 14-year-old boy who was one of six reputed gangbangers arrested near 51st and New England on June 14 (story posted here) has been arrested on an unrelated matter, accused of robbing a 13-year-old boy at knifepoint on the playground of Edwards School, 4815 South Karlov.

The boy, who lives near 44th and Karlov, and a 12-year-old boy were detained by police at about 8:00 p.m. Monday, June 17 after they were spotted near where a witness reported two boys breaking windows at an abandoned home near 49th and Komensky.

Police released the 12-year-old after questioning; but while still detaining the 14-year-old, two women walked up and claimed that the two boys had robbed their sons (both age 13) at Edwards 10 days earlier---at about 8:45 p.m. Friday, June 7.

The 14-year-old allegedly was brandishing an 8-10 inch butcher knife when he asked the victims "What are you?" (a common question relating to gang affiliation). The two victims, according to their mothers, said they were not in a gang and then were robbed of two cell phones, a set of house keys and a yellow bracelet.

The victims were allegedly told to keep their mouths shut about the robbery. The offenders reportedly made veiled, we-know-where-you-live type threats against the victims.

The 14-year-old was taken into custody and transported to a juvenile intervention center. His mother was called to pick him up.

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Protect your home, improve your home!

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A 20-year-old West Lawn man told police he was robbed of his cell phone as he stood in front of his home near 71st and Springfield.

The crime occurred at 8:50 p.m. Monday, June 17. The victim said a robber snuck up and punched him in the back of the neck and his right shoulder before snatching away his phone. The criminal ran into an older red Cadillac DeVille (with a cracked tail light) and sped away south on Harding and east on 72nd Street.

The victim refused medical attention and described the crook as a black man age 20-25, 6'0 and 170 pounds, brown eyes, black hair in a "shaved" style, dark complexion, wearing a white tank top, gray baseball cap, black pants and black gym shoes.

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Burglars pried open the service door of a garage near 48th and Karlov and stole assorted tools and plumbing equipment. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 48-year-old man, at 9:00 p.m. Saturday, June 15

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Burglars kicked in the service door of a garage near 49th and Karlov and stole a weed trimmer and a leaf blower. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 31-year-old man, at 9:15 a.m. Sunday, June 16.

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