Monday, July 7, 2014

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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An 18-year-old West Elsdon man was arrested and charged with unlawful
Eduardo Gomez
possession of a handgun. Eduardo Gomez of 53rd
 and Lawndale was apprehended by police in front of 4242 W. 52nd St. at 10:45 p.m. Thursday, July 3.

Police said he was one of three men in a vehicle curbed by police. As they quizzed the trio about their whereabouts, police said that a 9-mm semi-automatic pistol fell from Gomez’ waistband.

He then allegedly said, “Please give me a break. I just found that gun in a garbage can.” Police said that while at the Eighth District station, Gomez allegedly admitted he was holding the gun for a local street gang. Bond was set at $50,000, and Gomez is scheduled to appear in Cook County Circuit Court Branch 48, 155 W. 51st Street, on Thursday, July 10.

Police added that Gomez is a convicted felon out on parole. According to the Illinois Department of Corrections, he was sentenced to four years in prison last year for aggravated robbery.

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A 17-year-old bucket boy from Englewood was arrested and charged with aggravated assault after he allegedly threatened a police officer rousting him near 71st and Pulaski.

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In response to multiple complaints from West Lawn neighbors, police said they were on "aggressive patrol" in the vicinity when they spotted the teen loitering on the northwest corner of the intersection.

They said that when they questioned the boy, he adopted a fighting stance and said, "I would knock you out." Police arrested him, confiscated his drumsticks and called his mother. The CPD incident report gave no word on a bucket.

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A 55-year-old West Elsdon man told police he was robbed by three men as he walked down a sidewalk in front of 5120 S. Pulaski at 3:20 a.m. Monday, July 7. He was walking home and was about a mile from his residence when the trio snatched his backpack and ran away east on 51st Street.

In the bag were the victim’s cell phone, umbrella and Bible, according to the police report. The three offenders are described as white Hispanic men age 18-25, 5’5 to 5’7 and ranging in weight from 115-250 pounds.

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Want to work directly with Chicago Police to prevent crime in your neighborhood? If you live in Beat 812 (see map), come to the Clearing Branch Library at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 9. 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.

A 45-year-old West Side woman told police she was robbed as she walked down a sidewalk in front of 5000 S. Cicero at 5:30 a.m. Friday, July 4. She said that a man approached and flirted with her, and then grabbed her by the throat, put a razor-style knife to her throat and said, “Come with me.”

When he tried to drag her to the alley, she grabbed his penis, she told police, prompting the attacker to bite her arm and flee on foot. The robber made off with her red purse, cell phone and $75 cash, the victim said. The robber is described as a white Hispanic man age 21-30, 5’7 and 150 pounds, short black hair.

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An alert neighbor frightened off a garage burglar, but not before he made off with the victim's GPS unit. The crime occurred at a garage near 62nd and Kildare at 7:30 a.m. Sunday, July 6. The neighbor had just pulled into the alley when he saw the victim's overhead garage door open. The criminal fled east on a red bicycle and was described as a black man age 20-30.

There was no sign of forced entry, although the victim, a 51-year-old man, told police he had locked his garage the night before.


Burglars forced their way into a garage near 52nd and Mason and stole a power washer and assorted power tools. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 45-year-old man, at 9 a.m. Sunday, June 29.

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A 59-year-old Garfield Ridge man reported that someone had entered his apartment near 54th and Lorel, while he was out of the country, and stole two cameras, a TV, a sofa, a GPS unit and an antique lamp. He reported the crime on Saturday, July 5 but said it had been discovered on May 16 by his daughter. Police said there was no sign of forced entry.

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Burglars entered the unlocked service door of a garage near 63rd and Kildare and stole a leaf blower and a power washer. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 62-year-old man, at 2:30 p.m. Friday, July 4. He told police that he was puttering in his garage, but then left it to go talk with a neighbor across the streets. He was only gone about 10 minutes, he said.

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The owner of an auto repair shop in the 5100 block of South Archer told police that someone had stolen a vehicle diagnostic computer, a set of auto repair tools, and an in-car camera. The owner told police he suspected a former employee with a key to the premises. Police were investigating.

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