Monday, July 21, 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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A 21-year-old Scottsdale gangbanger who reportedly dared police to search his vehicle was charged with unlawful possession of a handgun, after police said they found a 9 mm handgun with seven live rounds stashed in the vehicle's air filter compartment.

Abed A. Ramadan of 82nd and Kolmar was stopped by police in front of 8110 S. Kilpatrick at 9:25 p.m. Tuesday, July 15, about an hour after they stopped his vehicle in front of 4522 W. 79th Place and arrested several passengers on narcotics charges.

Police said that after they found the weapon, Ramadan admitted it was his, saying he needs it because rival gangbangers are harassing him. They added that Ramadan has been a gang member since age 15.

The CPD incident report gave no indication of a court date.

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A 49-year-old Archer Heights woman punched a robber in the head and sent him scampering after he had snatched a tri-color gold chain with a Blessed Virgin medallion from around her neck.

The crime occurred in front of 4700 S. Komensky at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, July 15. The victim did succeed in hanging onto her purse. The robber is described as a Hispanic man age 23-26, 5’8 to 5’9 and 140-150 pounds, brown eyes, light complexion, black hair in a Mohawk style, wearing a dark gray T-shirt and blue jeans.

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Want to fight crime in central and western Garfield Ridge? Head over to the next meeting of the Garfield Ridge Neighborhood Watch, set for 7:00 p.m. Monday, July 21 at European Chalet Banquets at the Mayor's Mansion, 5445 South Harlem.
Monthly meeting. Open to the public. One of Chicago's most active and effective citizen-led crime fighting groups. If you live or own a business in central or western Garfield Ridge (anything west of Central Avenue), this is the group to join! Guest speaker is Nicholas Moran of Innovative Survival Arts, headquartered at 6537 West 63rd Street, who will lead a self-defense demonstration.

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An alert neighbor appears to have scared away two men attempting to burglarize a home near 53rd and Ridgeway at 11:30 a.m. Monday, July 14. The neighbor, a 39-year-old woman, said she saw two suspicious-looking men in the victim’s backyard. She immediately called the victim, who was at work. Police were then called, but the offenders were gone by the time a squad arrived.

The neighbor said she thinks the two heard her talking on the phone, which made them flee. She described the would-be burglars as two black men age 20-30 who fled in a small, blue, two-door car. Both were wearing blue gloves. They had forced a screen off a rear window before fleeing.

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A 31 year-old Brighton Park man told police that a group of thugs accosted him and then fired a gun at him as was walking near 47th and Pulaski at 1:30 a.m. Friday, July 18. Up to six men were involved in the attack, the victim said. After firing and missing, the attackers fled in a black truck. The victim said he ran to nearby houses and persuaded a Good Samaritan drive him home. The attackers are described as Hispanic men age 18-25.

A 10-year-old West Elsdon boy said he was stabbed by a home invader at 11:37 a.m. Thursday, July 17. The offender reportedly entered via a back basement door and fled after the incident at the home near 51st and Ridgeway. He was described as a Hispanic boy or man age 17-18, 5’4 and 120 pounds, short black hair, light complexion, wearing a black and red hoody and blue jeans. The police report gave no indication if there was any sign of forced entry or speculation on a possible motive. Several other people were in the home at the time.

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A 40-year-old Archer Heights man was taken into custody after he allegedly pushed a police officer. Police said they saw Juan C. Aguillon of 49th and Kostner riding his bike in the middle of the 6500 block of West 63rd Street at 8:23 a.m. Friday, July 18. When they told him to ride in the designated bike lane, he resisted, they said. He was transported to Mt. Sinai Hospital for psychiatric evaluation, police added.

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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, July 22. 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 burglar smashed the glass front door of Baby Burritos, 8121 S. Pulaski, at 5:13 a.m. Saturday, July 19, entered but managed to steal nothing of value. The business owner, a 40-year-old Midlothian man, told police the crime was captured by a video surveillance camera. The burglar threw a cash register to the floor, but the business does not keep cash in its registers overnight.

The victim further stated that the burglar is the same individual who burglarized the eatery on July 17, stealing a TV set. The criminal is described as a black man age 25-35, 5'9 to 6'0 and 190-230 pounds, medium complexion,wearing a white baseball cap and a tan hoodie.

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A burglar smashed the glass front door of JJ Fish & Chicken, 4049 W. 79th St., at about 2:45 a.m. Sunday, July 20. The crime was detected when the burglar triggered an alarm, and a security company notified a manager, a 46-year-old Brighton Park man. Stolen was about $400 cash, the manager told police.

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Burglars entered the back door of a home near 49th and Kolin and stole a TV. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 34-year-old man, when he came home from work at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 16.

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