Monday, August 25, 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 27-year-old Gage Park man is credited by police with chasing, disarming and
Wojciech Muzia
apprehending a 23-year-old West Elsdon man who allegedly robbed a woman at gunpoint at about 2 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 23.

Wojciech Muzia of 59th and Lawndale is charged with aggravated robbery and is set to appear in Cook County Circuit Court Branch 48, 155 W. 51st St., on Friday, Aug. 29.

The victim, a 37-year-old West Lawn woman, told police that she was accosted by Muzia on the sidewalk in front of 3709 W. 59th St. He allegedly asked, “What’s you name, b~tch?” and said “Give me your f~cking money” while brandishing a handgun that turned out to be a Daisy brand pellet gun, according to police.

The victim said she told Muzia that she had no money, but that he could have her purse, which he allegedly took.

The 27-year-old Gage Park man, who told police he witnessed the crime, was armed with a pistol and holds a concealed carry permit. He said he confronted Muzia and ordered him to drop his weapon. Muzia then allegedly threw his weapon under a car parked nearby and fled on foot. The witness said he chased Muzia, tackled him and held him until police arrived.

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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, August 26. 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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Two men said by police to be gangbangers were arrested and charged with assault after they allegedly threatened a 23-year-old Clearing man as he walked down a sidewalk in front of 6255 S. Neenah at 4:22 p.m. Monday, Aug. 18.

Blake I. Castro, 22, of 60th and Mulligan, and Jonathan Castro, 19, of Marquette Park, were apprehended by police after the allegedly shouted gang slogans at the victim and threatened him with crowbars.

The victim said he ran away, grabbing a brick along the way to defend himself. Castro also was charged with possession of narcotics, police said, after they allegedly found a plastic bag containing pills in his vehicle. The victim is also a gang member, according to the police report.

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A 63-year-old Clearing man told police that he stumbled upon an intruder in his apartment near 62nd and Oak Park at 12:07 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23. He told police that the man, an 18-20-year-old friend of his daughter, had broken a lock on his bedroom door and stole a Nintendo Wii video game console before fleeing on foot. The victim shared the man’s name with police, who were investigating.

While a 46-year-old West Lawn man worked outside his house near 62nd and Kedvale at 5:40 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, burglars pried open the back door and stole $900 cash from a spot in the kitchen, he reported to police.

Burglars entered the unlocked service door of a garage near 64th and Meade and stole a bag of tools, two bicycles and a Movado watch. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 39-year-old woman, at 7 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 23.

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Burglars entered the rear window of a home near 56th and Tripp and stole a laptop computer and an air conditioning unit. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 60-year-old woman, at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21.

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Burglars kicked in the service door of a garage near 51st and Lorel and stole a bicycle and a hand jack, as well as damaged a 2011 Subaru parked inside. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 23-year-old woman, when she came home from work at 4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 18.

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