Tuesday, September 2, 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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Rodrigo Medellin
Cicero Police announced that they have arrested a 31-year-old man they believe to be the "No Boundaries Bandit" (a criminal who has robbed a dozen banks--including four on the Southwest Side--over a wide swath of the Chicago area between May 16 and Aug. 31).

Cicero police said they "immediately identified" Rodrigo Medellin "after viewing his images and recognized him as an individual who they had long suspected of involvement with local street gangs," according to a statement posted online.

Police said they "immediately began tracking his known whereabouts and tracked him to Broadview, near Roosevelt Road and 18th Street on Sunday. He was apprehended and then arrested at 3 p.m., following a short vehicle chase and then foot chase. The FBI was immediately notified. Medellin was found in possession of a firearm at the time of the arrest. Police recovered one loaded Tec 9 automatic weapon with a 30-round magazine."

According to Cicero Police, Medellin was charged with multiple counts of armed robbery: felony aggravated assault to a police officer; felony aggravated fleeing and eluding police; felony aggravated unlawful use of a weapon by a felon; multiple traffic violations and a parole violation warrant.

His vehicle was towed and impounded.

Police added that Medellin is suspected in the robbery of the following banks:

Aug. 31, TCF Bank, 800 N. Harlem Ave, River Forrest
Aug. 21, 2:08 p.m. at BMO Harris, 9101 Cermak in Riverside
Aug. 15, 6 p.m. at Chase Bank, 100 W. North Ave. in Northlake
Aug. 11, 1:17 p.m. at Park Federal Savings, 5400 S. Pulaski, Chicago
July 16, 2:35 p.m. at Popular Bank, 1700 W. Lake in Melrose Park
June 25, 4:50 p.m. at TCF Bank, 5320 S. Pulaski, Chicago
June 24, 5:06 p.m. at Chase Bank, 1700 N. Wells, Chicago
June 19, 4:33 p.m. at Charter One, 4001 South Harlem in Stickney
June 11, 3:13 p.m. at Washington Federal Bank, 2869 S. Archer, Chicago
Jun. 6, 4:50 p.m. at PNC Bank, 6650 W. Cermak in Berwyn
May 27, 1:27 p.m. at TCF Bank, 6315 W. 55th Street, Chicago
May 16, 5:14 p.m. at PNC Bank, 4900 W. 87th St. in Burbank.

Officials at the FBI's Chicago office have acknowledged only that a suspect is in custody.

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33-year-old West Elsdon man has been charged in connection with a shooting that
Luis Gonzalez
occurred a Cook County Forest 
Preserve soccer field that injured one man, Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart said Monday.

Luis Gonzalez of 55th and Kolin is charged with aggravated battery with a firearm, reckless discharge of a firearm, and vehicular invasion. He is scheduled to appear in bond court on Tuesday at the Cook County Circuit Court facility in Bridgeview.

Dart said that at about 5:15 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31, Cook County Sheriff’s Police detectives were notified of a shooting that took place at a Cook County Forest Preserve soccer field located near 147th and Ridgeland, in Oak Forest.

It was reported that approximately 2,000 people attended a soccer match there. According to the Sheriff’s Police investigation, at the conclusion of the game, a man fired a gun, 
injuring a 47-year-old Harvey man. The victim was taken to an area hospital, where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries and was later released.

Dart said that Gonzalez attempted to flee in another person’s vehicle, but was apprehended by Oak Forest Police, who arrived to assist the Cook County Forest Preserve Police already on scene.

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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, September 3. 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 29-year-old Palos Hills man was shot as he stood on a sidewalk in front of 3715 W. 57th Street at 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30.

Police said that the victim is an admitted gangbanger originally from the 53rd and Albany area in Gage Park. He was shot twice in his lower right leg and transported by CFD ambulance to Christ Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition.

The shooter was described only as a Hispanic man wearing a black hoodie.

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An 18-year-old Clearing man, described by police as a gangbanger, was stabbed in the back by a group of three rival gangbangers as he stood on a sidewalk in front of 5550 W. 63rd Place at 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30.

The victim was transported by CFD ambulance to Christ Hospital. He said the trio of hoodlums shouted gang slogans and then fled in a gray pickup truck. They are described only as Hispanic men age 30-40.

A 44-year-old woman walking to a local grade school to pick up her children was robbed by an armed thug on a bicycle. The crime occurred at 2:35 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28.

The offender rode up, showed a handgun in his waistband, and robbed the victim of her purse, wallet, cell phone and $1,000 cash--she told police. The criminal then rode away north, then east on 63rd Street. Police later found the bike abandoned in front of 4149 W. 63rd Street.

The crook is described as a black man age 18-20, 5'7 and 155 pounds, brown eyes, black afro-style hair, medium complexion, with tattoos on both arms.

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Burglars cut through a chain link fence, drop a pick-up truck to a loading dock and stole assorted copper pipes from a warehouse at 4025 S. Keeler. The crime occurred at 3:13 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, according to police. An employee said that the offenders fled after they saw him watching them.

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Burglars entered the back door of a home near 59th and Hamlin and stole $8,360 cash from a safe. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 59-year-old woman, at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 28.

A 25-year-old Chicago Lawn man told police he was robbed at gunpoint by a pair of thugs who accosted him as he stood at a CTA bus stop near 63rd and Cicero at 9:50 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26. The hoodlums stole his wallet, $60 cash and his cell phone and then ran east on 63rd Street. The victim said he later saw them in a black Cadillac Escalade. They are described only as Hispanic men age 20-23.

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A 23-year-old Archer Heights woman said she was robbed as she walked down a sidewalk in front of 4032 W. 48th Street at 2 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 28.

She said a man grabbed her from behind, pulled her hair and tried to take her purse. She succeeded in hanging onto her purse, but the bandit snatched a $100 bill from the purse before fleeing on foot. She refused medical treatment and told police that the thug later came back and asked her, in Spanish, "How much for sex?"

The offender is described as a Hispanic man age 40, 5'7 and 160 pounds, brown eyes, short black hair, medium complexion.

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An 18-year-old West Lawn man was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of ammunition. Police on patrol said they saw Gerardo Martinez of 62nd and Kilpatrick try to hide several rounds of ammunition in a pay-phone coin return at a gas station at 4700 W. 63rd Street at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27.

Martinez, described by police as a gangbanger, is set to appear in Cook County Circuit Court Branch 34, 155 W. 51st St., on Oct. 3.

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