Sunday, September 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 group of Scottsdale residents apparently fed up with crime chased down an 18-year-old
Kahari A. Dixon
Wrightwood man who allegedly had just robbed a 59-year-old Scottsdale woman of her cell phone, and held him for police.

The victim said she was walking on a sidewalk near 79th and Kilpatrick at 6:10 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18 when a robber on a bicycle snatched her cell phone and pedaled away east. She ran after him, and moments later flagged down a passing motorist--a 40-year-old Scottsdale man--who chased the offender.

The offender ditched his bike and the stolen cell phone on the 4600 block of West 79th Place, with the motorist and other neighbors in pursuit. A short time later, in an alley near 78th and Kilpatrick, Kahari A. Dixon, of the 3000 block of West Columbus, was apprehended by three Scottsdale men who detained him for police.

Police brought the victim to the scene, where she positively identified Dixon as the man who stole her cell phone. The victim's cell phone was returned by a neighbor who recovered it.

Dixon was arrested and charged with robbery. He is set to appear in Cook County Circuit Court Branch 48, 155 W. 51st St., on Thursday, Sept. 25.

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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, September 23. 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.

Two thugs punched and attempted to rob a 68-year-old West Lawn man as he worked inside his garage near 62nd and Karlov at 6:10 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15.

The victim told police that the assailants demanded his money and punched him in the left temple, knocking him to the garage floor. A 50-year-old neighbor taking out his garbage saw the incident, and the two men threatened him verbally by saying, "What the f~ck you looking at?" and throwing a chair at him.

After failing to find anything of value on the victim, the would-be robbers ran away. The victim’s elbow was cut from the fall, but he declined CFD medical assistance. The attackers are described as black men age 25-32, 5’8 to 5’10 and 130-140 pounds.

Burglars broke into a garage near 48th and Ridgeway and stole a power washer, as well as assorted tools. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 38-year-old man, when he returned from vacation at 5 a.m. Friday, Sept. 12. His vehicle also was damaged in the crime.

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Burglars kicked in the service door of a garage near 51st and Lamon and stole two bicycles and two stereo speakers. The crime was discovered by the victims, a 49-year-old man and 43-year-old woman, at 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18.

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Burglars entered a garage near 51st and Latrobe and stole a power saw. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 35-year-old man, at 1:35 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17. He told police he has images of the two burglars on surveillance video and would share it with detectives.

Burglars pried open the service door of a garage near 52nd and Laporte and stole a bicycle. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 30-year-old man, at 1 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16.

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