Tuesday, August 4, 2015

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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With a kitchen knife held to his throat, a 36-year-old West Lawn man refused two thugs’ demands to surrender his belongings as he stood on a sidewalk in front of 6001 S. Pulaski at 11 p.m. Wednesday, July 29.

After he refused, the criminal holding the knife pressed it against his throat, cutting it. At that point a 27-year-old West Lawn woman walking with the victim screamed, prompting the offenders to flee empty handed.

The thugs were described as Hispanic men age 30-35, 5-foot-5 to 5-foot-10 and 155 pounds, with black hair and light complexions, wearing black T-shirts and blue jeans. The victim’s companion drove him to MacNeal Hospital, where he was treated and released.

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Want to work directly with Chicago Police to prevent crime in your neighborhood? If you live in Beat 815or 821 (see map), come to St. Bruno School (south entrance) at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 5. 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 20-year-old Clearing man and a 16-year-old Garfield Ridge boy were charged with aggravated assault after they allegedly jumped out of a car and used baseball bats to threaten a 38-year-old man as he stood in front of his home near 52nd and Luna at 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 28.

Zachary R. Frontczak of the 6500 block of West 60th Street is set to answer the charge in court on August 18. The police report gave no indication about any further action involving the 16-year-old.

The victim told police that the pair threatened him and drove off, saying they would be back later. When police responded to investigate, Frontczak and the youth did return, leading to their apprehension, police said.


A 67-year-old man told police that burglars entered the back window of his home near 51st and Millard and stole $10,000 cash, two computers, assorted jewelry, an iPad, a video game console and 10 video games. He said he discovered the crime when he returned from Milwaukee at 9 p.m. Sunday, July 26.

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Burglars broke through the front and rear doors of an apartment near 58th and Karlov and stole a conventional oven and an iPod. The crime was discovered by the landlady, a 51-year-old woman, at 10 a.m. Sunday, August 2. She told police she suspects a previous tenant committed the crime.


Burglars kicked in the back door of a home near 59th and Oak Park and stole assorted jewelry. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 55-year-old woman, when she came home from work at noon Friday, July 31.

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Burglars entered the rear window of an apartment near 64th Place and Menard and stole a TV set. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 24-year-old man, when he returned from vacation at 12:15 p.m. Thursday, July 30.

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Burglars entered a house near 60th and Komensky and stole assorted jewelry, a TV, a BB gun and a leaf blower. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 56-year-old woman, at 7 p.m. Monday, July 20. Police said they saw no sign of forced entry.

A 28-year-old West Lawn man told police that a burglar entered the back window of his home near 62nd and Tripp at 7:15 a.m. Wednesday, July 22. The victim and his wife woke up when the burglar opened their bedroom door. Upon seeing them, the suspect fled on foot. Nothing appeared to be stolen, the victim told police. The offender was described as a Hispanic man age 21-28, 6-foot-1 and 190 pounds, wearing a blue hoody and red jeans.

Burglars entered an unlocked garage near 57th Place and Lawndale and stole assorted tools. The crime was discovered by the 22-year-old daughter of the victim, a 44-year-old man, at 1:45 a.m. Tuesday, July 21. The woman told police she saw two offenders speed away in a black four-door Cadillac sedan. The burglars were described only as white men age 35-45, one 6-foot-1 and the other 5-foot-8.

A 53-year-old West Elsdon man told police that burglars forced open the back door of his apartment near 56th and Kolmar and stole a TV, a video game console and a cell phone. He discovered the crime when he came home from work at 12:45 p.m. Wednesday, July 22.


A 34-year-old Burbank man was charged with aggravated assault after he allegedly swung his fists at police officers during an incident near 56th and New England at 1:22 a.m. Tuesday, July 21. Justin M. Gonzalez was tasered by police after he allegedly tried punching them. Police responding to a 911 call of a man lying in the grass in front of 5554 S. New England said they found Gonzalez asleep. He allegedly told them, "F~ck off" when they tried to wake him up and then reportedly became belligerent when they persisted. He was taken into custody, and the CPD incident report did not contain a court date.

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