Friday, November 11, 2016

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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Cops chase, catch 2--charge them with criminal trespass
Two men are set to appear in Cook County Circuit Court at 51st and Wentworth on
December 13, charged with misdemeanor criminal trespass to land after they were chased and captured by police just after 10 a.m. Friday, October 21.

Donald D. Woods, 27, of the 7500 block of South Eggleston, and Akeem Gardner, 26, of the 8400 block of South Kenneth, were allegedly seen by police inside a home in the 5200 block of South Mobile. When they saw police, they ran away, police said, and were caught at 54th and Mulligan. Police said they were alerted to the situation by a witness who flagged them down to report two suspicious men in a gangway. Both Woods and Gardner are documented gang members, police added.
Donald D. Woods
Akeem Gardner

Man shot to death in his car
A 36-year-old West Elsdon man was shot to death as he sat in his vehicle, parked near his home in the 5600 block of South Kolmar at 12:29 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 6.

Luis O. Villa was found slumped over the front center console of his vehicle, shot three times in the left torso. He was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

A 28-year-old Chicago Lawn woman in the car with Villa told police they had just pulled up after buying gas at a Bedford Park station at 65th and Narragansett. She said she heard four gunshots as Villa told her he was shot and slumped towards her. There was no description of the gunman.

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Want to work directly with Chicago Police to prevent crime in your neighborhood? If you live in Beat 811 (see map), come to Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 15 and attend your monthly CAPS meeting. 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.

Tow truck driver shot near Dunkin’ Donuts
A 36-year-old Chicago Ridge man was shot in the stomach as he stood in a parking lot in front of the Dunkin’ Donuts at 5448 S. Pulaski at 2:44 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 6. The victim, a tow truck driver, told police he was standing in the lot, talking with three other tow truck drivers, when shots rang out from the alley immediately west. All four men dove for cover. The victim was the only one hit. He was transported via CFD ambulance to Advocate Christ Medical Center, where he was listed in stable condition. Police recovered shell casings from the alley. There was no description of the shooter. Police said the victim is a gang member.

Man accused of trying to rob McDonald’s
A man listed in a police report only as John Doe was taken into custody by police after he allegedly tried to rob the McDonald’s at 5253 S. Pulaski at 5:58 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1. A 36-year-old cashier told police that the man walked up to the counter and said, “Give me all your money. I’m not playing.” She responded with a refusal, saying, “No, I’m calling the police.” The man then left the restaurant. A short time later, a man matching the description of the robber—Doe—was taken into custody at 55th and Pulaski. He was brought back to McDonald’s, where he was positively identified by the cashier. He is set to appear in court at 51st and Wentworth at Dec. 16.

Suburban man robbed on Pulaski
A 30-year-old Palos Heights man told police he was robbed at gunpoint as he and a friend—a 36-year-old Alsip man—stood at a CTA bus stop at 7912 S. Pulaski at 11:20 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1. The victim told police that a light gray Buick sedan pulled up. Two of the four men inside got out, and one flashed a chrome pistol, asking, “What you got?” The victim said he surrendered $70 cash, and the robbers sped away east on 79th Street. The four suspects were described as black men age 20-30.

Carjacker had an AK-47, victim says
A 23-year-old West Lawn man was robbed and carjacked at gunpoint just before he got into his car at 65th and Hamlin at 1:10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2. The victim told police that a bandit armed with what appeared to be an AK-47 jumped out of a black car and ordered him to drop his car keys and wallet. The victim complied, and the bandit jumped in his 2012 Nissan Altima and sped away. The gunman was described as a black man about 5-foot-11 and 190 pounds. Descriptions of the two accomplices were more vague.

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Want to work directly with Chicago Police to prevent crime in your neighborhood? If you live in Beats 823 or 825 (see map), come to the Eighth District Police Station at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 16 and attend your monthly CAPS meeting. 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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Carjacker had assault rifle, victim says
A 24-year-old Scottsdale man was robbed and carjacked at gunpoint as he pulled up at his home in the 8500 block of South Karlov at 2:27 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2. The victim told police that two men walked up to his vehicle, with one brandishing what appeared to be an assault rifle and ordering him out of the car. The victim complied and handed over his wallet and cell phone. The robbers took $20 cash from the wallet and then threw it to the ground. They also threw back his phone, saying, “You can have your sh~tty phone back.” One robber encouraged the other to shoot the victim on the spot, but the two instead jumped in the victim’s car, a 2015 Ford Focus, and sped away north on Karlov. The victim’s vehicle contained a Craftsman bag filled with tools, work clothes and boots. The robbers were described only as black man. One hid his face with a white plastic ski mask.

Reputed gang member stole tires, police say
A 39-year-old Chicago Lawn man was charged with burglary after he and an
Ulises Moreno
accomplice allegedly entered a garage in the 3900 block of West 83rd Street at 2:44 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2 and stole two tires. Ulises Moreno, of the 3200 block of West 63rd Place, was apprehended several blocks north of the garage, near Hayford and Lawndale after police chased his pickup truck and then pursued him on foot after he bailed out, according to the police report. The other man in the truck eluded police. Moreno is a gang member, police added.

Burglars steal $1,300 from restaurant
Burglars pried open the back door of the Camaron Vaquaro restaurant, 6242 S. Pulaski, and stole about $1,300 cash. The crime was discovered by an employee, a 37-year-old woman, who arrived on site at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1. She told police that the restaurant had been locked at 10 p.m. the previous night.


No loot for restaurant burglar
A burglar left a fast-food restaurant empty handed after he smashed open a cash register, only to find no money inside. The crime occurred at about 12:15 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2 at Krispy’s Seafood & Chicken, 8255 S. Kedzie. Video surveillance footage showed that the burglar entered the premises by smashing the front-door-glass. The burglar was described as a black man age 25-35, 5-foot-9 and 180 pounds, with brown eyes, black hair and a medium complexion.

Burger King hit by burglar with BK cap
A burglar walked through the front entrance of the Burger King at Southwest Highway and Kedzie and stole more than $950 cash. The crime was discovered by an employee—a 47-year-old Chicago Lawn woman—when she arrived to open up for the day at 5 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2. She found the front doors unlocked, and then locked them and called a manager, who called 911. Video surveillance footage showed that the crime occurred at 3:40 a.m. The burglar walked through front doors that appeared unlocked and ransacked the premises. He was described as a black man wearing a black Burger King baseball cap, a dark blue jacket and black pants.

Jewelry, cash swiped from home on Kolin
Burglars forced their way into a home in the 4800 block of South Kolin and stole assorted gold jewelry and about $100 cash. The crime was discovered by the 54-year-old victims, a husband and wife, at 10:20 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5.

Bloody boot print at burglarized pro shop
Burglars smashed the front window of the golf pro shop at Marquette Park, 6700 S. Kedzie, and entered—although an employee told police it was initially unclear what, if anything, had been stolen. The burglar cut himself while smashing the glass, a bloody boot print was found inside the shop.

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