Monday, April 24, 2017

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 the western section of the district. 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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CPD sergeant saves life of shooting victim
An 18-year-old West Lawn man was shot in the left thigh as he walked down the street in front of 6141 S. Hamlin at 10:01 p.m. Tuesday, April 18. The victim told police that two thugs shouted a gang slogan and fired four shots at him before fleeing.

The victim was found bleeding excessively, police said, adding in a statement that “a friend of the victim was desperately attempting to slow the bleeding by use of a sweatshirt” when a CPD sergeant “intervened and applied a tourniquet. The sergeant's quick action effectively inhibited blood loss until Chicago Fire Department personnel arrived.”

The victim was transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center, where he was listed in stable condition. CPD declined to name the sergeant, but noted that she is a 25-year veteran of the force and currently works the third watch in the Chicago Lawn (8th) District and has Law Enforcement Medical and Rescue Training (LEMART).

Bridgeport men beaten after Archer bar argument
An argument that reportedly started at a Garfield Ridge bar turned into a fight that ended several blocks away at 4:09 a.m. Wednesday, April 19.

Police responding to a “person down” call to a parking lot at 5301 S. Harlem said they found two Bridgeport men—ages 24 and 28—lying on the pavement. The 28-year-old had been beaten and the other man had broken bones after being hit by a vehicle on Harlem Avenue as he tried to run away from the attackers.

A 23-year-old Bridgeport woman with the two men told police that the bar’s manager knows the offenders—who sped away in a white Cadillac--and could provide their names. A witness—a 28-year-old Cicero man who was driving by on his way to work—described the attackers as four or five Hispanic men armed with bottles or baseball bats. Both victims were transported by CFD ambulance to Loyola University Medical Center.

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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, April 25 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.

Beggar threatens cabbie at Dunkin’ Donuts
A cab driver was threatened by a beggar as he parked his cab and walked toward the Dunkin’ Donuts at 4657 S. Cicero at 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 21.

The victim, a 33-year-old Oak Forest man, told police that after he turned down the beggar’s request for money, he pulled out two knives—one in each hand—and said, “B~tch, I’ll kill you.” The offender also claimed to have a gun, which the victim did not see. The victim threatened to call police and took a cell-phone photo of the offender before leaving.

Later in the day, the victim returned to Dunkin’ Donuts. While inside, a witness told the cab driver that a man had just used a knife to puncture a tire on his SUV. The victim shared his cell-phone photo with police, who said the suspect is a 31-year-old Hearst area man, from the 4600 block of South Leamington. The suspect remains at large.

Robbery victims end foot chase after shots fired
A 21-year-old Clearing man and an 18-year-old Justice man were robbed at gunpoint as they sat in a car parked in the alley behind 6104 West 63rd Place at 10 p.m. Thursday, April 20.

The victims told police that two teenage boys walked up, one pulled a handgun and demanded their belongings. The victims surrendered two cell phones and a wallet containing a bank card and $500 cash, they told police.

After they were robbed, the victims chased the offenders on foot to 63rd Place and Melvina, where one of the robbers fired two warning shots in the air, causing the victims to break off the chase. The robbers were described as Hispanic boys age 14-17, about 5-foot-4. One wore a gray hoody and tan pants, and had either braces or a retainer on his teeth.

Visiting friend, robbed and carjacked
A 24-year-old Scottsdale man was robbed at gunpoint just after he got out of his SUV to visit a friend in the 4100 block of West 80th Place at 10:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 19.

The victim told police that as many as six men converged on him. One pulled a gun and said, “Give me everything.” The victim handed over a cell phone. The others searched his pockets and took his vehicle’s keys. They piled in and sped away east on 80th Place. They were described only as black boys or men age 16-20, wearing dark clothing.

Garage on Kilpatrick burglarized
Burglars smashed the side window of a garage in the 5000 block of South Kilpatrick and stole a power saw, an air compressor, a snow blower, an aluminum-bending machine and assorted other tools. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 28-year-old woman, at 10 a.m. Friday, April 21.

Tools, tents taken from storage unit
Burglars entered a storage unit at 4222 S. Pulaski and stole assorted power tools and two sleeping tents. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 29-year-old Chicago Lawn woman, at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 19. She told police there was no sign of forced entry at the unit, which she had not checked since April 1.


Babysitter’s away, burglars kick in back door
Burglars kicked in the back door of a home in the 4400 block of South Karlov and stole a TV, a cell phone, $150 cash and assorted jewelry. The crime was discovered by a babysitter, a 56-year-old Lemont woman, when she returned to the dwelling at about 5 p.m.—four hours after she had left with the victim’s two children to run errands. The victim, a 37-year-old woman, said her home does have a security system, but it was not armed on the day of the crime.

Bikes, speakers, tools swiped from garage
Burglars forced open the overhead door of a garage in the 5400 block of South Kostner and stole two bicycles, a snow blower, a lawn mower, a lawn edger, two car speakers, a generator and assorted power tools. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 41-year-old woman, at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 19.

(Editor's note: 64th and Rockwell is considerably east of the Southwest Chicago Post's coverage area, but we include the incident report below, if only to illustrate the abuse that police on the front lines get from citizens, all too often.) 

Charge teen with weapons violation after foot chase
A 17-year-old Chicago Lawn boy was taken into custody on a gun charge after police chased him into an apartment building at 6352 S. Rockwell at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 20. Police on patrol said they spotted the teen walking down the street, adjusting his waistband as if to conceal something. He ran into the apartment building and ignored numerous commands to stop, police said, who added that they saw a handgun sticking out of his waistband. During the pursuit in the building, a number of residents emerged to scream and curse at police, officers said. The suspect them emerged from a basement bedroom, reportedly hollering, “What the f~ck you stopping me for?” Police took the teen into custody and recovered a loaded pistol that they said had been ditched out a bedroom window. The teen was taken to the Chicago Lawn (8th) District station for processing.

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