Wednesday, August 9, 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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No charges against Clearing woman who reportedly shot, killed boyfriend
A Clearing woman who allegedly shot and killed her 33-year-old boyfriend Sunday morning was released from custody after the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office decided not to press charges. A request for comment from the State’s Attorney’s Office was not answered earlier this week. In what police described as a “domestic altercation” at a home in the 6900 block of West 65th Street, the 30 year-old woman had reportedly been battered by her boyfriend, Damien Hernandez. At 5:18 a.m. she pulled a handgun and fired at Hernandez, hitting him three times, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Woman used beer bottle to slash lost tourist, police say
A 26-year-old Back of the Yards woman has been charged with battery after she and another woman allegedly used a broken beer bottle to slash another woman in the forehead during a struggle at the mouth of an alley near 70th and Springfield at 5:10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5. Latisha L. Reyna, of the 4700 block of South Winchester, was taken into custody by police who said she matched a description offered by the victim, a 46-year-old woman from Oshkosh, Wis. The victim told police that she and her boyfriend were driving around, lost, and asked Reyna and another woman for directions. She said that Reyna and the other woman asked them to get out of the vehicle and come with them to get a map. The victim also said that Reyna and the other woman tried to rob her, but fled when she pulled a knife. Police said she declined to sign a complaint relating to armed robbery, but did regarding battery. She was treated at the scene by CPD paramedics for a cut on her forehead.

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Want to work directly with Chicago Police to prevent crime in your neighborhood? If you live in Beat 814 (see map), come to Vittum Park at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, August 10 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.

Illegal immigrant charged with robberies
The FBI announced this week it has indicted an illegal immigrant they say committed six robberies in the city and suburbs, including one on Dec. 26 at El Chisme Express, 5955 S. Pulaski, and another on Dec. 27 at Taqueria Los Gallos, 4252 S. Archer. Jose Cruz Morales-Cortes, 45, whose last known address was in Gary, Ind., also was charged with being in the U.S. without permission from the Department of Homeland Security. FBI officials added that he had already been deported twice from the U.S.—in March 2004 and again in August 2016.

Robbed and carjacked at motel
A 56-year-old man told police he was robbed and carjacked at gunpoint in the parking lot of the Saratoga Motel, 7701 S. Cicero, at 1:15 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 6. The victim said that a thug walked up, waved a handgun and said, “Give me all your stuff.” After the victim handed over his wallet and cellphone, the bandit pushed him and stole his 2011 Infinity auto. The police report contained no significant description of the offender.

Knife to his back, man hands over wallet
A 38-year-old West Elsdon man was robbed at knifepoint as he approached his car near 57th and Lawndale at 4:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 4. The victim told police that two thugs approached from behind, and one held a knife to his back. The victim handed over his wallet and an undisclosed amount of cash, and the robbers ran away. They were described as black men. One was about 5-foot-7 and 180 pounds, with short black hair and a dark complexion. Both robbers wore dark-colored clothes.

Pizza driver robbed by armed trio
A 39-year-old Berwyn man delivering food for Pizza Nova, 3836 W. 79th St., was robbed at gunpoint as he made a delivery in the 3500 block of West 77th Place at 11:10 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 2. The victim told police that as he walked up to the front porch of a home, three thugs approached. One put a gun to his mouth and ordered him to put his hands on the porch steps. A second robber held a gun to his back, while a third went through his pockets, taking his wallet and two cellphones. They took about $200 cash, as well as a food order that included pizza and chicken wings. The robbers then fled south through a nearby gangway. The victim then drove back to Pizza Nova and called 911. The robbers were described as black men age 18-22, about 6-foot-1 and 170 pounds, wearing dark-colored clothes.

Woman pushed, robbed of gold chain
A 65-year-old Garfield Ridge woman was pushed to the ground and robbed of a gold chain around her neck as she walked down a sidewalk in the 5200 block of South Central at 6:20 p.m. Friday, Aug. 4. The victim described the robber as a Hispanic man wearing a brown hoody and brown pants. He was last seen running away south. The victim refused medical attention, police said.

Woman pushed, robbed of purse
A 28-year-old Clearing woman told police she was pushed to the ground and robbed of her pink Coach purse as she walked east on 63rd Street at Austin, at about 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 4.  The purse contained about $300 cash, as well as a debit card and other items, the victim said. The robber was described as a black man age 20-30, about 5-foot-9 and 275 pounds, with a dark complexion and black hair in a fade. He was last seen running east on 63rd Street and then north on Mason.


Taco restaurant burglarized
Burglars broke through a side door at Zacatacos Express, 5926 S. Pulaski, and stole about $200 from a cash register. The crime occurred at about 1 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 5 and was discovered by police responding to an alarm.

Flower shop burglarized
A burglar used a wrench to break the lock on the front door of Bud’s Flower Shop, 4011 W. 63rd St., enter and steal about $300 from a cash register. The crime occurred at 4:38 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 5 and was discovered by the owner, who told police that video surveillance indicated that the burglar was a black man age 40-55, wearing gloves. No other description was offered.

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The Scottsdale Neighborhood Watch will present a self-defense workshop at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, August 19 at Scottsdale Park, 4637 W. 83rd Street.

Leading this important and useful session is the One Light self-defense team. Check them out at:

To participate in the workshop, you need to email the Scottsdale Neighborhood Watch at with name and number of participants.

Each participant is required to sign a waiver form. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated to help One Light's ongoing efforts to bring self-defense skills to people around the world. For further information, call the SNW at (312) 539-4169.

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Flower shop burglarized
The owner of Petals From Heaven, 5708 S. Pulaski, reported that her flower shop was burglarized in the early morning hours of Saturday, Aug. 5. She told police that someone forced open the front door and stole $67 from a cash register.

Tent taken from garage
Burglars pried open the service door of a garage in the 3900 block of West 69th Place and stole a camping tent. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 42-year-old man, at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 5.

Radio, stereo swiped from garage
Burglars forced open the service door of a garage in the 8100 block of South Kolmar and stole a radio and a stereo system with speakers. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 46-year-old woman, just after 5 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 2.

Tire iron, car jack and more stolen from garage
Burglars forced open the service door of a garage in the 5100 block of South New England and stole a toolbox, a tire iron, a car jack and two batteries for a cordless weed trimmer. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 35-year-old woman, at noon Wednesday, Aug. 2.

No sign of forced entry in Ridgeway burglary
Burglars entered a garage in the 5000 block of South Ridgeway and stole a lawn mower. The crime was discovered by the victim, an 82-year-old woman, at 5:50 a.m. Friday, Aug. 4. There was no sign of forced entry, police said.

Burglars take Xboxes from home
Burglars forced open the back door of a home in the 4900 block of South Keating and stole two Xbox video game consoles. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 30-year-old man, at 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 4.

Laptop computers taken from home
Burglars entered the back window of a home in the 5200 block of South Harding and stole two laptop computers. The crime was reported by a 24-year-old man, the son of the victim, a 50-year-old woman, at 8:05 p.m. Friday, Aug. 4.

Neighbor alerts senior citizen to garage break-in
Burglars forced open the service door of a garage in the 5500 block of South Mason and stole a toolbox, a snow blower, a leaf blower and a generator. The crime was reported by the victim, a 67-year-old woman who told police that a neighbor alerted her to the crime at about 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 5.

Drug abuse reported at vacant home
A 42-year-old Garfield Ridge woman reported that someone broke into a vacant house she owns in the 5600 block of South Neenah. She told police that she discovered traces of drug paraphernalia in the house, but that nothing appeared to be stolen. She added that she has replaced broken windows several times at the dwelling.

Brighton Park man busted on cocaine rap in Clearing
A 24-year-old Brighton Park man has been charged with possession of cocaine after police
Mark Martinez
reportedly found 53 small bags of cocaine on him during a stop in the 6200 block of South Mayfield on at 9:23 p.m. Friday, July 14. Mark Martinez, of the 3100 block of West 44th Street, was searched and arrested after police on patrol in the area immediately around the St. Symphorosa Parish carnival said they spotted his car. The bags reportedly contained a total of 31 grams with a street value of $3,800.There was no indication that the arrest was in any way connected with the carnival, which police said was essentially incident-free. The arrest was touted as a "success story" by police at the CAPS Beat 812 meeting on Wednesday, August 9.

Back from vacation, finds garage burglarized
A 66-year-old Garfield Ridge man returned from vacation on July 27 to find that his garage in the 5300 block of South Natchez had been burglarized. The victim reported the crime a week later and said that missing were a leaf blower, a grass edger and a hedge trimmer. He said he believes that his overhead door had been opened by burglars who manipulated a rope that secures it.

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