Wednesday, October 11, 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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Bridgeview man dies after shooting on 79th Street
A 34-year-old man from suburban Bridgeview died at about 6:15 a.m. Monday, Oct. 9, five hours after police found him, shot in the abdomen, inside a vehicle in the 4300 block of West 79th Street. Adam "Wiggins" Furtick was found by police responding to a "shots fired" call. He was transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center. Police gave no other indication of what occurred, but a law enforcement source said that Furtick may have been the victim of a road rage dispute that began near 79th and Pulaski. No one is in custody, and CPD Area Central detectives are investigating. A GoFundMe page to pay for his funeral expenses can be found here:

Reputed gang member shoots self in leg
An 18-year-old man said by a law enforcement source to be a documented gang member accidentally shot himself in the right thigh as he sat in a vehicle parked in the 3900 block of West 69th Place at 7:33 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6. The man was transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center, where he was listed in stable condition.

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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, October 12 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.

Charge Glen Ellyn man with drug rap in Clearing
A 21-year-old man from suburban Glen Ellyn was arrested and charged with narcotics
Robert C. Nelson
possession by police responding to a 911 call at 10:37 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26. Robert C. Nelson, of the 300 block of Ash Lane, was taken into custody after police reportedly spotted a Mason jar containing suspect cannabis and suspect ecstasy pills near the driver’s seat of his 2002 Jeep Patriot, parked in front of 6013 S. Austin. A 19-year-old Glen Ellyn woman with Nelson was released without being charged.

Beaten with baseball bat during money argument
A 55-year-old West Lawn man arguing over money with a friend was beaten with a baseball bat in his kitchen, in the 3900 block of West 64th Place at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 2. The victim told police that his friend, a 53-year-old man, used the bat to hit him in the head and back before fleeing. The victim, cut on the head, was taken to Holy Cross Hospital, where he was treated and released. The offender remains at large.

Dollar Tree robbed at gunpoint
Two armed thugs robbed the Dollar Tree store at 5101 S. Cicero at 10:06 a.m. Friday, Oct. 6. A 20-year-old cashier told police she saw one of the men initially posed as a job applicant and then left the store. A second bandit then entered and asked for the manager. When he encountered the manager he said, “My brother’s in front with your girl. You do anything stupid, and he’ll blow her head off.” The robbers then took about $600 cash from the store’s safe and a cash register before speeding away in a white Chevy van. One thug was described as a black man age 20-25, about 5-foot-9 and 140 pounds, with brown eyes, black hair and a dark complexion. He wore a black hoody and blue jeans. The other bandit was described as a black man age 30-35, about 5-foot-11 and 200 pounds, with black hair in dreadlocks. He wore a gray hoody and black pants.

Takes out trash, robbed at gunpoint
A 30-year-old man was robbed at gunpoint as he took out the trash behind his apartment in the 5400 block of South Archer at 4:50 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3. The victim told police that the offender came up behind him, held what felt like a gun to his back and asked, “What the f~ck you got in your pockets?” The thug then took $20 cash from the victim’s pocket and ran away west down the alley. He was described as a Hispanic man age 28-32, about 6-foot-1 and 180 pounds.

Suburban man flees gunman on Kilbourn
A 37-year-old Country Club Hills man told police that two men threatened him as he got into his vehicle near 59th and Kilbourn at 10:50 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4. The victim said that one of the two men was armed with a pistol and asked, “What up now, cuz?” The victim sped away north several blocks and called police. The CPD incident report did not include a description of the offenders.

Naperville woman hit with hot coffee in spat
A 50-year-old Naperville woman refused medical treatment after a man threw a hot cup of coffee on her during an argument in a bank parking lot at 6400 S. Pulaski at 11:35 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 7. The victim told police that a man hollered at her for parking too close to his vehicle and said, “I hope you die, you b~tch” and “I’m going to wait until your man comes out and f~ck him up.” As the offender sped away, he flung the coffee, hitting the victim and her vehicle. The offender was described as a dark-skinned Hispanic man with brown eyes and short black hair.


Thief swipes food truck from El Patron
A thief stole a white-and-red food truck belonging to El PatrĂ³n restaurant, 6836 W. Archer, from behind the Garfield Ridge eatery. The crime was discovered by the restaurant’s owner at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4. She told police that the vehicle was last seen in the parking lot at 10 p.m. the previous night. The vehicle bears the restaurant’s name and includes human skull images in pink.

Big haul in Kilpatrick home burglary
Burglars forced open a window of a house in the 4800 block of South Kilpatrick and stole about $40,000 worth of Louis Vuitton purses, $30,000 in jewelry, $4,000 cash and various computers, computer games and electronic communications devices—according to the victim, a 44-year-old man. The crime was discovered at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3 by a babysitter arriving at the home.

Dodge Charger stolen, torched near railroad tracks
A blue Dodge Charger stolen from the 6000 block of West 64th Place was found ablaze on Belt Railway property near 6104 W. 60th St. at 5 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3. Both license plates were missing, and police said they found what appeared to be a bottle of gasoline or similar flammable liquid on the car’s floor.

Burglars take lawnmower from Lawler garage
Burglars broke into a garage in the 4700 block of South Lawler and stole a lawnmower. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 33-year-old Westmont man, at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3.

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