Monday, January 15, 2018

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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Vittum Park man charged with murder
A 19-year-old Vittum Park man is due in bond court today to answer charges that he shot
Lewis Pelayo Jr.
and killed a 28-year-old Chicago Lawn man during an argument at a gas station in the 4900 bock of South Cicero at 5:34 a.m. Thursday, January 11.

Lewis Pelayo Jr., of the 5000 block of South Leamington, is charged with one felony count of first-degree murder, two felony counts of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon/Veh/Fir Loaded/No FOID, one felony count of possession of a controlled substance, one felony count of possession of cannabis and three misdemeanor counts of resisting/obstructing a peace officer.

A law enforcement source said that Pelayo confessed to the crime and that police recovered two guns from him during a traffic stop near 5687 S. Archer at about 3:30 p.m. Friday, January 12.

The victim, said by a law enforcement source to be a documented gangbanger, is Miguel Islas, of the 6100 block of South Washtenaw. He was shot 6-7 times, police said, and was dead on arrival at a local hospital.

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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, 5550 S. Merrimac, at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 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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Woman robbed at gunpoint on 59th Street
A 53-year-old Chicago Lawn woman was robbed at gunpoint as she walked west down a sidewalk in front of 4532 W. 59th St. at 6:05 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 13. The victim told police a thug walked up, waved a pistol and demanded cash and her cellphone. He also threatened to shoot her if she was not quick. The victim surrendered her backpack, which contained her wallet, cellphone, $20 cash and other items. The robber then ran away north on Kolmar. He was described as a black man age 22-26, about 5-foot-9 and 145 pounds, wearing black pants and a black jacket with white lettering on the right front.

7-Eleven manager fights off robber
A 44-year-old manager of the 7-Eleven at 4353 W. 55th St. successfully fought off a robber who invaded his office at about 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10. The victim told police that a criminal armed with a screwdriver tried to choke him. They struggled for about 30 seconds, and then the robber fled with an accomplice who was acting as a lookout. They ran away west, and the robber dropped the screwdriver on the ground. The lookout reportedly stole a cellphone belonging to the convenience store. The offenders were described as black men. One was 48-52 years old, about 5-foot-11 and 180 pounds, with a dark complexion. He wore a black sweater, blue jeans and a black skull cap. The other was 26-30 years of age, about 5-foot-11 and 180 pounds, with a dark complexion. He wore a black jacket, blue jeans and a gray skull cap.

Thug robs bakery
An armed bandit robbed Dunajec Bakery, 5060 S. Archer, at 3:20 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10. Both a clerk and a witness—two 21-year-old women--told police that the robber initially posed as a customer before he pulled a gun and demanded that the cash register be opened. The clerk complied and surrendered about $200 cash. He then demanded the personal belongings of the two women. When they refused, he ran away north on Kedvale. He was described as a black man age 30-39, about 6-foot-1 and 180 pounds, with a light complexion. He wore a bright green safety vest, black overalls, a black ski mask, black gloves and a black ski cap. A law enforcement source said the robber may be the same thug who robbed a store at 4124 W. 47th St. on Dec. 23.

Bust man--again--for threatening others
A 32-year-old Hearst area man with a history of arrests for assault was apprehended at
Jeffery Bedenfield
9:31 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 13 after he allegedly used a knife to threaten a customer and staff at Dunkin’ Donuts, 4649 S. Cicero. Jeffery S. Bedenfield, of the 4600 block of South Leamington, was stopped by police as he walked west on 46th Street from Cicero. They said they found a knife with a seven-inch blade inside his hoody pocket. The customer he allegedly threatened was gone from the scene, but the Dunkin’ Donuts manager, who told police that Bedenfield has been a problem in the past at the shop, signed a complaint. He was arrested at the same Dunkin' Donuts on Nov. 6 on a similar charge. He is due in court at 51st and Wentworth on March 15.

Thug uses stick to rob woman
A 43-year-old West Lawn woman was robbed as she stood on a sidewalk in the 3700 block of West 64th Street at 12:10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 12. The victim told police that a criminal drove up in a small white vehicle, got out and threatened her with a stick. She surrendered her purse—which included $120 cash—when the robber raised his arm and appeared to be about to hit her. He then drove away east on 64th Street. The thug was described as a Hispanic man about 5-foot-9, wearing a black skull cap, a black ski mask and a black jacket.

Rehabbers robbed at gunpoint
Three rehabbers working on a vacant home in the 5500 block of South Keeler were robbed at gunpoint at 2:20 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12. The victims—a 56-year-old Wheeling man, a 50-year-old Streamwood man and a 26-year-old Chicago Lawn man—were ordered to lie on the kitchen floor, which they did. The robber then went through their pockets and took their wallets, cellphones, a backpack, a set of earrings and other items. The robber than fled the premises. The thug was described as a black man age 25-30, about 6-foot-1 and 200 pounds, with brown eyes, black hair and a medium complexion. He wore a dark hoody and light-colored pants.

Man robbed behind building
A 53-year-old Lombard man was robbed at gunpoint as he stood in a parking lot behind a building in the 5200 block of South Keeler at 8:40 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10. The victim told police that a masked thug walked up, put a small revolver to the victim’s head and demanded his belongings. The victim surrendered his cellphone, and the robber fled to a waiting gray Jeep Grand Cherokee, which sped away. The gunman was described only as a black man.

Business owner robbed in vacant lot
A 46-year-old Brighton Park man was robbed at gunpoint as he walked through a vacant lot at 2547 W. 63rd St. at 4:20 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9. An owner of a nearby business, the victim told police he was walking back to his shop from a nearby store when he was accosted by a gunman who said, “Give me your f~ckin’ wallet or I’ll kill ya.” The victim surrendered his wallet—which reportedly contained $200 cash—and the robber ran west on 63rd Street. The thug was described as a black man age 18, about 5-foot-9 and 150 pounds, with brown eyes, short black hair and a medium complexion. He wore a black ski cap, a black jacket and black pants.


Roughed up while relieving himself
A 47-year-old Back of the Yards man was robbed at gunpoint in an alley behind 7032 W. 63rd St. at 6:55 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9. The victim told police he had been waiting for a CTA bus, but walked to the alley to urinate. He said he was then accosted by two men who asked him what he was doing. He said he apologized to the two men, but one put what felt like a gun to the back of his head. The other went through his pockets, and his wallet fell out. The wallet contained $6 cash, and the robber threw it back at him. They both fled in a waiting vehicle. One robber was described as 5-foot-10 and 185 pounds, wearing a black mask and a black hoody. The other was described as 6-foot-2 and 225 pounds, wearing a gray hoody with red letters.

Thug with box cutter robs teen
A 19-year-old West Lawn man was robbed as he walked down a sidewalk in front of 5400 S. Hamlin at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9. The victim told police that a man walked up and asked, “What you is?” He then waved a box cutter and said, “Give me all your sh~t.” The robber then snatched the victim’s bookbag and made him unlock his cellphone. The offender then fled with the victim’s belongings into a vehicle, which sped away. The robber was described only as a white man. There was no description of the vehicle.

Guns, cash swiped from Clearing home
Burglars forced open the sliding glass door of a home in the 6400 block of South Laporte and reportedly stole two handguns and $7,150 cash. The crime was discovered by one of the victims, a 47-year-old man, at 3:20 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10.

House for sale broken into
Burglars broke into a home in the 5300 block of South Kenneth, damaged some appliances and tampered with a burglar alarm but apparently failed to steal anything. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 45-year-old man, at 9:20 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10. The victim became aware of a problem when a real estate agent trying to show the home to prospective buyers was unable to get inside.

Homeowner thwarts garage burglar
Burglars fled empty-handed after a 59-year-old West Elsdon man struggled with one of them at his garage in the 5100 block of South Lawndale at 1:20 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11. Alerted by his sister that a man was trying to break into the garage, the victim ran outside and struggled with the burglar, who had already broken in. He opened the overhead door and fled to a waiting vehicle, which then sped away north through the alley. The burglar was described as a Hispanic man in his late 20s, about 5-foot-6 and 155 pounds, with facial hair and all black clothing.

Storage unit looted
A 33-year-old Archer Heights man visiting his rented storage unit at 4225 S. Pulaski on Saturday, Jan. 6—after a five-month absence—said that a number of his belongings were missing, including two laptop computers and a variety of disc jockey equipment including microphones, speakers, projectors and lights. The police report did not indicate if there was any sign of forced entry. 

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