Wednesday, January 24, 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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Reputed gang member shot in head, killed
A 28-year-old man said by police to be a documented gangbanger was shot to death as he drove a car at 59th and Springfield at about 2 a.m. Monday, Jan. 22. Thomas Hernandez was found at the wheel of a red Chrysler PT Cruiser, with several gunshot wounds to the head. The vehicle had crashed into a parked vehicle, police added. Hernandez was pronounced dead at the scene. No one is in custody, and detectives are investigating. Authorities did not say where Hernandez lived.

Pedestrian, struck killed by hit-and-run driver
Police continue to investigate a hit-and-run crash that killed a 50-year-old West Side man in the 8500 block of South Cicero at about 9:45 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20. The victim was identified as James D. Hughes, of the 1600 block of West LeMoyne. Autopsy results are still not available from the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office. Police have not shared a description of the offender’s vehicle.

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Want to work directly with Chicago Police to prevent crime in your neighborhood? If you live in Beat 834 (see map), come to Bogan High School, 3939 W. 79th St., at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, February 1 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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Bust teen on probation for Gage Park shooting
A 17-year-old boy has been charged with attempted murder, aggravated battery and attempted robbery after he allegedly shot a man in the neck at about 11:45 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 21 in the 5700 block of South Mozart. The victim was transported to Stroger Hospital, where he was listed in good condition. The teen, a Chicago Lawn resident, reportedly shot the victim when the victim refused his demand of valuables and tried to push the gun away. The teen was apprehended after a brief pursuit by police. Prosecutors said that officers recovered a handgun and a magazine with four live rounds after he was caught, according to a published report. The shooting was captured on video surveillance, police added, and the victim reportedly made a positive ID of the offender. According to a published report, the suspect was on probation for a robbery committed last year. He is due back in court on Feb. 9.

Gunman throws woman to floor, robs store
A thug robbed Boost Mobile, 8337 S. Pulaski, at 10:45 a.m. Monday, Jan. 15, making off with two iPhones. A store manager told police that the robber initially posed as a customer. When she went to the stock room to retrieve a phone he asked about, he followed—throwing her to the floor and taking the phone she had just retrieved. When he threatened to beat her if she did not give him more phones, she began to cry and say she is pregnant. The robber then ran out of the store, grabbing a second iPhone on his way out. The thug was described as a black man age 18-22, about 5-foot-9 and 160 pounds, with brown eyes and a medium complexion. He wore a baseball cap with a light-colored brim, a green bomber-style jacket, a blue hoody and blue jogging pants.

Armed robber makes cashier lie on floor
An armed thug robbed Las Rosas grocery store, 4302 W. 55th St., making off with $150 cash. A cashier at the store—a 57-year-old Chicago Lawn woman—told police that the gunman walked in at 2:10 p.m. Monday, Jan. 15, waved a pistol partially concealed in plastic and demanded cash from the register. After she complied, he ordered her to lie on the floor, which she did. He then fled the store. The thug was described as a black man about 5-foot-11 and 170 pounds. He wore a green construction vest, a mask concealing part of his face, dark clothing and gloves.

Threatened with death unless he gives password
A 45-year-old Chicago Lawn man was robbed at gunpoint as he worked on his vehicle on the street in the 6400 block of South Fairfield at 8:25 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 20. The victim told police that two men walked up from behind. One pointed a pistol at his chest and said, “Give me all your stuff.” The other went through his pockets, taking his cellphone and debit card. Referring to the debit card, the robber with the gun said, “If you don’t give me the password, I’ll f~cking kill you.” He also told the criminals he did not know the password to unlock the phone. They then ran away north on Fairfield and east on 64th Street. The thugs were described as black men age 18-23, about 5-foot-11 and 170 pounds, with medium complexions. Both wore hoodies and black jeans.

Shopper robbed in ALDI parking lot
A 35-year-old Gage Park man was robbed at gunpoint in the parking lot of ALDI, 6025 S. Western, at about 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10. The victim told police that four men approached. Two pointed guns in his face while the others went through his pockets. They stole his wallet, which he said contained $650 cash, a $100 Target gift card, a Social Security card and a driver’s license.

No crime scene found where woman says she was shot
A 22-year-old Chicago Lawn woman said she was shot in the hand as she struggled with an armed robber in the 3700 block of West 62nd Street at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18. Interviewed at Holy Cross Hospital, where she was being treated for a graze wound, the victim told police she was standing outside her vehicle and had just picked up her children when an armed robber approached and asked if she had a cigar. When she said no, he asked if she had any change. When she said no, he grabbed her purse and shot her in the struggle. He fled with her purse and was described as a black man age 29-35, about 5-foot-8 and 175 pounds, with brown eyes and a tattoo on his left hand. Police investigating said they did not find evidence of a crime scene in the 3700 block of West 62nd Street.

Woman thwarts robber at gas station
A 28-year-old Brighton Park woman thwarted a thug who tried to snatch her cellphone as she stood next to her vehicle at a gas station at 59th and Lawndale at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20. The victim told police that she struggled briefly and that the robber gave up his attempt. He then got into a nearby vehicle driven by a woman he called “babe,” and she started the vehicle—a silver sedan—and sped away with him inside. The criminal was described as a Hispanic man age 19-20, about 5-foot-7 and 150 pounds, with brown eyes and short black hair. He wore a black baseball cap and camouflage pants.

Punched in face, robbed by gangbanger
A 19-year-old man was punched in the face and robbed as he walked through Bogan Park, near 81st and Pulaski, at 7:40 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20. The victim told police that the robber shouted a gang slogan while the crime occurred. Taken were the victim’s cellphone, Ventra card, debit card and state ID. The thug was described as a Hispanic man age 18-20, about 5-foot-6 and 175 pounds, wearing a black jacket and dark blue jeans.


Fleeing works for man in garage
A 41-year-old West Lawn man thwarted an armed robbery when he ran away from the gunman. The victim told police that he was working in his garage in the 3900 block of West 59th Street at about noon Thursday, Jan. 18 when a criminal walked in, waving a gun and asking for money. The victim responded by running away and closing the garage door. The gunman also fled. The thug was described as a Hispanic man age 18-20, about 5-foot-11 and 150 pounds, with hazel eyes and a light complexion.

Elderly man frustrates armed robber
A 77-year-old West Lawn man thwarted an armed robber in his garage in the 6700 block of South Kostner at about 12:05 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18. The victim told police that the gunman demanded his money. When he said he had no money, the criminal said, “Give me your cellphone then.” When the victim replied that he does not believe in cellphones, the gunman ran away. He was described as a Hispanic man age 30-35, about 5-foot-10 and 140 pounds, with brown eyes, black hair and an olive complexion, He wore a dark blue hoody and a black mask.

Man loses Tommy wallet in overnight stickup
A 23-year-old West Lawn man was robbed at gunpoint as he walked down a sidewalk in front of 7100 S. Lawndale at 2:55 a.m. Friday, Jan. 19. The victim told police that two punks walked up and asked, “What gang are you?” When the victim did not respond, one displayed a pistol and said, “Give me your sh~t.” The victim surrendered his Tommy Hilfiger wallet, which contained $100 cash, a debit card, a Social Security card and a birth certificate. The robbers then ran away north on Lawndale. The thugs were described as Hispanic men age 18-22.

Burglars swipe cash in pizza-parlor heist
Burglars pried open the side door of Angie’s Pizza, 8352 S. Pulaski, and stole about $200 from a cash register. The crime was reported by the owner, a 57-year-old man, shortly after 5 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, after he was notified of the break-in at the popular pizzeria by an alarm company.

Burglars fail to break into Wok This Way
Burglars tried but failed to break into Wok This Way, 6607 S. Cicero. The shuttered restaurant’s owner told police that he was notified by his alarm company at about 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18 that there was a power outage. Investigation showed that power lines had been cut and a window was broken—but no entry was apparently made. Additionally, the lock on the utility box containing the electric meter was broken. The owner reported the crime to police two days after it occurred.

Stove swiped from vacant home
Burglars broke into a vacant home in the 5400 block of South Kolin and stole a Kenmore stove. The crime was discovered a realty agent, a 45-year-old man, at 4:30p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18.

Window AC unit gives access to burglars
Burglars removed a window air conditioning unit at a home in the 6200 block of South Narragansett, entered the home and stole four TVs, a copier and three bottles of cologne—according to the victim, a 73-year-old Oak Lawn man. The crime was reported to police at 11:04 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17.

Jackhammer and more taken from garage
Burglars forced open the overhead door of a garage in the 5000 block of South Kildare and stole a jackhammer, a brick saw, a grinder, two saw blades, a rotary hammer and a table saw. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 40-year-old man, at about 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18.

Unlocked window used by burglars
Burglars entered the unlocked rear window of a home in the 3800 block of West 64th Place and stole a nail gun, six drills, a saw, a compressor and other power tools. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 33-year-old man, at about 8 a.m. Friday, Jan. 19. The victim told police the crime apparently occurred while he was at home in another part of his house and did not hear it.

Burglars hit garage on Kedvale
Burglars forced open the service door of a garage in the 4400 block of South Kedvale and stole a bicycle, a bike lock and chain, a power washer, four SUV tires, a toolbox filled with tools, a snow blower, a lawnmower, a ladder and three Coleman canopies. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 37-year-old man, at 4:15 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19.

Bike, drills stolen from garage
Burglars forced open the service door of a garage in the 3900 block of West 69th Street and stole a bicycle and three drills. The crime was reported by the victim, a 43-year-old woman, at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17.

No sign of forced in entry in home heist
A 21-year-old West Lawn woman reported that someone stole her Xbox video game console—as well as two controllers and four video games—from her home in the 6100 block of South Karlov. The items were discovered missing at about 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18 by her brother. There was no sign of forced entry at the home, police said.

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