Tuesday, March 20, 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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Charged with four counts of attempted murder
A 35-year-old man is due in court today (March 20), charged with four counts of attempted
Devante Wallace
murder and one count of home invasion after he allegedly threatened family members in a home in the West Lawn neighborhood. Devante Wallace was taken into custody by police after they responded to a “domestic disturbance” call in the 6400 block of South Karlov at 8:13 p.m. Sunday, March 18. As the officers entered the first floor, a shot was heard coming from the second floor. A weapon was recovered and no injuries were reported.

Shot in the stomach on Talman
A 21-year-old man was shot in the stomach in a crime committed in the 5300 block of South Talman at 6:47 a.m. Sunday, March 18. He took himself to Holy Cross Hospital, but will be transferred to Mt. Sinai, police said. They offered no other details.

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Want to work directly with Chicago Police to prevent crime in your neighborhood? If you live in Beats 813 or 833 (see map), come to West Lawn Park, 4233 West 65th Street, at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 27 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.

Robbed, shot while pumping gas
A 21-year-old man was shot in the abdomen and right arm during a robbery that occurred at a gas station in the 7700 block of South Kedzie at about 4:30 a.m. Saturday, March 17. The robber—described only as a black man--fled with the victim’s cash. The victim was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center, where he was listed in stable condition.

Investigate death of man in charred garage
Police are investigating the death of an elderly man found in a garage on fire near 45th and Lawler on Monday morning. Authorities have not yet released the man’s identity, cause of death or cause of the fire, which was extinguished by CFD crews. Police said the man appeared to be in his 70s.


Shot at while driving pickup truck
A 25-year-old Chicago Lawn man reported that someone shot at him as he drove his pickup truck east on 71st Street at about Lawndale at 1:50 a.m. Monday, March 19. The victim told police that the shooter fired from the back seat of a white Dodge vehicle that pulled alongside his pickup truck. The victim was not injured, but his vehicle was damaged, police said. The shooter was described only as a Hispanic boy or man with a light complexion.

Elderly couple robbed of cash, jewelry, furs
A 72-year-old man and his wife were robbed at gunpoint as they parked their car in their garage in the 3200 block of West 83rd Place at 12:20 a.m. Sunday, March 18. The victims told police that a car approached down their alley. Two men got out, and one waved a pistol, saying, “Give us your jewelry and whatever you got.” When the victims handed over a purse, $400 cash, a set of house keys, two wedding bands and a gold watch, the robber added, “Now give us your coats.” The victims complied, handing over a fur coat and a fur jacket. The two offenders then got back into their car, driven by a third man, and sped away west. The robbers were described only as black men age 18-25.


Shot fired into her living room
A 46-year-old Hearst area woman reported that a gunman fired a bullet into her home in the 4600 block of South Lawler at 5:35 p.m. Saturday, March 17. The victim told police she was sitting on her couch when she noticed a handful of people outside, talking. Suddenly, she heard several long bangs and saw that a bullet pierced the front wall of her home, went through her curtains and hit a living room wall. Several of the people outside fled in a white vehicle, south on Lawler. There was no significant description of the offenders. Police said they found no shell casings at the scene.

Blind man robbed of cash
A 58-year-old Chicago Lawn man was robbed at gunpoint after he got off a CTA bus in front of 6012 S. Kedzie at 11 a.m. Monday, March 5. The victim told police that a short time earlier, he had withdrawn $720 from a bank and was carrying the cash on him. Two men approached him. One slapped his pocket and told him to surrender the cash. “I got a rod,” one robber announced, letting the victim—who is a blind—know he had a gun. “If you take too long, you’re gonna get shot,” he added. The victim complied, and the men ran away with the cash. The victim reported the crime 10 days later.

Walks to bus stop, robbed at knifepoint
A Scottsdale man was robbed at knifepoint as he walked down a sidewalk in front of 4130 W. 85th St. at about 6 a.m. Thursday, March 15. The victim told police he was walking to a CTA bus stop when a man walked up, pulled a knife and demanded his belongings. The victim handed over his briefcase (which he said contained a book and a pair of eyeglasses) and his pocket change, which totaled about a dollar. The robber then ran away west on 85th Street. He was described only as a white man about 5-foot-5 and 190 pounds.

Sub shop robbed of cash
Two men robbed the Subway sandwich shop at 5131 S. Pulaski, making off with about $200 cash. The crime occurred at about 10 p.m. Monday, March 12. A clerk told police that the bandits jumped over the front counter and said, “Give me the money out of the register and the safe.” When the clerk explained that he did know the safe’s access code, the robbers fled with the money from the cash register. They were described as black men age 20-25, about 5-foot-8 and 170 pounds, with medium complexions. One wore a black hoody with white lettering, and gym shoes with a black-and-white design. The clerk told police that one of the robbers may have been holding a gun.

Arrested again for criminal trespass
A 46-year-old Chicago Lawn man was charged with theft and criminal trespass to a vehicle
Sabino Gomez
after he allegedly entered an unlocked truck parked in the 3600 block of West Marquette Road at 2:40 a.m. Sunday, March 18. Sabino Gomez, of the 6500 block of South Francisco, allegedly stole an air compressor, several jackets and other items belonging to the victim, a 33-year-old West Lawn man. Gomez was reportedly spotted by a friend of the victim. He and the victim said they confronted Gomez and detained him until police arrived. Gomez reportedly denied stealing anything, claiming he entered the vehicle simply to find a place to get warm. According to public records, Gomez also was arrested for criminal trespass to a vehicle in August 2017 in the 1600 block of North Kolmar.

Home from gym, finds house burglarized
Burglars forced open the rear basement window of a home in the 6500 block of South Kildare and stole four Rolex watches, a ring and a necklace. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 58-year-old woman, at 12:50 p.m. Monday, March 12 after she returned home from a local gym.

Burglars hit house on Kilbourn
Burglars forced open the side door of a home in the 5800 block of South Kilbourn, ransacked a bedroom and kitchen and stole a wallet containing $700 cash. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 49-year-old man, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 13.

Nothing stolen in apartment burglary
Burglars pried open the door of an apartment in the 4200 block of West 47th Street, but apparently failed to steal anything. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 34-year-old man, at 8:27 p.m. Thursday, March 15.

No sign of forced entry in garage burglary
Burglars entered a garage in the 3800 block of West 61st Street and stole six bar stools, a kitchen cabinet, two stainless-steel containers and a tool box with tools. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 57-year-old man, at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, March 14. The victim told police he saw no sign of forced entry.

Wallet swiped from unlocked car in unlocked garage
Burglars entered an unlocked garage in the 4700 block of South Kenneth, entered an unlocked car inside and stole a wallet containing several credit cards. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 54-year-old man, at about 6 a.m. Monday, March 12.

Unlocked garage hit by burglars
Burglars entered an unlocked garage in the 5100 block of South Kolin and stole a car jack, vehicle rims and assorted tools. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 25-year-old man, at 11:25 a.m. Sunday, March 18.

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