Wednesday, April 25, 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 and killed on 55th Street
A 33-year-old man said by a law enforcement source to be a documented gang member was shot in the head and killed as he drove a car west on 55th Street, near Kostner, at 10:42 p.m. Monday, April 23. He lost control of the car, jumped a curb and hit two nearby buildings. He was transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center, where he died shortly after midnight Tuesday. No one is in custody and no other injuries were reported, police said.

Off-duty cop exchanges fire with carjackers
An off-duty police officer exchanged gunfire with would-be carjackers at 8:55 a.m. Friday, April 20 in the 3700 block of West 79th Street. Police said that a gunman opened the passenger side of the off-duty cop’s vehicle, waved a handgun and demanded the vehicle. The victim got out of his vehicle, announced his office, and drew his weapon. “An exchange of gunfire ensued, and the offenders fled on foot to an awaiting vehicle,” police said in a statement. No injuries were reported, and Area Central Detectives are investigating. Police have not released a detailed description of the offenders, saying only that they were “two males.”

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Want to work directly with Chicago Police to prevent crime in your neighborhood? If you live in Beats 815 or 821 (see map), come to St. Bruno School (south entrance), 4839 S. Harding, at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 2 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.

Women roughed up, robbed on sidewalk
Two West Lawn women—ages 64 and 58—were roughed up and robbed at gunpoint as they walked down a sidewalk in front of 6000 S. Kolmar at 1:40 a.m. Tuesday, April 17. The victims told police that two bandits walked up behind them, with one putting a gun to the head of the 64-year-old and other pushing the 58-year-old to the ground. The thugs snatched a purse and a wallet before running away west on 60th Street and then north through an alley. They were described only as black men. The victims refused medical attention, police added.

Man beaten, robbed as he gets out of car
A 56-year-old man was beaten and robbed as he got out of his vehicle in the 6200 block of South Kildare at 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 17. The victim told police that a trio of thugs hit him in the face and body before snatching his wallet and cellphone, running away east down a nearby alley. The criminals were described only as black men, one wearing a white coat. CFD paramedics were on scene and treated the victim for a cut on his nose.

Police hunt man who fled five-car crash
Police are seeking the driver of a vehicle that caused a five-vehicle crash in the 6400 block of South Kedzie at 11:07 p.m. Thursday, April 19. Witnesses told police that the driver’s vehicle sideswiped another vehicle—which contained a 32-year-old woman, a seven-year-old girl and a five-year-old boy. Also hit were three parked cars. The driver of the first vehicle fled the scene on foot. He was described only as a Hispanic man. The three victims in the vehicle that was sideswiped were taken to Holy Cross Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, police added. No one is in custody, and detectives are investigating.

Bandits rob pair in bowling alley lot
A 27-year-old Vittum Park man and a 25-year-old Burbank woman said they were robbed at gunpoint in the parking lot of Lawn Lanes, 6750 S. Pulaski, at 1:25 a.m. Tuesday, April 17. The man was assisting the woman with her car, which would not start, when they were accosted by two armed bandits who demanded their belongings. The victims surrendered their cellphones, and the man also handed over his wallet. The robbers fled and were described only as black men. One of the cellphones was later tracked by police to a trash cart near 61st and Washtenaw. It was returned to the victim.

Murderer busted for non-compliance
A 40-year-old convicted murderer who lives in West Lawn was arrested and charged with
Rogelio Pulido
failing to report his whereabouts to law enforcement, after a traffic stop in the 5100 block of South Tripp at 9:40 a.m. Tuesday, April 10.

Rogelio Pulido, of the 6100 block of South Kolin, murdered a 20 year-old person when he was 18 years old, according to the Illinois State Police, which had listed him as “non-compliant.”

Pulido previously lived in the 4200 block of West 59th Street.

In the days since his arrest, Pulido has come into compliance and is now listed as "compliant" by the ISP.

Clearing man held without bond on burglary rap
A 34-year-old Clearing man with an arrest history that stretches back at least several years
David Calvillo
was arrested and charged with one felony count of burglary after he allegedly burglarized a garage in the 6100 block of South Komensky at about 9:45 a.m. Monday, April 16. David C. Calvillo, of the 5300 block of West 63rd Street, was apprehended after the victim, a 48-year-old woman, contacted police to say there was a man in her garage without her permission.  Police said that Calvillo removed a lawnmower from the victim’s garage, left and was discovered walking nearby. Officers responding to the call detained Calvillo and arrested him when the victim positively identified him. Calvillo reportedly indicated where the lawnmower was, and police said they recovered it in an alley in the 6200 block of South Pulaski. He was ordered held without bond and was due in court earlier this week. According to public records, Calvillo has been arrested 17 times by CPD, stretching back to 2014 for such crimes as domestic battery, reckless conduct, theft, burglary, possession of a controlled substance and trespassing.

Busted for attempted burglary, professes innocence
A 42-year-old West Elsdon man has been charged with attempted burglary after he allegedly tried to force his way into an apartment in the 5200 block of South Tripp at 8:27 p.m. Saturday, April 21. Roberto Miranada, of the 4400 block of West 55th Street, was apprehended after a brief foot chase with police, who were responding to a “burglary in progress” call. Miranada allegedly used a screwdriver to force open a dining room window and then push in window blinds, before being spotted by the tenants. When apprehended, Miranada reportedly denied committing the crime and said he was in the victim’s backyard because he has been chased by someone else. Police said they recovered a screwdriver and gloves nearby.

Reputed gang member busted for assault
A 36-year-old Austin man said by police to be an admitted gang member was arrested and
Vashaun Ervin
charged with aggravated assault after he allegedly used a handgun to threaten others at a house party in the 5800 block of South Melvina at about 10 p.m. Saturday, April 21.

Vashaun A. Ervin, of the 1100 block of North Austin, was apprehended after the 44-year-old man hosting the party told police that Ervin had committed the crime.

No weapon was recovered, police added. 

Convicted burglar busted for driving on revoked license
A 33-year-old Gage Park man—known to some in the area as a convicted burglar--was
Joseph Rocha
arrested and charged with driving on a revoked license after police curbed his vehicle in the 5100 block of South Christiana at 9:28 p.m. Monday, April 16. Joseph. A. Rocha, of the 5200 block of South Christiana, was taken into custody after a computer check showed that he was wanted on a warrant. Police did not describe the nature of the warrant or what jurisdiction it was from. According to public records, Rocha has a criminal record stretching back to 2003, when he was sentenced to three years in prison for felony unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of a stolen vehicle. In 2013 he was sentenced to four years in prison for residential burglary—that conviction related to the December 2012 burglary of a home near 80th and Kolin. At the time of that crime, Rocha was living near 81st and Tripp. He was paroled in 2015.

White van used in Pete’s heist
Burglars in a white van broke through a gate at Pete’s Fresh Market, 4700 S. Kedzie, and stole about 70 plastic stacking pallets used for soda pop, and well as another plastic pallet. The crime was reported by a Pete’s representative at 5:45 p.m. Monday, April 16 but occurred at 5:43 a.m. Friday, April 13, according to surveillance video. There was no description of the burglars.

Burglars swipe vehicle from construction site
A 39-year-old representative of a Posen-based construction firm told police that someone stole a Model 246B Caterpillar construction vehicle—as well as the vehicle’s forks and bucket—from a construction site at 4334 S. Kedzie. The theft was reported to police at 8:30 a.m. Monday, April 16 and appeared to have occurred the previous night.

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Back door window smashed in burglary 
Burglars smashed the window of the back door of an apartment in the 4400 block of West 59th Street, entered and stole assorted jewelry, an iPad Mini and $300 cash. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 64-year-old woman, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 17.

Elderly man’s garage broken into
Burglars forced open the door of a garage in the 4700 block of South La Crosse and stole a bicycle and two pairs of designer sunglasses. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 70-year-old man, at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, April 15.

Door may have been unlocked, burglary victim says
Burglars entered a garage in the 4800 block of South La Crosse and stole two bicycles, a large jack and assorted tools. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 43-year-old man, at 8:30 p.m. Sunday, April 22. The victim told police that he may have left the garage’s service door unlocked.

Tools taken from Kostner garage
Burglars forced open the service door of a garage in the 4900 block of South Kostner and stole assorted tools. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 31-year-old woman, at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 17.

Burglars have haul at vacant home
Burglars forced open the back door of a vacant home in the 3800 block of West 71st Street and stole a bedroom set, a living room set, a microwave oven cart, and a kitchen set. The crime was discovered by a property manager employed by the victim, a Loop-based bank, at 8 a.m. Tuesday, April 17.

Toolbox taken from garage
Burglars kicked in the service door of a garage in the 4800 block of South Kolin and stole a toolbox containing various tools. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 33-year-old man, at about 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 17.

Street peddlar’s garage hit by burglars
A 27-year-old Vittum Park woman reported that someone entered her unlocked garage in the 4700 block of South Lamon and stole various gardening tools—as well as about $700 worth of socks and blankets that she had planned to sell on the street. She said she discovered the crime at about 5 a.m. Wednesday, April 18.

No sign of forced entry in garage burglary
Burglars entered a garage in the 4900 block of South Lamon and stole a compressor, a heater, a bicycle and a radio. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 67-year-old man, at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 19. He told police that there was no sign of forced entry.

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