Thursday, May 3, 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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Gage Park mom stabbed, dies two days before wedding 
A 28-year-old Gage Park woman was stabbed to death two days before her wedding,
Carolina González

leaving behind an eight-year-old son. Carolina González, of the 5600 block of Sacramento, was apparently stabbed as she sat in a car parked in front of 5959 S. Sacramento at 9:26 p.m. Wednesday, April 25. Witnesses told police that they saw González get pushed out of the car and stumble to the ground. The driver of the vehicle—described only as a Hispanic or light-skinned black man—reportedly got out of the car, ran over to the victim and said, “Sh~t, sh~t, sh~t” before running away east on 60th Street. González, suffering from a stab wound to her chest, was transported to Mount Sinai Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 10:10 p.m. The killer remains at large. González’ son was turned over to the state Department of Children and Family Services temporarily. González had emigrated from Colombia to the U.S. in 2016. Her body will be taken back there for burial. Relatives told a Univisión reporter that González recently received death threats from an acquaintance, but she did not report them to police.

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Want to work directly with Chicago Police to prevent crime in your neighborhood? If you live in Beat 812 (see map), come to St. Symphorosa School, 6135 S. Austin, at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 9 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.

Bust Clearing woman in Canaryville shooting
A 23-year-old Clearing woman was ordered held without bond after she was charged with
Senia Malewski
one felony count of aggravated battery in connection with a shooting that occurred in Canaryville. Senia Malewski, of the 6400 block of South Austin, was arrested at her residence at about 9 p.m. Thursday, April 19. The crime occurred at 10:47 p.m. Wednesday, April 11 at a home in the 500 block of West 44th Street. Police said Malewski “entered the victim's residence…at which time with another offender attempted to enter the residence, but the door was closed on him.” The male offender, identified by police as 23-year-old Bridgeport resident Eric Blake, allegedly drew a pistol and shot the victim, a 46-year-old man, in the chest and right arm. Despite being shot, the victim reportedly was able to close the door and prevent the would-be home invaders from entering. Police said that Malewski “then met up with [Blake] at the back of the residence and they fled the scene together.” The victim was later transported to Stroger Hospital, where he was listed in serious condition. Police added that they later recovered a handgun from the 4500 block of South Wentworth. Malewski’s next court date is Friday, May 11 at 51st and Wentworth—the same as Blake, who also is being held without bond.

Say Indiana man beat suburban man at Orange Line terminal
A 36-year-old man from Fort Wayne, Ind. was charged with aggravated battery after he
Tituse James
allegedly beat a 46-year-old Tinley Park man at the CTA Orange Line terminal at 4612 W. 59th St. at 1:31 p.m. Saturday, April 28. Tituse D. James, of the 300 block of West Superior Street, reportedly hit the victim over the head with a wine bottle and then punched him repeatedly. Police said they found the victim lying on the ground, bleeding from the top of his head and with a right eye swollen shut. They added that James was standing over the victim, swinging his fists wildly. They ordered him to stop, and he was arrested without incident. The victim was transported by CFD ambulance to Advocate Christ Medical Center. Witnesses told police that the victim was sitting on a concrete planter and did nothing to provoke the attack. James was ordered held without bond and is due in court today at 51st and Wentworth.

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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, 5010 W. 50th Street, at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, May 10 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.

Man makes threat, robs Walgreens
A man who may have been armed robbed the Walgreens at 7150 S. Archer at 9:10 a.m. Wednesday, April 25, making off with about $500 cash. A 27-year-old cashier told police that the robber walked in, grabbed an insulated cooler off a shelf, walked up to her and said, “Give me all the f~cking money, b~tch, or I’ll shoot you.” The cashier complied and the robber ran out the door, across the parking lot and across Archer Avenue. He was described as a black man age 35-50, about 5-foot-6 and 160 pounds with a “bald” hairstyle and a dark complexion.

Elderly man says robber stole $2,000 from him
A 70-year-old Garfield Ridge man reported that he was robbed as he walked down a sidewalk in front of 5760 S. Archer at 9 a.m. Thursday, April 26. The victim told police that an attacker pushed him to the ground and rummaged through his pockets. The victim said that $2,000 cash was taken from him. The robber was described as a white man about 40 years old, 5-foot-10 and 175 pounds.

Police chase, bust man for home burglary
A 40-year-old man was charged with burglary and criminal trespass to land after he
Victor Visinaiz
allegedly burglarized a home in the 5500 block of South Kolin at about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 25. Victor Visinaiz was apprehended while he was found hiding in a yard at 5632 S. Kolmar, according to police, who initially responded to a call about a man stealing packages off porches in the West Elsdon area. Police said they spotted Visinaiz at 56th and Kostner, riding a bicycle and carrying two large bags. When confronted by police, he reportedly jumped off the bike, dropped the bags and fled east through a nearby gangway. Police added that the bags contained numerous household items, as well as a number of wristwatches, a jar with coins inside and a PlayStation 4 video game console. Police combing the area said they spotted, chased and detained Visinaiz, adding that they searched him and found a knife and a screwdriver. Police said they then logged into the video game console and learned that its owner lived in the 5500 block of South Kolin. They drove there and discovered that the back door of the home had been pried open. The homeowner arrived and his description of what missing matched what was found on Visinaiz, police said. The property was returned to the victim.

Bogan students apprehended after classroom melee
A fight among students of Bogan High School, described as chaotic by a school security
Mikhal Wynn
officer, resulted in the arrest five teenagers. Witnesses told police that the melee began in Room 227 at about 10:55 a.m. Monday, April 23, when 18-year-old Mikhal Wynn, of the 3400 block of West 83rd Street, allegedly punched a 17-year-old boy in the face. Other students jumped in and started to fight. The teacher in the class, a 51-year-old man, attempted to break up the fight but was reportedly punched in the shoulder and pushed into a wall by Wynn. A security officer trying to break up the fight was punched in the eye by one of the students. More security officers responded, and the teens were detained and turned over to police, who brought them to the Eighth District station and later to the Juvenile Intervention Support Center at 39th and California, where they awaited pickup by their parents.

West Lawn retailer allegedly sold cigs without tax stamps
Justice resident Issa A. Shehadh, 23, of the 8100 block of South Thomas, was arrested by
Issa Shehadh
police on Tuesday, April 24 at a convenience store where he works--at 6832 S. Pulaski.

Police said that Shehadh sold a pack of cigarettes bearing an out-of-state tax stamp.

They added that his arrest "followed numerous complaints given to the alderman's office regarding the establishment...selling illegal cigarettes."

Construction site on 47th Street burglarized
Burglars broke into a construction site at 4700 S. Pulaski and stole a generator, a chop box, a miter box, a frame nailer, a power stapler and two fans. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 51-year-old man representing a Villa Park construction firm, at 5:30 a.m. Monday, April 23.

Burglars use cinder block to smash windows
Burglars used a cinder block to smash the glass front doors of the Cricket wireless store at 5133 S. Cicero at 4:26 a.m. Friday, April 27. The crime was discovered by police responding to a burglar alarm. A Cricket district manager who arrived later told police that it appeared that four wireless speakers were missing.

Alarm at wireless store not false
Burglars smashed the front window of the Metro PCS store at 8117 S. Pulaski at about 4 a.m. Friday, April 27. The crime was discovered when an alarm was triggered, but the business owner—alerted by an alarm company—reportedly ignored the alert, thinking it was a false alarm. An employee arriving for work in the morning called police to alert them to the situation. It was initially unclear exactly what has been stolen.

Burglars hit apartment on 63rd Street
Burglars forced open the front door of an apartment in the 5300 block of West 63rd Street and stole two TVs, two designer purses, a video game console and two DVDs. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 44-year-old woman, at 5:40 p.m. Wednesday, April 25.

No sign of forced entry in Clearing heist
Burglars entered a garage in the 6500 block of West 64th Place and stole a power washer. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 32-year-old woman, who added that she saw no sign of forced entry.

Nothing missing in Kilpatrick garage burglary
Burglars broke into a garage in the 5200 block of South Kilpatrick and broke into a vehicle parked inside—but nothing appeared to be stolen, according to the victim, a 31-year-old woman. The crime was discovered at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 28, when the victim saw the garage’s overhead door open.

Police bust two more in 'streetwalker' crackdown on Cicero Avenue
Since the Southwest Chicago Post broke the news a few days ago, about arrests near 48th and Cicero--full story here--police have arrested two more women, apparently in connection with CPD Supt. Eddie Johnson's public vow to rid the strip of prostitution, illegal
Sarah Esposito
drug sales and other criminal activity.

• Charged with soliciting a ride on a public road was 29-year-old Sarah S. Esposito.

She was arrested at 47th and Keating at 6:44 a.m. Wednesday, April 25.

According to public records, Esposito has been arrested five times by CPD in the past four years—once for soliciting a ride near 48th and Cicero in October 2015.

• Also charged with soliciting a ride on a public road was 26-year-old Carol A. Friedberg.

She was arrested in the 4800 block of South Cicero at 6:50 a.m. Wednesday, April 25.
Carol Friedberg

According to public records, Friedberg—originally from the Central Illinois community of Oakwood--has been arrested six times by CPD in the last four years—three times for prostitution on the North and West Sides.

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