Wednesday, May 16, 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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Shot in Kildare alley, man says
In what police are describing as a gang-related crime, a 34-year-old Berwyn man said he was shot in the right calf as he walked down an alley in the 4700 block of South Kildare at 10:30 p.m. Friday, May 11. The victim told police he was walking in the alley when he asked another man for a lighter. The other man reportedly replied, “You’re in the wrong area to be asking for a lighter, but I got something for you.” The man then reportedly walked to a gray Jeep, reached under a seat, grabbed a handgun, hollered a gang slogan and fired 5-6 shots at the victim before fleeing. The shooter was described as a Hispanic man age 18-19, about 5-foot-8 and 160 pounds, with a dark complexion and a “bald” hairstyle. After he was shot, the victim said he ran to 47th and Kolin, where he called a woman he knows. She drove to the site, picked up the victim and took him to his home. On Saturday morning, the victim told his mother he had been shot. She transported him to Loyola University Medical Center, where he was listed in good condition. While the victim was at the hospital, Berwyn Police officials said they would take him into custody for burglary and aggravated fleeing, in relation to an unrelated crime.

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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 W. 65th St., at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 22 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 beaten, robbed in front of girlfriend
A 40-year-old Englewood man was beaten and robbed as he and his 39-year-old girlfriend walked down an alley behind 4553 S. Lawler at about 3 p.m. Thursday, May 10. The girlfriend told police that they were confronted by four thugs who demanded the victim’s cellphone. When the victim refused, he was punched in the head, knocked to the ground and hit on the back of the head with a brick. The attackers took his cellphone and fled on foot. They were described only as black men age 20-35. The victim was transported by CFD ambulance to Advocate Christ Medical Center, where he was listed in stable condition and was treated for a cut on the back of his head and a broken left wrist.

Charged with trying to rob elderly woman
A 46-year-old Brighton Park man was charged with attempted robbery after he allegedly
tried to steal a 67-year-old Archer Heights woman’s purse and bag of groceries. Francisco Mastache, of the 4400 block of South Sawyer, allegedly followed the victim on foot and attacked her outside her home in the 4900 block of South Karlov at 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 9. The victim said he punched her in the head as they struggled. The attacker then fled empty-handed. A short time later, police combing the area apprehended Mastache as he walked down a sidewalk in front of 4955 S. Pulaski. He was brought back to the crime scene, where the victim positively identified him, police added. According to public records, Mastache has been arrested 11 times by CPD since 2014, on such charges as violating an order of protection, urinating on the public way, retail theft, criminal trespass to land and unlawful use of a blackjack or knife. 

Police say two men robbed teen girls
A 25-year-old Archer Heights man was charged with one felony count of aggravated robbery
after he and another man allegedly used a gun to rob a 13-year-old girl in the 3400 block of West 57th Street at 12:52 a.m. Friday, May 4.

Emanuel Centeno, of the 5200 block of South Kildare, was ordered held on $50,000 bond and was due in court Wednesday at 51st and Wentworth.

Also charged with aggravated robbery was Rudy Mendez, 24, of the 4600 block of South Drake.

Mendez allegedly participated in the robbery with Centeno, and he allegedly robbed a second 13-year-old girl at the scene.

Mendez was ordered held without bond. His next court date is May 29 at 51st and

Police did not say what was taken from the victims or if their property was returned. 

According to public records, Mendez has been arrested five times by CPD since 2014 for such offenses as aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and possession of a controlled substance.

Tow truck crew robs man on 47th Street
A 26-year-old Back of the Yards man was pulled from his vehicle and robbed in a crime that occurred on the street in front of 4702 S. Cicero at 2:10 a.m. Monday, May 14. The victim told police that when he saw a black tow truck’s lights flashing behind him, he pulled over. Two men got out of the tow truck, pulled him from his vehicle and took his valuables, including a cellphone and a wallet with credit cards, $80 cash and other items. The robbers then got back in the tow truck and sped away. They were described only as Hispanic men about 5-foot-10.

More women busted in sweep of Cicero Ave.
Three more women have been arrested in what appears to be a police sweep of streetwalking
sex workers and others on Cicero Avenue, north of Archer—since CPD Supt. Eddie Johnson publicly vowed to the Archer Heights Civic Association that he would lead the way to eliminate prostitution for good in that area.

• Charged with violating a warrant was 20-year-old Claire DeBerry, of the 2200 block of South Ridgeway.

She was arrested while standing in the 5000 block of South Cicero at 2:35 p.m. Tuesday, May 8. Police did not disclose details of the warrant.

According to public records, DeBerry has been arrested four times by CPD in the past 11 months, including a prostitution bust at 61st and Ashland last summer.

• Charged with violating a warrant was 40-year-old Kathy Price, of the 10100 block of South
La Salle Street.

She was arrested while standing in the 4800 block of South Cicero at 6:16 a.m. Tuesday, May 8. Police did not disclose details of the warrant.

According to public records, Price has been arrested nine times by CPD since 2014, including battery and possession of a controlled substance.

• Charged with soliciting a ride on a public roadway was 28-year-old Amy E. Gabris, of the
600 block of McAlister Avenue, in north suburban Waukegan.

She was arrested at 47th and Keating at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, May 12. She also was wanted on a warrant. Police did not disclose details of the warrant.

Traffic stop yields hot vehicle, three arrests
An 18-year-old West Elsdon man was charged with felony possession of a stolen vehicle
during a traffic stop in the 5700 block of South Keeler at 2:12 a.m. Sunday, May 6.

Roberto Mercado, of the 5500 block of South Kolin, was the driver of the vehicle, which police said had been reported stolen from the 3400 block of West 52nd Street the day before.

Mercado also was charged with two misdemeanors: using an alley as a through-street and driving without a license.

Two passengers in the vehicle were charged with misdemeanor criminal trespass to a vehicle: Marcos German, 18, of the 3800 block of West 57th Street; and Ricardo Reyes, 27, of the 5100 block of South Sawyer.

According to public records, Reyes has been arrested nine times by CPD since 2014, on
charges that included reckless conduct, urinating on the public way and possession of a controlled substance.


Man busted again for defacing property
A 21-year-old Brighton Park man was charged with misdemeanor “graffiti on CTA” and
Jose Reyes
misdemeanor criminal damage/deface property after he allegedly sprayed graffiti on a CTA Orange Line train at about 3 a.m. Thursday, May 3.

Jose J. Reyes, of the 4500 block of South Archer, was apprehended by police in the 4800 block of South Archer, police said, after a CTA employee told them that he had sprayed graffiti on a train.

According to public records, Reyes has been arrested eight times by CPD since 2015—six times for criminal defacement of property, twice in the same day in June 2016.

Burglars steal, sell man’s scrap
Burglars forced open the service door of a garage in the 4700 block of South Keating and stole $81 worth of scrap copper. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 72-year-old man, at about 5 a.m. Thursday, May 10. Upon discovering the crime, the victim visited a nearby recycling company and learned that the scrap copper stolen from his garage had been sold to the company by a Hearst area man. Police are investigating.

Burglars hit garage on Rutherford
Burglars entered a garage in the 5800 block of South Rutherford and stole a lawnmower and assorted tools. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 31-year-old man, at about 3 p.m. Friday, May 11.

Garage burglarized for second time in two years
Burglars pried open the service door of a garage in the 4400 block of South Kilpatrick and stole a snow blower and two toolboxes. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 63-year-old man, at 10:45 a.m. Wednesday, May 9. The victim told police his garage has been burglarized twice in two years.

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