Thursday, May 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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Shot in legs while sitting in vehicle
A 22-year-old man was shot in both legs in a crime that occurred in the 4500 block of West 66th Place at about 1:25 a.m. Friday, May 18. The victim was taken to Holy Cross Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition. Police said the victim was sitting inside a vehicle when a gunman began to fire shots into the vehicle. No one is in custody.

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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, June 6 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.

Suburban man beaten on 47th Street
A 35-year-old man from suburban Round Lake Beach was beaten as he stood in front of 4120 W. 47th St. shortly before 11 p.m. Sunday, May 20. Police responding to a “battery” call found the man at the firehouse at 4034 W. 47th St. He had a large cut on his forehead and scratches on both arms. The victim was transported to Mt. Sinai Hospital, where he was initially listed in critical condition but later upgraded to serious. Police were initially unable to interview the victim because of his condition.

Shots fired into kitchen on 71st Street
Two men shot into a house in the 3700 block of West 71st Street at 11:53 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, slightly injuring a man inside. Police responding to a “shots fired” call found the home’s kitchen window shattered and bullet fragments on the kitchen table. A 20-year-old Cicero man inside the home told police that when the shots were fired, he felt pain in his lower lip—possibly from a bullet fragment or a piece of flying glass.  A CFD ambulance arrived on scene, but the victim refused treatment. Home surveillance footage showed two offenders, both Hispanic boys or men, wearing light-colored clothes.

Masked bandit robs Burger King on Pulaski
An armed bandit robbed the Burger King at 4060 S. Pulaski, making off with about $1,500. The crime occurred at 9:54 p.m. Saturday, May 19. A 23-year-old manager told police that she was closing a lobby door when a man jumped out of a red, four-door Pontiac sedan and waved a pistol at her. He pushed his way into the restaurant, ordered the other employees to lie on the floor and demanded cash from the registers and safe. The manager complied and then took cover in the kitchen area while the thug fled. He was described as a black man age 20-30, about 5-foot-11 and 200 pounds, wearing a black ski mask, black gloves, a red hoody with a black Sons of Anarchy logo, and blue jeans.

Woman says masked man robbed her
A 25-year-old woman was robbed as she waited for a northbound bus at the CTA facility at 51st and Pulaski at 3 p.m. Monday, May 14. The victim told police that a man approached her from behind, pressed an unknown object against the left side of her head and demanded her valuables. She said she surrendered three iPhones, a Gucci purse and a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles bookbag. She reported the crime five hours after it occurred and described the robber as a man about 5-foot-8 and 160 pounds, with a dark complexion. He wore a black ski mask and a black hoody.

Woman’s kindness rejected by robber
A 52-year-old Brighton Park woman trying to show kindness to a stranger was instead robbed as she stood on a sidewalk in front of 4920 S. Tripp at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 19. The victim told police that when a young man walked up and asked for money, she opened her purse to give him five dollars. Instead, he knocked her purse to the ground, grabbed $160 cash and ran away. He was described as a Hispanic man age 18-20, about 5-foot-5 and 140 pounds, with brown eyes and medium-length black hair, as well as a medium complexion. He wore a white T-shirt and blue jeans.

Claim woman made charges on elderly woman’s credit card
A 38-year-old Chicago Lawn woman was charged with theft and conducting an ongoing
Tracy Mason
financial criminal enterprise after she was arrested by police at 1:10 p.m. Friday, April 27 at a dialysis center at 3134 W. 76th St.

Tracy Mason, of the 2400 block of West 60th Street, was apprehended after it was discovered that she had made “numerous charges” on an 87-year-old woman’s credit card, police said.

They did not say if the victim was a patient at the center.

Bust pair in vehicle that was reported stolen

A 31-year-old Archer Heights man and a 21-year-old Canaryville woman were
Abraham Blockson
charged with criminal trespass to a vehicle after they were arrested by police at 11:22 a.m. Tuesday, May 15 in front of 5245 S. Archer.

Abraham Blockson, of the 4600 block of South Keeler, and Paige K. Santana, of the 700 block of West 48th Place, were apprehended after they were found by police in a vehicle that Santana allegedly borrowed from another person but did not return.

Police said the vehicle was reported stolen and that they found Santana in a passenger seat and Blockson in the driver’s seat with the vehicle’s key.

Bond was set at $5,000 for Santana, who was due in court at 51st and Wentworth on
Paige Santana
Wednesday, May 24.

According to public records, Santana has been arrested four times by CPD in the last 90 days—three times for criminal trespass to a vehicle.

Blockson has been arrested 10 times by CPD in the past three years, on such charges as criminal trespass to vehicles, domestic battery, assault and criminal trespass to land.

Charge man with trespass to vehicle

A 33-year-old North Side man was charged with criminal trespass to a vehicle after he was
Joseph Delarosa
arrested by police at 11:30 p.m. Monday, May 14 in front of 5985 S. Archer.

Joseph A. Delarosa, of the 5000 block of North Leavitt, was reportedly “observed sleeping inside of a vehicle that did not belong to him after being told by the victim earlier in the day not to do so,” police said.

Say Gage Park motorist left scene of accident

A 23-year-old Gage Park man was charged with one misdemeanor count of leaving the
Ivan Garduno
scene of an accident after he was arrested by police at just before 9:30 p.m. Sunday, May 13 at 5300 S. Cicero.

Ivan Garduno, of the 5600 block of South Fairfield, was taken into custody after a Jeep Grand Cherokee he was driving westbound reportedly sideswiped a Toyota Corolla in the 4500 block of West 55th Street and then struck a fence, police said.

No injuries were reported. Garduno is due in court on June 19, police added.

According to public records, Garduno was arrested twice in 2014 and charged with unlawful contact with street gang members.

Burglar flees cellphone store empty-handed
A burglar used a brick to smash the front window of the Sprint Mobile store at 4654 S. Pulaski, entered but apparently fled without stealing anything. The crime occurred at 3 a.m. Tuesday, May 15, according to surveillance footage. The burglar was described only as a black man wearing a dark blue or gray hoodie, white gloves, blue jeans and black shoes.

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