Thursday, May 31, 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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Driving his car, shot in the ear
A 37-year-old Chicago Lawn man suffered a graze wound to his ear after two other men shot at him in the 4100 block of West 47th Street at 6:03 a.m. Friday. May 25. The victim was in his car and had just dropped someone off in an alley, he told police. The shooter was one of two men in a black SUV, the victim told police. The victim refused medical treatment. No one is in custody. One of the two men was described as a Hispanic man age 20-30, about 5-foot-11 with short black hair and a black goatee. Police recovered numerous shell casings at the scene, as well as a black mask.

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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.

Cellphone store on Kedzie is robbed
Three hooded thugs robbed the T Mobile store at 4612 S. Kedzie at knifepoint, making off with four cellphones. The crime occurred at 10:50 a.m. Tuesday, May 22. The victim, a 31-year-old clerk, told police that when he saw the hooded men arrive at the store, he met them at the door to explain that they must remove their hoods. One of them pulled a knife and said, “Shut the f~ck up, or I’ll cut you.” The robbers then took the phones and ran away south on Kedzie and east down 47th Street. They were described as black men age 18-20, all about 5-foot-8 and 150 pounds, wearing black and blue clothing.

Bust five riding in car reported stolen
Five people were arrested after police reportedly found them sitting in a stolen Toyota
Ryan Thomas
Camry in front of 8145 S. Pulaski at about 7:45 p.m. Saturday, May 19.

Charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle, as well as driving without a license, was Ryan Colby Thomas, 18, of the 5300 block of South Justine.

Charged with criminal trespass to a motor vehicle were Curtis Cade, 20, of the 4300 block of West 83rd Street; Andrew Brazzle, 24, of the 9100 block of South Bishop; Dorian Hardy, 18, of the 3500 block of West 80th Street; and Faithe McKinney, 18, of the 5300 block of South Justine.

Thomas appeared in bond court on May 20. The others are set to appear in court on June 11.
Curtis Cade
Andrew Brazzle
Dorian Hardy
Faithe McKinney

Claim Little Village man smashed windshield with knife
A 26-year-old Little Village man was charged with aggravated assault and criminal damage
Ernest Martinez
to property after he allegedly used a knife to smash the windshield of a vehicle.

Ernest H. Martinez, of the 2200 block of South Christiana, was arrested by police at 6248 S. Central at 10:16 p.m. Monday, May 21.

He also was charged with battery and aggravated assault of a peace officer after he allegedly hit a police officer while riding in a CFD ambulance on his way to Holy Cross Hospital.

He is due in court at 51st and Wentworth on July 6.

Arrest Clearing woman for alleged battery
Marta Klimas

A 36-year-old Clearing woman was charged with misdemeanor battery after she allegedly hit a man in an incident that reportedly occurred in the 6200 block of South Massasoit shortly after 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 23.

Marta H. Klimas, of the 6000 block of South Central, was apprehended by police responding a “battery in progress” call.

Police did not disclose the age of the man.

Bust Curie High School student for aggravated assault

An 18-year-old West Englewood woman was charged with aggravated assault after she
Kaija Udell
allegedly threatened a security officer inside Curie High School at 10:40 a.m. Thursday, May 17.

Kaija Udell, of the 2100 block of West 71st Place, “discovered her younger brother was in the dean of students' office for a disturbance,” police said.

CPS security reportedly advised her to go back to class and leave the hallway, which is when she allegedly made a threat.

Police did not elaborate on the nature of the threat.

West Sider charged with breaking CTA bus door glass
Dakota Joy

A 23-year-old West Side man was charged with one misdemeanor count of criminal damage to property after he allegedly kicked and cracked the glass on a CTA bus door in front of 5035 S. Cicero at about 7:50 p.m. Tuesday, May 22.

Dakota William Joy, of the 700 block of North Homan, was reportedly a passenger on the bus and was arguing with another passenger, police said.

He was arrested at 8:01 p.m.

Cocaine found on Garfield Ridge woman, police say
Jordan Marek

A 25-year-old Garfield Ridge woman was charged with one count of felony possession of a controlled substance after police stopped her vehicle for making an illegal U-turn near 56th and Central at 9:10 p.m. Wednesday, May 23.

Jordan M. Marek, of the 5400 block of South Laramie, was found to be in possession of cocaine, according to police.

Bust Oak Lawn man at 63rd and Cicero

A 28-year-old Oak Lawn man was charged with obstruction of traffic by a non-motorist after
Ahmad Omar
police arrested him in front of 6316 S. Cicero at 8:11 p.m. Sunday, May 20.

Ahmad Omar, of the 5600 block of West Edge Lake Drive, was apprehended "after he was observed walking in the roadway obstructing traffic," police said.

They added that they discovered that Omar was wanted on a warrant, although they declined to disclose the nature of the warrant or the jurisdiction it was from.

According to public records, Omar has been arrested six times by CPD since 2014, on such charges as panhandling and criminal trespass to land.

Construction tools stolen from garage
Burglars broke a padlock on the service door of a garage in the 3800 block of West 65th Street and stole two ladders, two air staplers, a belt sander, two nail guns, a tile saw, an angle grinder, a table saw, a rotary hammer, a circular saw, a portable generator, a tire inflator kit and other items. The crime was reported by the victim, a 25-year-old woman, on May 25—although she said it occurred 18 days earlier.

Unlocked garage burglarized
Burglars entered an unlocked garage in the 5400 block of South Lockwood and stole a snow blower and two grass trimmers. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 76-year-old woman, at 8 a.m. Sunday, May 20.

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