Monday, May 7, 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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Scottsdale teen beaten with baseball bat
A 15-year-old Scottsdale boy was in stable but serious condition at Advocate Christ Medical Center after he was beaten with a baseball bat by three attackers. The crime occurred just before 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 5 on the street in front of 8023 S. Kilpatrick. A witness told police that three thugs jumped out of a tan Toyota Camry, beat the victim with a baseball bat and then got back in the car and sped away south. The criminals were described as Hispanic men age 18-22, about 5-foot-10 with short black hair. The victim was taken to the hospital by CFD ambulance. He was treated for broken ribs, a punctured lung and a possible skull fracture.

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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.

Whacked in head, robbed near home
An 82-year-old Garfield Ridge man was hit in the head and robbed as he left his home in the 5200 block of South Linder at 9:30 p.m. Monday, April 30. The victim told police that three thugs approached him, with one hitting him in the back of the head with a blunt object. They went through his pockets and stole $100 cash, his wallet and a set of house and car keys. The attackers were described only as black or Hispanic men.

Attacker pepper-sprays elderly woman in face
A 74-year-old Garfield Ridge woman was pepper sprayed in the face during an attempted robbery on a sidewalk in front of 5750 S. Archer at 2:15 p.m. Monday, April 30. The victim told police she had just gotten off work and was dropped off at Archer and Lorel by a friend. Moments later, as she was walking home, the attack occurred. As she was struggling to hang onto her purse, a Good Samaritan intervened and scared off the attacker, who fled empty-handed. The victim was transported by CFD ambulance to MacNeal Hospital, where she was treated and released. The attacker was described only as a woman.

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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.

Masked man robs cellphone store
A masked bandit robbed the Boost Mobile store at 5101 S. Cicero, making off with about $700 cash. The crime occurred at 3:06 p.m. Saturday, May 5. Store employees told police that a man entered, waved a gun and said, “Don’t move. Give me f~cking money.” He handed employees a paper McDonald’s bag, and they emptied cash registers. The thug then grabbed the bag, exited the store and ran away north on Cicero. The criminal was described as a black man age 25-27, about 5-foot-6 and 130 pounds with a dark complexion. He wore a dark blue hoody, light blue jeans and white gym shoes.

Robbed after visiting his aunt
A 25-year-old Chicago Lawn man was robbed at gunpoint on the sidewalk in front of 4800 S. Cicero at 10:20 p.m. Tuesday, May 1. The victim told police that he had just left his aunt’s home when he was approached by two men asking him if he wanted marijuana. When he ignored them, one of them pulled a gun and demanded his valuables. He surrendered his cellphone, backpack, $100 cash, gym shoes and other belongings, The robbers then ran away. They were described as black men age 25-26, about 6-foot-1 and 180 pounds, with light complexions. One wore a green North Face sweater and blue jeans. The other wore a black sweater and black jeans.

Teen swipes iPhone from store
A young boy or man stole a red iPhone from the T-Mobile store at 5123 S. Pulaski at 3:08 p.m. Saturday, May 5. An employee told police that the thief entered with another person who posed as a customer and asked questions of sales staff. The thief walked behind a counter, grabbed the phone off a display and ran away north on Pulaski. The other person stayed in the store but was asked to leave. The thief was described as a black boy or man age 15-20, about 5-foot-6, wearing a gray beanie, a gray hoodie and gray sweatpants with a Nike logo.

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 soliciting a ride on a public road was 44-year-old Maricela Gonzalez, of the
Maricela Gonzalez
5000 block of South Kolmar.

She was arrested in the 4800 block of South Cicero at 7:03 a.m. Wednesday, May 2.

According to public records, Gonzalez has been arrested three times by CPD in the past two years: once last month for criminal trespass to vehicles near 47th and Sacramento and one in 2016 for retail theft near 46th and Western.

• At the same time and place, police arrested 42-year-old Vanessa Rincon, of the 1500
Vanessa Rincon
block of South Homan, and charged her with soliciting a ride on a public road.

• Charged with soliciting a ride on a public road was 30-year-old Michelle Sanchez, of north
Michelle Sanchez
suburban Antioch.

She was arrested in the 4800 block of South Cicero at 6:20 a.m. Monday, April 30.

Nab four for reckless conduct on Archer
Four men were charged with reckless conduct after they allegedly caused a disturbance on
Khalil Ramsey
the street in front of 6221 S. Archer at about 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 24.

Arrested were Khalil Ramsey, 21, and Rasann Ramsey, 18, of the 4600 block of South La Crosse; Zion Haygood, 19, of the 6500 block of South Paulina; and Darnell Glover, 18, of the 4400 block of South Lavergne.

Police responding to a “battery in progress” call said they “observed the listed offenders running in and out of traffic while shouting obscenities at another group. They refused orders to stop obstructing traffic and were subsequently placed into custody.”

Rasann Ramsey

Zion Haygood

Darnell Glover

Police investigate arson at barbershop
A fire at the Platinum Fades barbershop, 4718 S. Pulaski, appears to be arson, police said earlier this week. The fire occurred just before 3:15 a.m. Saturday, May 5. The owner, a 31-year-old man, told police that his employees left the business at about 11 p.m. the night before. No one is in custody and no one was injured in the fire, which was extinguished by multiple CFD units.

No sign of forced entry in pizzeria heist
Burglars entered the side door of the Slice Factory pizzeria at 4422 S. Pulaski and stole two 55-inch TVs in boxes. The crime occurred at 11:28 p.m. Monday, April 30 but was not reported to police until three days later by the owner, a 75 year-old North Side woman. There was no sign of forced entry, and surveillance footage only showed that the burglars were men wearing hoodies.

Man fingers former caretaker in burglary
A 67-year-old Vittum Park man reported that someone burglarized his apartment in the 5000 block of West 47th Street, while he was away at a hospital for several days. Taken were a TV, two pistols and a set of knives. The victim told police that a former caretaker stole the items, using a swipe card to gain access to the building and his apartment. When contacted, a North Side caretaking service that employed the 47-year-old man said he had not shown up for work in recent days. The suspect remains at large.

No sign of forced entry in apartment burglary
Burglars entered an apartment in the 4400 block of West 55th Street and stole a TV and a video game console. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 23-year-old man, at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, May 3. There was no sign of forced entry, and the victim told police that he had been missing a set of keys to the unit.

Garage burglarized on 58th Place
Burglars forced open the service door of a garage in the 4000 block of West 58th Place and stole a stereo, a speaker and two car tires. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 55-year-old man, at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, May 3.

Cash swiped in Harlem heist
Burglars entered the rear window of an apartment in the 5600 block of South Harlem and stole about $670 cash. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 48-year-old woman, at 4:15 a.m. Saturday, May 5.

Garage burglars flee when they see homeowner
A 41-year-old West Elsdon man scared away two men burglarizing his garage in the 5600 block of South Kildare at 3:30 a.m. Sunday, May 6. The victim told police he was awakened by two loud noises. When he looked out his window, he saw two men burglarizing his garage. They were dressed in black and had pulled up in a black Lincoln truck-like vehicle. When the burglars saw him watching them, they fled without stealing anything.

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