Thursday, July 12, 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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LeClaire Courts reunion ends in shooting
A 22-year-old man was shot in the groin and buttocks as he participated in the annual outdoor LeClaire Courts reunion near 44th and Lavergne at 1:27 a.m. Monday, July. The shooter was on foot when he fired, witnesses told police, and fled in a vehicle. The victim was transported to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition. Police did not provide a description of the shooter.


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Want to work directly with Chicago Police to prevent crime in your neighborhood? If you live in Beat 811 (see map), come to Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church, 5550 South Merrimac, at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 17 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.



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Argument leads to graze wound in the head
A 20-year-old man suffered a graze wound to his forehead after he was shot during an argument in traffic in the 7400 block of South Kostner at 2:30 p.m. Friday, July 6. The victim told police that he was driving his vehicle south when a silver minivan pulled up next to him. The shooter, a passenger in the minivan, was described as a “male Hispanic with a shag hairstyle,” police said. The driver was described as a Hispanic woman with red hair. After he was shot, the victim drove away but crashed into another vehicle. He was transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center in stable condition. The driver of the vehicle that the victim struck was listed in good condition and refused medical attention, police added.




Charge two with defacing Archer Heights business
Severo Hernandez


Two men were charged with criminal defacement of property after they allegedly used spray paint on or near the roof of a storefront at 5100 S. Archer at 9:56 p.m. Friday, June 29. 

Arrested were Severo Hernandez, 27, of the 5700 block of South Kildare, and Diego Elizarraraz, 19, of the 4900 block of South Leamington.





Diego Elizarraraz

Bust three after fight on basketball court
Pierre Richie


Three suburban teens were charged with misdemeanor battery after police broke up a fight on a basketball court at Valley Forge Park, 59th and Nottingham, at 7:18 p.m. Monday, July 2.

Arrested were Justice resident Pierre Richie, of the 8600 block of South 86th Avenue; and Summit residents Diante Harris, of the 7400 block of West 63rd Place; and Treasure Bolling, of the 7500 block of West 64th Street. All are age 18.

Police responding to a 911 call of a robbery “observed a large group of males jumping a male in the basketball court,” a CPD spokesman said.

“As officers approached, the group of males and one female dispersed. Officers and
Diante Harris
assisting units were able to detain all offenders. All offenders were positively identified by the victim and witnesses and were arrested on signed complaints.”



Harris also was charged with aggravated assault after police reportedly recovered a BB gun from his waistband.








Treasure Bolling


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Claim man tried to threaten elderly woman

A 46-year-old Brighton Park man was charged with assault after he allegedly followed a 70-year-old woman in a threatening manner and told her to marry him.

Francisco Mastache, of the 4400 block of South Sawyer, was arrested in the 4400 block of
Francisco Mastache
South Keeler at 6:10 a.m. Monday, July 2 after witnesses reportedly detained him until police arrived.


A charge of urinating on the public way was added after he allegedly relieved himself when police arrived. He is due in court at 51st and Wentworth on July 30.

According to public records, Mastache has been arrested 12 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. In May, he was charged with attempted robbery after he allegedly tried to steal a 67-year-old Archer Heights woman’s purse and bag of groceries.




Charge man with unwanted entrance into relative’s house
Dario Rodriguez


A 25-year-old West Lawn man was charged with criminal trespass to a residence after he allegedly entered a relative’s home in the 5900 block of South Kildare at about 1:30 p.m. Thursday, June 28.

Dario Rodriguez, of the 5900 block of South Tripp, was due in court at 555 W. Harrison the following day.

According to public records, Rodriguez has been arrested 14 times by CPD since 2014, on such charges as aggravated assault, battery, reckless conduct, retail theft, criminal trespass to land, criminal trespass to vehicles and criminal damage to property.





More women busted in sweep of Cicero Ave.

Two more women have been arrested in what appears to be a police sweep of streetwalking
Theresa Simadis
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 roadway was 46-year-old Theresa M. Simadis, of the 6300 block of West 93rd Street, Oak Lawn.

According to police, at 9:48 p.m. Friday, June 29, she was arrested in front of 4714 S. Kilpatrick after she was “observed by police flagging down cars with male occupants in an attempt to solicit a ride.”

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


According to police, at 9:48 p.m. Friday, June 29, she was arrested in front of 4714 S. Kilpatrick after she was “observed by police flagging down cars with male occupants in an attempt to solicit a ride.”

According to public records, Gonzalez has been arrested five times by CPD since 2016, on such charges as retail theft, criminal trespass to vehicles and possession of a controlled substance.








Charge man with drinking in public

A 53-year-old Central Stickney man was charged with drinking alcohol on the public way
Laurencio Primera
after he was reportedly found drinking a can of beer in front of 5528 S. Nashville at 3:54 p.m. Saturday, June. 30.


Laurencio Primera, of the 5000 block of South Central, was arrested by officers responding to a “man down” call. He is due in court at 51st and Wentworth on Aug. 14.

According to public records, Primera has been arrested by CPD five times since 2014, on such charges as disorderly conduct and urinating in public.







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