Friday, August 3, 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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Claim man used brick to smash woman’s window
Carlos Ramirez

A 36-year-old Clearing man was charged with battery and criminal damage to property after police arrested him in the 6400 block of South Lorel at 12:43 a.m. Sunday, July 22.

Carlos Ramirez, of the 6400 block of South Lorel, was apprehended after a 30-year-old woman told police that Ramirez used bricks to smash the window of the back door of her home.

Police said a brick hit the victim in the chest, causing a cut from the shattered glass.

The victim refused medical attention, police added.

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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 the Clearing Branch Library, 6423 West 63rd Place, at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 8 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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Claim man choked woman, hit her with bottle
Lewis Pete Rodriguez

A 29-year-old McKinley Park man was charged with domestic battery after he was arrested in the 6000 block of West 63rd Street at 2:24 a.m. Monday, July 23.

Lewis Pete Rodriguez, of the 3600 block of South Archer, was taken into custody after he allegedly hit a 26-year-old woman in the head with a bottle and “placed his hands around her neck, leaving bruising,” police said.

The victim refused medical attention.

Three days later, Rodriguez was arrested at the same residence on 63rd Street, charged with violating an order of protection at 3:27 a.m. Thursday, July 26.

According to public records, Rodriguez has been arrested 12 times by CPD since 2014, on such charges as reckless conduct, aggravated assault, battery and a probation violation.

Cellphone store robbed at gunpoint
An armed thug robbed the United Cellular store at 8337 S. Pulaski at 3:48 p.m. Thursday, July 26, making off with an undisclosed number of cellphones. A clerk told police that the robber initially posed as a customer before jumping behind the sales counter, pulling a gun and ordering her to the back of the store. He threatened to kill her unless she complied, the victim added. She did, and the victim ran out of the store with a plastic bag filled with cellphones. The criminal was described as a black man age 20-23, about 5-foot-10 and 145 pounds, with brown eyes, short black hair and a medium complexion.

Charge Miami man with punching flight attendant
Jamie Amezola

A 37-year-old Florida man was charged with battery after he allegedly punched a 30-year-old flight attendant in the chest on a Southwest Airlines jet at Midway Airport.

Jamie Amezola, of Miami, reportedly was being escorted off the plane, which was set to depart Midway, when the incident occurred.

Flight staff told police that Amezola was being taken off the flight because he had become disruptive.

Man says he was robbed at CTA bus stop
A 27-year-old man from suburban Cicero was robbed as he stood at a CTA bus stop at the northeast corner of 63rd and Pulaski at 11:16 a.m. Sunday, July 29. The victim, said by police to be intoxicated, reported that three men walked up to him and demanded his valuables. He surrendered a debit card, a Ventra card and his cellphone. The victim described the bandits only as white men age 20-29.

Charge suburban man with attempted robbery
Ahmad Nasir

A 23-year-old Orland Park man was charged with attempted armed robbery after he was arrested in the 4600 block of West 63rd Street at 10:28 p.m. Monday, July 23.

Ahmad H. Nasir, of the 16000 block of South Laurel, “entered an establishment and began to remove items,” a police spokesman said. “An employee observed a weapon in [Nasir’s] waistband and fled the scene.”

Tries to do good deed, is robbed and carjacked instead
A 37-year-old Vittum Park man was robbed at gunpoint in his home in the 5000 block of West 52nd Street at 1:50 p.m. Sunday, July 29. The victim told police that as he unloaded groceries from his vehicle, a man walked up and said he needed to hide because he had just been robbed. The victim said he took the man into his apartment for safety; but when he did, the man pulled a pistol and robbed him of his wallet and the keys to his vehicle. The robber then fled the apartment and drove away in the victim’s 2003 Jeep Liberty. The bandit was described as a Hispanic man age 22-25, about 5-foot-9 and 160 pounds, with brown eyes, short black hair and a light complexion.

Claim Clearing man used gun in threat
Omar Juma

A 27-year-old Clearing man was charged with aggravated assault after he was arrested at 4:46 a.m. Tuesday, July 24 at 4651 W. 63rd St.

Omar Juma, of the 6500 block of West 63rd Street, was identified as the man who “produced a firearm and threatened a male victim” on July 18 in the 8300 block of South Kostner.

Police declined to release additional details.

According to public records, Juma has been arrested eight times by CPD since 2014, on such charges as reckless conduct, possession of a controlled substance, aggravated assault and domestic battery.

Claim man used pipe to threaten others
Roger Dziadkowiec

A 59-year-old Chicago Lawn man was charged with aggravated assault after he allegedly used a metal pipe to threaten employees and customers of Archer/Central Coin Laundry, 5885 S. Archer, at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 25.

Roger T. Dziadkowiec, of the 3100 block of West 71st Street, was taken into custody across the street from the coin laundry, after he was pointed out by an assistant manager.

Charge two women with theft by deception
Two South Side women were charged with theft by deception after they were detained at Midway Airport at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 24. Aline L. Riddle, 22, of the 1600 block of E. 68th St.; and Brandi T. S. Darling, 24, of the 7100 block of S. Union, allegedly each deposited a check electronically and then later attempted to cash the same check at a different business establishment. Police refused to name the establishment.

Cash, jewelry swiped from home
Burglars forced open the rear window of a home in the 5100 block of South Laporte and stole $500 cash, a gold wedding band and seven gold bracelets. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 50-year-old man, at 11:30 p.m. Saturday, July 28.

Tools taken from garage
Burglars broke into a garage in the 7800 block of South Kilpatrick and stole assorted tools. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 42-year-old man, at 5 a.m. Saturday, July 28.

Claim Wrightwood man gave fake name to police
Mike Thomas

A 28-year-old Wrightwood man was charged with obstructing identification after he was stopped by police in the 5500 block of South Rutherford at 9:45 a.m. Thursday, July 26. 

Mike Thomas, of the 7900 block of South Talman, was apprehended by police responding to a “suspicious person” call. Police were told that Thomas “was in the alley, looking through fences as if to break into garages,” a CPD spokesman said.

When he was detained, he allegedly gave police a false name and date of birth.

Police also said that Thomas was wanted on three different warrants, although they declined to disclose the nature of the warrants or the jurisdictions that issued them.

Charge Woodlawn man with blocking cars near 63rd and Cicero
Jeffrey Wunderlich

A 57-year-old Woodlawn man was charged with obstruction of traffic by a non-motorist after he was arrested in front of 6311 S. Cicero at 6:24 p.m. Friday, July 20.

Jeffrey R. Wunderlich, of the 6100 block of South Drexel, was spotted “walking in the roadway, approaching drivers’ vehicles and asking for money,” police said.

More are busted in sweep of Cicero Ave.
Tjai S. Vesey-Conner

Two more people 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 the public way was 27-year-old Tjai S. Vesey-Conner, of Rock Island, Ill.

According to police, at about 11:50 p.m. Monday, July 23 at 47th and Kilpatrick, she was “observed walking east and west bound on 47th Street, between Pulaski and Kilpatrick, throughout the evening, soliciting rides. The offender would approach at the passenger window and engage in conversation with the driver.”

• Charged with soliciting for prostitution was 37-year-old Felix Diaz-Lopez, of the 5200 block
Felix Diaz-Lopez
of South Kostner.

According to police, at about 11:35 p.m. Thursday, July 26 at 4901 S. Cicero, officers “were conducting a mission in an area known for prostitution when [Diaz-Lopez] curbed his vehicle and agreed to pay an undercover officer to perform sexual acts. The officer gave a take signal for subject to be detained. The offender refused to sign the ANOV citation issued, and he was later taken into custody and charged accordingly.”

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1 comment:

  1. Would love to see the police more often in the archer ,lavergne area.