Wednesday, August 29, 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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Bust Indiana man for sexual assault of a child
Keishawn Jeffries

A 22-year-old Indiana man was charged with predatory criminal sexual assault of a minor less than 13 years old after he was arrested at 1:15 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18 in the 3900 block of West 75th Place.

Keishawn D. Jeffries, of Lafayette, “was identified by the victim as the individual who engaged in inappropriate behavior with a minor,” according to a CPD spokesman, who offered no other details.

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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, September 5 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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North Sider busted in alleged baseball bat attack
Francisco Bravo

A 23-year-old North Side man was charged with battery and aggravated assault after he allegedly hit a 29-year-old man with a baseball bat and the punched him in the face. 

Francisco A. Bravo, of the 3900 block of West Roscoe, was arrested at 10:55 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22 at 3810 W. 59th St.

Police said that Bravo “also attempted to strike a 30-year-old man with him with the bat, but missed. The victims were able to restrain [Bravo] until officers arrived.”

According to public records, Bravo has been arrested five times by CPD since 2014, on such charges as domestic battery and criminal damage to property.

Woman robbed on sidewalk
A 20-year-old West Lawn woman was robbed by two men as she walked down a sidewalk in the 6700 block of South Kostner at 7:05 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 26. The victim told police that one man grabbed her arm and said, “Gimme your phone.” The victim complied and also handed over $65 cash. The second bandit then said, “Don’t call the cops. We know where you live.” Both robbers then ran away north. They were described as Hispanic men age 25-30, about 5-foot-9 and 160 pounds with brown eyes, black hair and olive complexions. One had his hair in a Mohawk.

Claim man refused to leave woman’s yard
Jordan Villalobos

A 28-year-old Colorado man was charged with criminal trespass to land after he allegedly refused to leave the yard of a home in the 5800 block of South Newland.

Jordan Hugh Villalobos, of Denver, was arrested at 9:57 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10.

The victim told police she told Villalobos to leave her property multiple times.

Police did not say if Villalobos was in the front or back yard.

Bust man after he allegedly checked vehicle doors
Omar Juma

A 27-year-old Clearing man was charged with a misdemeanor “violation of anti-theft laws,” police said, after he was arrested at 3:38 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 19 at 47th and Lamon.

Omar Juma, of the 6500 block of West 63rd Street, was allegedly trying door handles of parked vehicles, as well as looking into them.

Police were alerted to the situation by an 18-year-old Clearing man—a member of the new Midway Watch civilian crime patrol--who called 911 to report the situation. The victim, a 45-year-woman who lives in the 4700 block of South Laporte, signed a complaint against Juma—as did the Midway Watch member.

According to public records, Juma has been arrested 10 times by CPD since 2014, on such charges as reckless conduct, possession of a controlled substance, aggravated assault and domestic battery. A law enforcement source described Juma as a gang member. The arrest came one day before Juma’s 28th birthday.

Burglars smash window of electronics store
Burglars broke the front window of Exclusive Wireless, 3226 W. 87th St., and stole 30 ear pods, 12 cellphones and a laptop computer. The crime was discovered by a manager, a 25-year-old man, and reported to police at 10:25 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22. Video surveillance showed that the crime occurred at 1:51 a.m.

Garage on Keating burglarized
Burglars forced open the service door of a garage in the 4900 block of South Keating and stole two drills, a toolbox with tools, four tires and rims and a stereo speaker. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 36-year-old man, at 6:40 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 25.

Jewelry swiped from home on Long
Burglars entered the rear window of a home in the 5100 block of South Long and stole assorted jewelry. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 57-year-old woman, at about 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25.

Went out to dinner, return to burglary
Burglars entered the front window of a home in the 5800 block of South Tripp and stole assorted jewelry, a TV, two iPad Minis, a baby toy and three packages from The crime was discovered by the victims, a 30-year-old woman and her husband when they came home from dinner at about 4:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24.

Jewelry, cash missing in Kildare burglary
Burglars entered the rear window of a home in the 5300 block of South Kildare and stole assorted jewelry and about $800 cash. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 55-year-old man, at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24.

Window AC unit pushed aside in burglary
Burglars pushed aside a window-unit air conditioner, entered a home in the 3700 block of West 54th Street and stole a watch and an undisclosed amount of gold jewelry. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 44-year-old man, at about 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22.

Rear window is entry point for burglars
Burglars forced open the rear window of a home in the 4800 block of South Laporte and stole a TV, assorted gold jewelry, a PlayStation 4 video game console and an Apple iWatch. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 43-year-old man, at about 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22.

Electronics stolen from home on Tripp
Burglars opened the side window of a house in the 5800 block of South Tripp and stole a laptop computer, a TV, three video game consoles and a virtual reality headset. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 27-year-old woman, at 6:43 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22.

Tools, fishing gear taken from garage
Burglars forced open the service door of a garage in the 5700 block of South Archer and stole assorted power tools and fishing gear. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 31-year-old woman, at 6:45 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22.

Claim Yards woman carried cannabis
Kaylanie Wierzba

A 20-year-old Back of the Yards woman was charged with possession of cannabis after a traffic stop that occurred at 11:22 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11 in the 6300 block of West 51st Street.

Kaylanie Wierzba, of the 5400 block of South Hermitage, also was ticketed for not wearing a seatbelt.

Police did not disclose how much cannabis they reportedly found in the vehicle.

According to public records, Wierzba was arrested at her home last month and charged with harassing another person over the phone.

Another person busted in sweep of Cicero Avenue
Telicia Carter

Another person has been arrested in what appears to be a police sweep of streetwalking sex workers, panhandlers 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 prostitution was 46-year-old Telicia Carter, of Milwaukee. She was arrested at 9:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17 at 4951 S. Cicero. Police were conducting a prostitution mission in the above area when Carter “approached a vehicle and offered to perform sexual acts in return for cash,” a CPD spokesman said.

Bust four near 87th and Pulaski
Michelle Broderick

Four people were arrested at 87th and Pulaski at 10:55 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 11 and charged with obstruction of a roadway by a non-motorist. They are:

• Michelle Broderick, 50, of the 8800 block of South Ryan, Hometown. According to public records, Broderick has been arrested four times by CPD since 2015—three times near 87th and Pulaski.

• Ervin Schlosser, 51, of the 8100 block of South Octavia, Bridgeview. According to public
Ervin Schlosser
records, Schlosser has been arrested five times by CPD since 2017—four near 87th and Pulaski.

• James Crouse, 58, of the 8700 block of South Sproat, Oak Lawn. According to public records, Crouse has been arrested twice this year by CPD—both times near 87th and Pulaski.

• Thomas Bialka, 57, of the 12800 block of South Paulina, Blue Island. According to public records, Bialka has been arrested three times by CPD since 2016—all near 87th and Pulaski.

James Crouse

Thomas Bialka

• Charged with the same misdemeanor but in an unrelated situation was Bridgeview
Waseem Benyyssen
resident Waseem Mohamad Benyyssen, 28, of the 7700 block of South Oconto. He was arrested at 6301 S. Harlem at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14. Police said he “was walking in the roadway between vehicles, impeding the flow of traffic and being an obstruction in the roadway…vehicles had to swerve to avoid striking him.”

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