Friday, September 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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Wrightwood man shot in drive-by
A 37-year-old Wrightwood man was in critical condition at Advocate Christ Medical Center after he was shot in the neck, leg and hand while driving his vehicle in front of 8159 S. Sawyer at 7:23 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1. The victim and his friend, a 25-year-old Ashburn woman who was a passenger in the vehicle, were found by police at the Citgo gas station at 82nd and Kedzie. The shooters were described only as black men firing from a teal-colored Cadillac. No one is in custody.

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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, September 12 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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Reputed gang member shot on 51st Street
A 25-year-old Brighton Park said by a law enforcement source to be a gang member was shot in the hand and upper back as he stood in a driveway in the 3800 block of West 51st Street at 10:15 p.m. The victim told police he was using jumper cables to try and start his girlfriend’s car when a four-door, white Honda Civic pulled up. Two masked gunmen jumped out and opened fire. The victim told police he heard about 20 gunshots before the shooters sped away.

Charge man with domestic battery
Manuel Alfaro

A 24-year-old man was charged with domestic battery when he was apprehended at 9:43 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, in the 5900 block of South Normandy.

Police refused to release other details about the apprehension of Manuel Alfaro.

According to public records, Alfaro was also arrested and charged with domestic battery in 2014, at the same address on Normandy.

Charge Brighton Park man with Vittum Park theft
Kenneth Potempa

A 43-year-old Brighton Park man was charged with theft and criminal trespass to a vehicle after he was arrested in the 4700 block of South Lawler at 11:38 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25. 

Kenneth S. Potempa, of the 4400 block of South Christiana, was “identified as the person who entered the victim's vehicle through an unlocked door and took miscellaneous property,” according to a CPD spokesman.

Police declined to say what the property was or if it was returned.

Claim Beverly man swiped goods from Walgreens
Spencer Szarek

A 33-year-old Beverly man was charged with retail theft, obstructing identification and aggravated fleeing after he allegedly stole merchandise from the Walgreens at 5874 S. Archer at 7:26 p.m. Monday, Aug. 27.

Spencer J. Szarek, of the 10300 block of South Walden Parkway, walked out of the store with “miscellaneous items in a bag that he did not pay for,” a CPD spokesman said. 

According to public records, Szarek has been arrested five times by CPD since 2014, on such charges as assault, retail theft and possession of a controlled substance.

Bust West Lawn man for firing gun
Ruben Ortiz

A 29-year-old West Lawn man was charged with reckless discharge of a firearm at 12:35 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 23.

Ruben Ortiz, of the 6100 block of South Knox, was arrested at his home.

Police responding to a ShotSpotter detection of five gunshots encountered Ortiz, who reportedly admitted that he fired a gun.

Police took him into custody and confiscated his gun.

According to public records, Ortiz was arrested by CPD in 2016 and charged with drinking alcohol on the public way.

Convicted gun offender charged with failing to register
Enrique Napoles

A 30-year-old Ashburn man was charged with failure to register with police, after a traffic stop in front of 6017 S. Kolmar at 7:20 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25.

Enrique Napoles, of the 3800 block of West 81st Street, is required by law—as a gun offender—to register with authorities, police said.

According to public records, Napoles has been arrested five times by CPD since 2015, on such charges as battery and possession of a controlled substance. In 2013, Napoles was arrested in Norridge and charged with unlawful use of a weapon. He was convicted in a 2014 bench trial and sentenced to 18 months in prison.

Cash, clothes, shoes, iPad swiped from home
Burglars entered a home in the 5700 block of South Austin and stole an iPad, clothing and shoes, and more than $2,000 cash, according to the victim, a 38-year-old woman who came home from shopping at 5:20 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2 to find her home ransacked.

Arrest man who allegedly shoved cop at 7-Eleven
Francisco Aguilar

A 36-year-old Chicago Lawn man was charged with battery after he allegedly hit a police officer during an incident inside the 7-Eleven at 4001 W. 59th St. at 12:13 a.m. Monday, Aug. 20.

Francisco Aguilar, of the 3400 block of West 62nd Street, was taken into custody after he reportedly ignored an officer’s order to step back—and instead shoved the officer and slapped the officer’s hand.

According to public records, Aguilar has been arrested three times by CPD since 2014—once for violating an order of protection.

Garage burglar may have been curly-haired man
Burglars forced open the service door of a garage in the 4800 block of South Kilpatrick and stole an air compressor, a car jack, two jack stands and a buffer. The crime was reported to police by the victim, a 33-year-old man, at 8:15 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28. Earlier in the day, the victim’s mother said she saw a man standing outside the garage. He was described only as a white man with curly hair and a light complexion. He wore a white shirt and blue jeans.

Charge suburban man with heroin possession in park
Donald Skrzypek

A 53-year-old Broadview man was charged with possession of a controlled substance after he was arrested in Vittum Park, 5010 W. 50th St., at 11:11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25.

Donald J. Skrzypek, of the 600 block of South 24th Avenue, was stopped by police after he was reportedly spotted on park grounds after hours.

“A name check revealed an active warrant on an unrelated case, and a subsequent search of [Skrzypek] revealed a plastic bag containing a white powdery substance, suspected heroin,” a CPD spokesman said.

Burglars leave Popeye’s with nothing
Burglars used a landscaping brick to smash the glass in the side door of the Popeye’s restaurant at 5050 S. Cicero, but apparently left empty-handed. Surveillance video showed that the crime occurred at 2:56 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 28. Two burglars entered, threw a cash register to the floor and entered the manager’s office, but apparently nothing was stolen. A description of the burglars was vague.

Traffic stop leads to drug charge
Daniel Power

A 30-year-old Clearing man was charged with possession of a controlled substance after police curbed his vehicle in the 4400 block of South Cicero at 10:37 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25.

Police said they spotted Daniel Power, of the 6800 block of West 63rd Place, “making a turn without using a turn signal” and after curbing the vehicle “detected an odor of cannabis and asked the offender if he had drugs in the vehicle. The offender stated that he had weed in the car. The offender then exited the vehicle, at which time in plain view the officers observed a plastic bag with a suspected controlled substance.”

According to public records, Power has been arrested four times by CPD since 2016, on such charges as domestic battery, theft of services and criminal trespass to property.

Jewelry swiped in Garfield Ridge home heist
Burglars broke into a home in the 5900 block of South Nashville and stole assorted jewelry. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 55-year-old woman, who came home at 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28 and saw her back door wide open.

Claim man would not leave apartment building
Harrison Childress

A 26-year-old man was charged with criminal trespass to a residence after he reportedly refused to leave an apartment building in the 5500 block of South Pulaski at 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22.

Harrison Childress was reportedly found lying in the hallway of the building and refused to leave after being asked several times by a 52-year-old man who lives in the building.

Police said they have no home address for Childress.

According to public records, Childress has been arrested four times by CPD since 2014, on such charges as criminal trespass to land, criminal trespass to vehicles and criminal damage to property.

Another bust in sweep of Cicero Avenue

Another person has been arrested in what appears to be a police sweep of streetwalking
Dawn Schackart
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 36-year-old Dawn Schackart, of the 3200 block of South Wallace.

She was arrested at 5:52 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23 at 4810 W. 49th St.

A CPD spokesman said that Schackart propositioned an undercover CPD officer “to engage in sexual acts in exchange for currency.”

According to public records, Schackart has been arrested four times by CPD since 2014—twice when she was wanted on warrants and once she was allegedly soliciting a ride at 50th and Cicero.

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