Thursday, September 20, 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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Two men hit in drive-by shooting
Two men were shot as they sat on a front porch in the 3500 block of West 80th Street at about 1:45 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 16. One victim, age 29, was shot three times—once in each arm and once in the leg. The other victim, age 26, was shot in the arm. Both were transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center, where they were listed in stable condition. CPD did not provide a description of the shooter or the vehicle fired from. 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 Beats 813 or 833 (see map), come to West Lawn Park, 4233 W. 65th St., at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 25 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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Charge man with beating, robbing teenager
Manuel Robles

A 24-year-old Chicago Lawn man was charged with robbery, kidnapping and unlawful restraint after he was arrested in the 6200 block of South Francisco at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7.

Manuel D. Robles lives on the block where he was arrested.

According to police, the victim—a 17-year-old boy--“was pulled into an apartment building, battered and had his property taken by force. [Robles] struck him and then prevented him from leaving the building by holding the door closed.”

According to public records, Robles has been arrested five times by CPD since 2014, on such charges as reckless conduct, retail theft and failure to appear in court.

Man says he was robbed in alley
A 54-year-old Clearing man told police that he was robbed as he walked down an alley behind 5600 W. 63rd St. at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 23. The victim did not report the crime until Friday, Sept. 14, police said. The victim claimed he was walking home when a man walked up and asked to buy a cigarette. When the victim dug in his pocket for a cigarette, the offender punched him in the face and knocked him to the ground. The robber reportedly took the victim’s cellphone and wallet, which the victim said contained $450 cash. The robber was described only as a white man age 30-35.

Charge Archer Heights man with weapons violation
Edwin Aguero

A 24-year-old Archer Heights man was charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon after he was arrested in front of 4054 W. 47th St. at 1:12 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 9.

Edwin Aguero, of the 4000 block of West 47th Street, was found “with a handgun and magazine with live rounds,” a CPD spokesman said.

Police were at the scene after they were “flagged down by a citizen who related that shots were fired at the corner of 47th and Karlov,” the spokesman added.

According to public records, Aguero was arrested by CPD and charged with domestic battery in 2014, also on the 4000 block of West 47th Street.

Burglar swipes meat from restaurant on Archer
A burglar stole an estimated $2,000 worth of meat from Tequilla restaurant, 5728 S. Archer, over three nights—Sept. 11-13. The restaurant’s owner reported the crime to police at 11:35 a.m. Friday, Sept. 14. He said the burglar jumped a back fence and broke a lock on another fence to get at the meat—stored in coolers while the restaurant’s interior is being renovated. Video surveillance footage showed the burglar to be a white man age 35-40, about 170 pounds with a light complexion.

Say West Lawn man took woman’s unattended vehicle
Dario Rodriguez

A 25-year-old West Lawn man was charged with criminal trespass to a vehicle after he allegedly jumped into another person’s unattended vehicle and drove away at about 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10 in the 5400 block of South Archer.

Dario Rodriguez, of the 5900 block of South Tripp, was arrested after the victim, a 38-year-old woman, reported the crime and later positively identified Rodriguez, police said.

He was arrested at about 6 p.m. in front of 4300 W. 60th St.

According to public records, Rodriguez has been arrested 15 times by CPD since 2014, on such charges as aggravated assault, reckless conduct, retail theft, battery, criminal damage to property, criminal trespass to land, and defacing CTA property with graffiti.

Nothing taken in restaurant burglary
Burglars used a brick to smash the front-door glass of El Campestre restaurant, 6920 S. Pulaski, but apparently failed to steal anything of value. The crime was discovered by police responding to a burglar alarm just after 4 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 13. When the restaurant’s owner arrived at 6:30 a.m., he walked through with police and said nothing appeared to be missing. He added that his restaurant has been burglarized four times.

Police say man drove van recklessly

A 23-year-old Ford City man was charged with reckless driving and other offenses after a
Ahmad Abubakr
van he was driving was curbed by police in front of 5838 S. Pulaski at 7:59 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11.

Ahmad Abubakr, of the 4200 block of West 76th Street, was pulled over after officers “observed a white van traveling southbound on Pulaski at a high rate of speed,” a CPD spokesman said. “The vehicle continued traveling southbound, switching lanes multiple times and driving in between cars without using a turning signal. The offender also disregarded a red solid traffic light [at 57th Street].”

Police said that the license plates affixed to the van were registered to a different vehicle. 

They also cited him for driving at least 15 mph above the posted limit, which is 30 mph—but they would not say how fast the van was moving.

According to public records, Abubakr has been arrested three times by CPD since 2016, including once for aggravated assault near 79th and Cicero.

Nothing missing in home burglary
Burglars used a brick to smash the basement window of a home in the 4300 block of West 83rd Street but apparently did not steal anything.The crime was discovered by the victim, a 24-year-old woman, at 4:19 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13. The victim told police that the rear door of the home was open when she came home.

Bust suburban man for criminal trespass
Robert Gott

A 45-year-old Arlington Heights man was charged with criminal trespass to a residence after he allegedly refused to leave a home in the 5400 block of South Narragansett at about 7 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 8.

Robert M. Gott, of the 200 block of South Dunton Road reportedly had been told to leave numerous times by the home’s owner, a CPD spokesman said.

Tools and more taken in garage on Lamon
Burglars entered a garage in the 5100 block of South Lamon and stole a power washer, an air compressor, two portable heaters, three power nailers, two sets of wrenches and a car battery charger. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 35-year-old man, at 7:50 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12.

Arrest two on traffic blocking charge
Christopher Canby

Two men were charged with obstruction of traffic by a non-motorist after they were arrested by police at 5:15 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8 at 7901 S. Cicero.

Christopher E. Canby, 39, of the 10900 block of South Lloyd Drive, Worth, and Wayne R. Potenburg, 54, of the 5200 block of West 64th Place, were spotted “walking in the roadway between vehicles, begging for money and impeding the flow of traffic,” a CPD spokesman said.

According to public records, Potenberg has been arrested six times by CPD since 2014, on
Wayne Potenberg
such charges as domestic battery and possession of a controlled substance.

Canby has been arrested five times by CPD since 2014, on charges that included possession of a controlled substance.

Three more people busted in sweep of Cicero Avenue
Kaitlyn Kwak

Three more people have 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 obstruction of traffic by a non-motorist was 18-year-old Kaitlyn Rose Kwak, of the 4700 block of South Lamon.

She was apprehended at 4:37 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6 in front of 4710 S. Cicero.

Police said they spotted her panhandling from motorists at the intersection.
Aitao Luo

According to public records, Kwak was arrested for the same offense across the street, at 4711 S. Cicero, on Aug. 6. According to a published report, Kwak was charged with retail theft last March after she and a 26-year-old Bridgeview man allegedly stole merchandise from the Mariano’s in Evergreen Park. Kwak allegedly stole teeth-whitening strips worth $65

• Charged with prostitution was 37-year-old Aitao Luo, of the 4500 block of South Keating. 

She was arrested at about 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 6 on the block where she lives.

A CPD spokesman said that Luo was arrested by officers on a vice mission.

• Charged with soliciting a ride on a public roadway was 33-year-old Alicia R. Sartain, of the
Alicia Sartain
9400 Block of Waterfall Glenn, Darien.

She was arrested at about 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11 in front of 4714 S. Kilpatrick.

A CPD spokesman said that Sartain “was observed motioning at passing vehicles in an attempt to solicit a ride.”

According to public records, Sartain has been arrested 12 times by CPD since 2014, on such charges that included possession of a controlled substance

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