Sunday, September 9, 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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Man robbed by men with gang tattoos
A 27-year-old South Shore man told police he was robbed at gunpoint as he waited for a CTA bus at 5500 S. Kedzie at about 3 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5. The victim told police that a trio of men walked up to him. One pulled a pistol and said, “Give me what you got.” The victim then handed over his wallet, which he claimed had $500 cash in it. The robbers were described as three Hispanic men, two of whom had the word “King” tattooed on their necks. One had “LSE” tattooed on one of his hands.

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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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Bust man on criminal damage rap
Ludwig Guiza

A 31-year-old Chicago Lawn man was charged with criminal damage to property after he was arrested by police in the 3300 block of West 62nd Place at 2:20 p.m. Monday, Sept. 3. 

Ludwig I. Guiza, of the 3500 block of West 64th Street, allegedly “damaged the property of a 60-year-old man,” according to police, who declined to elaborate.

The alleged offense took place at about 11:30 p.m. the previous night, police added. 

According to public records, Guiza has been arrested 18 times by CPD since 2014, on such charges as domestic battery, burglary, aggravated assault, possession of a controlled substance, criminal trespass to land and reckless conduct.

Bridgeview man busted again near 87th and Pulaski
Ervin Schlosser

A 51-year-old Bridgeview man was charged with domestic battery after he allegedly slapped a 36-year-old woman and pushed her to the ground in an incident at 8630 S. Pulaski at 6:50 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 1.

Ervin H. Schlosser, of the 8100 block of South Octavia, was arrested at the scene.

Police said the victim suffered a cut to her forehead but declined medical attention. 

According to public records, Schlosser has been arrested six times by CPD since 2017—five near 87th and Pulaski—on charges that include battery, criminal trespass to state land and obstruction of traffic by a non-motorist.

Masked burglars hit cellphone store
A trio of masked burglars used a paver stone to smash the glass window of the front door of Boost Mobile, 5741 S. Harlem, enter and steal merchandise. The crime occurred at 3:01 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5. When the glass was shattered, an alarm was triggered; and the owner was on the premises within two minutes. When the burglars saw his vehicle’s headlights, they fled out the back door and ran across the alley and into a yard at 5736 S. Neva. Police arrived minutes later but did not find the offenders. Stolen were four cellphones, five Bluetooth headsets, 10 wireless chargers and 10 cellphone car mounts. All three burglars wore gloves and put the stolen merchandise into black plastic bags. Because they were masked, descriptions were vague.

Arrest Garfield Ridge man on gun charge
Mateusz Szwab

A 21-year-old Garfield Ridge man was charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon after he allegedly carried a revolver without a CCW license or FOID card on the street near 53rd and Sayre at 5:54 p.m. Monday, Sept. 3.

Mateusz Szwab, of the 5200 block of South Rutherford, was apprehended by officers responding to a “person with a gun” call.

Police said that when Szwab saw them coming, he hid the gun under some rocks.

Police said they retrieved the gun and Szwab admitted it was his.

Burglars leave Popeye’s empty-handed
Burglars smashed the glass window of a side door at Popeye’s, 4431 S. Archer, but apparently failed to steal anything—although they damaged two cash registers, a laptop computer and a video monitor. According to a burglar alarm that was triggered, the crime occurred at 3:58 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 6.

Ten months later, charged with weapons violation
Osiel Arrellano

A 28-year-old West Lawn man was charged with misdemeanor unlawful use of a weapon after police arrested him at 10:40 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4 near his home in the 6000 block of South Keeler.

Osiel Armando Arrellano was charged in connection with a Nov. 14, 2017 shooting on the 3000 block of West 53rd Street, in which he was the victim, hit several times.

Police said they recovered a pistol from him at the scene but did not charge him with a crime at that time, because of his injuries.

Arrellano is due in court on Sep. 25. According to public records, Arrellano was arrested near 46th and Kedzie on Aug. 30 and charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.

Cash, jewelry and more swiped from home
Burglars forced open the back door of a home in the 5100 block of South Kildare and stole assorted jewelry, an estimated $2,000 cash, passports and Social Security cards. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 51-year-old man, at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6.

Charge man with drug possession
Erik Gonzalez

A 24-year-old Chicago Lawn man was charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance after police arrested him in the 5900 block of South Pulaski at 10:52 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31.

Erik Gonzalez, of the 3500 block of West 60th Street, “was observed using suspect narcotics in his vehicle on the public way,” a CPD spokesman said.

Police declined to say what the substance was.

Garage on Kilpatrick burglarized
Burglars forced open the service door of a garage in the 4500 block of South Kilpatrick and stole a tool set, two floor jacks, a jump starter, a breaker bar and a drill bit. They also entered an unlocked vehicle parked inside and stole a wallet that contained two credit cards, two debit cards and other items. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 50-year-old woman, at 6:50 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 6.

Traffic crash leads to drug charge
Jose de Jesus Sandoval

A 28-year-old West Elsdon man was charged with possession of a controlled substance after he was involved in a traffic crash at 7159 S. Cicero at 9:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2.

Jose de Jesus Sandoval, of the 4500 block of West 56th Street, was apprehended after he “was found to be in possession of three baggies of suspect cocaine,” a CPD spokesman said. “He was transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center, and four more plastic bags were recovered from his person,” the spokesman added.

According to public records, Sandoval has been arrested six times by CPD since 2016, on such charges as unlawful use of a weapon and possession of a controlled substance.

Bike, school supplies taken from garage
Burglars entered the service door of a garage in the 6100 block of West 63rd Place and stole a bicycle and a bag of school supplies. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 22-year-old man, at 2:50 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5.

Bust men in vehicle stolen from Iowa
Jamal Perry

Two 26-year-old men were charged with criminal trespass to a vehicle after they were found to be a stolen vehicle at 3914 S. Western at 10:40 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25.

Jamal D. Perry, of the 1000 block of North Lawndale, and Devinity J. Reynolds, of Coralville, Iowa, were arrested at the scene.

The vehicle was reportedly stolen from a person in Iowa.

According to public records, Perry has been arrested three times by CPD since 2015, on charges that include robbery and violation of parole for contact with a gang member.
Devinity Reynolds

Another two arrested in sweep of Cicero Avenue

Two more people have been arrested in what appears to be a police sweep of streetwalking
Kemia Pugh
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 solicitation of a ride on a public roadway was 19-year-old Kemia C. Pugh, of the 2900 block of East 99th Street.

She was arrested at 7:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 3 at 4700 S. Keating.

A CPD spokesman said that Pugh “was observed flagging down cars, trying to solicit a ride.”

• Charged with solicitation of a ride on a public roadway was 26-year-old Jatonne Q.
Jatonne Dismukes
Dismukes, of Milwaukee.

She was arrested at 6:53 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 2 at 4835 S. Cicero.

A CPD spokesman said that Pugh was observed flagging down cars, trying to solicit a ride.

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