Monday, November 5, 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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Kansas City man says he was cut in Clearing bar 
A 40-year-old Kansas City man was treated and released from Advocate Christ Medical Center after he suffered cuts to his face during an incident that reportedly occurred at 2:10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 28 in a Clearing bar. The victim told police that he was in Duffy’s Place, 6355 S. Central, when someone blind-sided him and hit him with a beer bottle. The victim’s wife drove him back to the Hampton Inn at 65th and Cicero, where they were staying. They called Bedford Park police. There was no significant description of the offender.

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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, November 7 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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Threatened me with a knife, girlfriend says
A 26-year-old Archer Heights woman told police that her boyfriend threatened her with a knife during an argument in her home in the 5000 block of South Kilpatrick at 8:20 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27. The boyfriend, who lives in the Gage Park neighborhood, fled the residence and was not apprehended.

Teen robbed on sidewalk
An 18-year-old Ashburn man was robbed as he walked down a sidewalk in the 7700 block of South Sawyer at about 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23. The victim told police that two men walked up to him, with one poking him in the back with what felt like a gun. The other said, “Empty your pockets” and then took a cellphone from the victim’s pocket. Both me then fled. The robbers were described only as black men wearing black clothes.

Robbers make race an issue
A 22-year-old Auburn Gresham man was robbed of $10 cash as he waited for a northbound CTA bus at 79th and Western at 6:21 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27. The victim told police that three men walked up to him and one asked, “What you doing in a black neighborhood, white boy? Give me anything valuable you have.” The three then ran away north on Western. They were described as black men age 20-30, about 5-foot-7 with dark complexion. All three wore black clothing, the victim added.

Lights go on, robber runs out
A 44-year-old West Lawn man scared off a home invader at his apartment in the 3900 block of West 60th Street at 7:34 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28. The victim told police that he heard a long banging at the rear door. When he went to investigate, he noticed that the home invader was in a back bedroom. When the victim, flipped on a light switch, the invader fled. The victim pursued but was not unable to keep up. Nothing appeared to be stolen. The invader was described as a Hispanic man age 25-30, about 5-foot-9 with brown hair in a ponytail and a light complexion. He wore a dark blue hoody.

Burglars swipe electronics from unlocked church
Burglars entered the Sonido de Alabanza Church, 5098 S. Archer, and stole four speakers, three mixers and three microphones. The crime was reported to police at 11:35 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27—about 48 hours after it occurred. Police noticed that a rear window has been left unlocked.

Unlocked apartment hit by burglars
Burglars entered an unlocked apartment in the 5100 block of South Kildare and stole a TV, two laptop computers and a pair of designer sunglasses. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 51-year-old woman, at about 1:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26.

No dice for burglars trying to break into home
Burglars tried but failed to break into a home in the 6000 block of South Parkside. The crime occurred at about 11 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23 and was reported to police the following morning by the victim, a 69-year-old woman. She noticed that a basement window screen had been cut, but no entry was made into the home.

Burglary loot found in backyard
Burglars forced open the basement door of a home in the 4500 block of South Knox and stole an iPhone. The crime was discovered by the son of the victims when he came home from school at about 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24. The crime was apparently interrupted, because the son noted that his father’s welding equipment had been moved from the basement to the backyard, but was left behind.

Home invader barricades elderly woman in bedroom
A home invader kicked in the rear door of a house in the 6600 block of South Knox and stole a TV, an iPhone and assorted jewelry. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 48-year-old man, when he came home at about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24. The victim’s 72-year-old mother-in-law was home when the crime occurred. She said that when she was in her bedroom, she heard a noise and mistakenly assumed that it was her son-in-law arriving home. A short time later, a home invader peeked into her bedroom and then quickly closed the door—holding it shut by propping a chair against it.

Nothing missing in Kildare burglary
Burglars forced open the bedroom window of an apartment in the 5200 block of South Kildare and ransacked the premises, but nothing appeared to be stolen. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 36-year-old woman, at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24.

Burglar may have worn blue hoody
A burglar broke into a home in the 5600 block of South Tripp, but apparently failed to steal anything. Police responding to a burglar alarm at 10:35 a.m. Monday, Oct. 22 waited for the owner—a 48-year-old man--to arrive and then walked through the premises with him. They noted a broken curtain rod by a bathroom window. A neighbor interviewed by police said she saw a young man with a dark blue hoody walking in the alley nearby, just after the alarm sounded.

No sign of forced entry in Kolin burglary
Burglars entered a house in the 6400 block of South Kolin and stole about $2,000 cash, assorted jewelry and an iPhone. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 32-year-old woman, at 3:20 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22. There was no sign of forced entry.

Claim man threw flaming dog poop on porch
Rafael DeLuna

A 21-year-old Clearing man was charged with reckless conduct after he allegedly put a bag of flaming dog feces on a Garfield Ridge porch.

Rafael DeLuna, of the 6200 block of West 60th Street, was arrested in the 5600 block of West 55th Street at 11:10 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29, minutes after he allegedly threw the bag on a porch in the 5600 block of South Natchez and then sped away in a vehicle.

The victim, a 36-year-old man, told police that he followed the vehicle to 55th and Central, where officers arrived and apprehended DeLuna, who also was charged with driving on a suspended license.

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