Friday, November 16, 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 shot and killed in Hearst area
A 24-year-old Hearst area man was shot and killed as he stood on a sidewalk in the 4600 block of South Lamon at 7:10 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11. Jordan L. Conley “sustained multiple gunshot wounds to the chest and abdomen,” police said. “The offender approached the victim on foot and began firing gun shots in the victim’s direction.” Police offered no description of the suspect, who fled the scene. No one is in custody. Conley was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 7:56 p.m.

Waiting for a friend, shot in leg in Hearst area
A 28-year-old Englewood man was shot in the left leg as he sat in a car parked in the 4500 block of South Lawler at 12:38 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 11. After he was shot, the victim drove away and was later met by police near 25th and California. He said he had been waiting for someone when he heard several shots fired and felt pain in his leg. He was taken by CFD ambulance to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was listed in serious condition. Police noted two bullet holes in the victim’s vehicle. There was no description of the shooter.

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Want to work directly with Chicago Police to prevent crime in your neighborhood? If you live in Beat 811 (see map), come to Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church, 5550 South Merrimac, at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 20 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 in Archer Heights
A 23-year-old Vittum Park man said by a law enforcement source to be a known gang member was shot in the chest during an apparent confrontation with two rival gang members—on the street in the 4800 block of South Kostner at 8:40 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6. The victim was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center, where he was listed in serious condition. Police said they have two southwest suburban men in custody--both reputed gang members--but have not yet announced charges.

Delivery driver pursued by robbers in Garfield Ridge
A 36-year-old West Side man working as a delivery driver for Amazon narrowly escaped being robbed in a crime that occurred on the streets of Garfield Ridge at about 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8. The victim told police he was making a delivery in the 5900 block of South Major when a gray BMW with four men inside pulled up. The driver got out, grabbed his waistband (as if to imply he had a weapon) and said, “Get the f~ck out.” The victim did not comply, but instead sped away in his delivery van—south to 60th Street and then west to Monitor, where he headed north. The BMW pursued at a high rate of speed, heading through a construction site, jumping a curb and hitting a retaining wall made of landscaping bricks. The victim abandoned his van in an alley in the 5900 block of South Austin. The BMW broke off the chase and sped away. The victim was found hiding in the backyard of a home in the 5900 block of South Austin, police said. The would-be robbers were described only as Hispanic men age 25-30.

Suburban man robbed of cellphone in Chicago Lawn
A 50-year-old Oak Lawn man was robbed as he stood on a corner of 60th and Kedzie at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6. The victim told police that a man walked up and snatched away his cellphone. When the victim confronted the robber and said, “Give me back my cellphone, motherf~cker,” the offender pulled a knife. The victim backed off and said, “OK, keep the phone. I’ll see you again.” The robber then ran away through an alley. He was described as a Hispanic man age 32-35, about 5-foot-10 and 190 pounds, with brown eyes, short black hair and a light complexion.

Ashburn resident charged with employee theft
An Ashburn woman was arrested and charged with employee theft after Chicago Ridge police were called to investigate missing money from Kohl’s in Chicago Ridge Mall. Khila Jones, 21, of the 3700 block of West 78th Street, was arrested and charged with employee theft after police were called by Kohl’s Loss Prevention in reference to a theft complaint that took place at the store between Oct. 27 and Nov. 7. During that time, the suspect had allegedly taken about $1,841.30 from registers. Jones, according to police, made statements to Kohl’s Loss Prevention as well as Chicago Ridge police admitting to stealing the money. Police then took Jones into custody and transferred her to the station for processing. She is charged with theft of over $500, a felony.

Home invader fails to gain entry in Garfield Ridge
A burglar tried but failed to break into a home in the 5300 block of South Natoma at 5:38 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6. The victim, a 44-year-old woman, told police that a man walked up onto her front porch, pulled at the storm door and looked in the windows. A neighbor who witnessed the crime called 911 minutes later, but the offender was not apprehended. He was last seen walking south on Natoma, towards Archer. The incident was captured on the victim’s video surveillance system, police added. The offender was described as a black man about 5-foot-10 and 230 pounds, wearing a black skull cap, and a white jacket over a white hoody.

Ceiling fans stolen by burglars in West Elsdon
Burglars kicked in the back door of a home in the 5200 block of South Kostner and stole two TVs, two ceiling fans, a pair of designer shoes and assorted children’s clothes. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 54-year-old woman, when she returned from shopping at 4:15 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9.

TV set stolen in Vittum Park home burglary
Burglars entered the side window of a home in the 4700 block of South Lamon and stole a TV set. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 61-year-old woman, at about 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9.

Tools taken in Clearing garage burglary
Burglars kicked in the service door of a garage in the 5400 block of West 64th Street and stole assorted tools. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 32-year-old man, at about 9 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7.

Burglars may have failed at Archer Heights home
Burglars forced open the front door of a house in the 4600 block of South Keeler, but it was initially unclear if anything was stolen. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 55-year-old woman, at about 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Lift stolen from school construction site
Burglars broke into the construction site of the new Dore Elementary School, 7134 W. 65th St., and stole a Sky Jack platform lift valued at $10,000. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 50-year-old man, at about 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6—four days after he last saw it and locked it.

Side door is burglars’ access
Burglars forced open the side door of a home in the 4300 block of West Marquette Road and stole a TV, an iPad, assorted jewelry, two purses, assorted credit cards and other valuables. The crime was reported by the victim, a 50-year-old man, at 1:35 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4.

Bust Stickney man on graffiti rap in Garfield Ridge
Jose Vazquez

A 32-year-old Stickney man was charged with criminal defacement of property and vandalism after he was arrested at 4:29 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, near the optometry shop at 6322 S. Archer.

Jose Vazquez, of the 4200 block of South Harlem, allegedly used paint to deface a building's exterior with graffiti. A CPD spokesman said the graffiti was not gang related and would not confirm that it was the optometry shop, only saying it was a building at 6322 S. Archer.

According to public records, Vazquez was arrested by CPD on a similar charge in October, in the 400 block of North Lake Shore Drive.

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