Sunday, November 25, 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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Reputed gang member claims he was shot in alley
A 17-year-old Garfield Ridge boy—said by police to be a gang member--reported that he was shot in the arm as he walked down an alley behind the west side of the 5300 block of South Central at 2:50 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18. The teen told police that he saw a man get out of a two-door black Cadillac and ask him if he belonged to a certain gang. He then flashed the sign of a rival gang, raised a pistol and fired twice, the teen said.  He added that the car then sped away north on Central. The victim told police that he then ran home and called a friend for a ride to MacNeal Hospital, where he was treated and listed in good condition. Police scoured the alley for clues but said they did not find evidence of a crime scene.

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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, November 27 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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Woman says she was robbed at bank ATM
A 45-year-old West Elsdon woman reported that she was robbed of $150 cash as she left the PNC Bank branch at 5075 S. Archer at 5:48 a.m. Monday, Nov. 12. The victim told police she had just withdrawn the cash from an ATM at the site when a man showed her a gun and took the cash from her. He also reportedly hollered at her in Spanish and used a metal rod to smash a window on her car. He was described as a Hispanic man age 20-30, about 5-foot-7 and 160 pounds, with brown eyes and a medium complexion.

Charge man with violating order of protection
Joseph Holubek

A 45-year-old Clearing man was charged with violating an order of protection after he was arrested at 4:10 p.m. Friday in the 6000 block of South Massasoit.

Joseph Holubek, of the 6200 block of South Nagle, was placed into custody after the victim, a 62-year-old woman, positively identified him as the person she has an order of protection against, a CPD spokesman said.

According to public records, Holubek has been arrested seven times by CPD in the past 21 months, on charges that included domestic battery (four times) and criminal trespass to land.

Claim Berwyn man touched pre-teen girl on thigh
Jose Munoz

A 28-year-old Berwyn man was charged with battery after he allegedly touched the thigh of a 12-year-old girl while he was in a vehicle with her.

Jose L. Munoz, of the 1400 block of South Scoville, was arrested at his workplace, an auto repair shop in the 5700 block of South Central, at 12:45 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8.

Police said that the incident with the girl occurred in the 6100 block of South Oak Park, at about 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28. Police also said that as Munoz touched the pre-teen’s thigh, he slipped paper money up her leg.

Police declined to explain why the arrest came more than a month after the incident.

Teen girl says man robbed her
A 14-year-old Chicago Lawn girl told police that she was robbed of her cellphone as she walked down a sidewalk in the 4400 block of West 48th Street at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15. The victim claimed that a man cursed her, knocked her to the ground and took her phone before fleeing. He was described as a Hispanic man age 30, 5-foot-2 and 130 pounds, with a medium complexion. He wore a red skull cap. The victim said she was not injured.

Woman pushed to the ground, robbed
A 50-year-old Scottsdale woman was pushed to the ground robbed as she got out of her vehicle in the 7800 block of South Kostner at 10:15 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17. The victim told police that three men in a white SUV drove up next to her vehicle. One man got out and said “Give me your purse.” He then pushed her to the ground, grabbed the purse and got back in the vehicle, which sped away south on Kostner. The victim told police that the purse contained about $250 cash, as well as credit cards and other items. She suffered minor injuries but refused medical care, police said. The robber was described as a black man about 5-foot-9 and 125 pounds, with a dark complexion. He wore a gray hoody and black pants.

Punched in the head, robbed at gunpoint
A 28-year-old Wrightwood man was punched in the head and robbed at gunpoint as he sat in his car in an alley on the east side of the 7900 block of South Kedzie, at 8:50 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17. The victim told police that two men walked up and as one held a gun to his head, the other rummaged through his vehicle. After they took his valuables, one of the robbers took his vehicle keys and flung them atop a nearby garage roof. The robbers then ran away south through the alley and west towards Kedzie. They were described as black men age 19-22, about 5-foot-8 and 140 pounds, wearing hoodies. The victim told police they stole his cellphone, a diamond ring, a gold chain and $2,300 cash. The victim refused medical care, police added.

Kindness to workers results in theft
An 82-year-old West Lawn man told police that $6,000 cash was stolen from his home after he let a worker into his home in the 3600 block of West 69th Street. The victim told police that the worker, who was part of a crew repairing his garage, said he needed access to the home to get hot water. The victim complied, leaving his back door unlocked. He later discovered the cash missing from a room in the house. The police report did not include a description of the workers.

Arrest woman for driving vehicle with stolen plates
Michelle Colburn

A 50-year-old West Side woman was charged with theft after she reportedly was discovered driving a vehicle with stolen license plates affixed.

Michelle L. Colburn, the 800 block of North Damen, was pulled over by police in the 6600 block of West 59th Street at 12:22 a.m. Monday, Nov. 5.

She also was charged with driving on a revoked license, driving without insurance and driving a vehicle without valid registration.

Golf clubs swiped from garage
Burglars broke into a garage in the 6100 block of West 63rd Street and stole four golf clubs and other items. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 70-year-old woman, at 8:32 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16.

Computer, change taken in burglary
Burglars pried open the back door of a home in the 8100 block of South Karlov and stole a jar filled with change, as well as a Google Chrome Book. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 68-year-old woman, about 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14.

Scottsdale woman charged with felony theft
A 21-year-old Scottsdale woman was charged with felony theft while working as an employee at a gas station in Chicago Ridge on Nov. 9. Aaliyah Steward, of the 8600 block of South Komensky, was charged with nine counts of felony theft at the Thornton gas station, 10557 S. Harlem, at 2:27 a.m. Police said the arrest was made after Steward turned herself in following an internal investigation by store management that found that she took $1,212 from cash registers while working there between Sept. 9 and 16. Steward is due in court on Dec. 11.

More women are busted in sweep of Cicero Avenue

Two more women have been arrested in what appears to be a police sweep of streetwalking
Amanda Zelgiewicz
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 32-year-old Amanda M. Zelgiewicz, of the 4900 block of West 49th Street.

She was arrested at 6:41 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 4 at 4815 W. 48th St.

A CPD spokesman said that Zelgiewicz “solicited an officer working in an under cover capacity, to perform acts in the sexual nature in exchange for currency.”

According to public records, Zelgiewicz has been arrested four times by CPD since 2015, on
LaShonda McClinton
charges that included possession of a controlled substance and driving on a suspended license.

• Charged with soliciting a ride on a public roadway was 35-year-old LaShonda R. McClinton, of the 8100 block of South Dorchester.

She was arrested at 6:32 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 1 at 4815 W. 49th St.

A CPD spokesman said that McClinton was spotted waving down cars.

According to public records, McClinton has been arrested four times by CPD since 2014, on charges that included prostitution.

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