Thursday, March 14, 2019

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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Tied up and robbed in her own home
A West Elsdon woman told police that three home invaders tied her up and robbed her at gunpoint in her apartment in the 3600 block of West 53rd Street at 9:15 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 28. The victim said she had just parked her car in her garage when three men walked in before she closed the overhead door. One of the men knocked her to the floor and tied her hands together with a plastic jump rope. She was ordered into her home, and she complied. The victim was then ordered to kneel on her living room carpet. She did, but then was knocked onto her stomach. The invaders ransacked her home and stole a cellphone, 10 designer purses, assorted jewelry, a pair of Givenchy boots and about $500 cash. The invaders were described as black men age 20-25, about 5-foot-10 wearing dark hoodies and pants.

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Want to work directly with Chicago Police to prevent crime in your neighborhood? If you live in and/or own a business in Beat 811 (see map) make plans to attend your next CAPS meeting, set for 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 19 at Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church, 5550 S. Merrimac. 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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Laundry manager hit by motorist
A manager of Archer and Central Coin Laundry, 5885 S. Archer, was listed in good condition at MacNeal Hospital after she was struck in the hip by the car of a motorist at the business’ parking lot. The crime occurred at 2:35 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23. The manager told police that she had approached the driver of the car to let her know that the parking was reserved for customers of the coin laundry. The motorist became combative, trying to back her vehicle into the victim, who jumped out of the way. The driver then shifted gears and the car lurched forward, striking the coin laundry manager, before speeding away on Archer. The car was described as a brown, four-door Volkswagen. Witnesses provided a plate number to police, who are investigating. The driver was described as a black woman age 40-45 with long black hair. The passenger was described as a black woman age 40-44, with short red/auburn hair.

Man charged with drug crimes
Alfonso Fierro

A 28-year-old Scottsdale man was charged with four felony drug counts involving cocaine and cannabis when he was arrested at his home in the 7900 block of South Kenneth at 8:05 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25.

Alfonso “Little A” Fierro was arrested by officers acting on a search warrant.

According to public records, Fierro has been arrested 11 times by CPD since 2015, on such charges as reckless conduct, unlawful use of a weapon by a convicted felon, violation of parole by contacting a street gang member (three times), possession of a controlled substance and criminal trespass to a vehicle.

Clearing man busted on drug rap
Raymond Boyd

A 44-year-old Clearing man was charged with manufacture/delivery of cocaine after police searched his home in the 6000 block of West 63rd Place at 12:13 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23. 

Raymond D. Boyd was apprehended by officers executing a search warrant.

A CPD official at a CAPS Beat 812 meeting on March 13 said that officers confiscated a large amount (2.5 kilos) of cocaine.

According to the Illinois Department of Corrections, Boyd was convicted of a similar drug crime in 2012 and sentenced to six years in prison at the Dixon Correctional Center. He served three years and was paroled in 2015.



Burbank man hit with DUI rap
Rafal Bryda

A 37-year-old Burbank man was charged with DUI after a traffic stop in the 8000 block of South Kostner at 7:49 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22.

Rafal Bryda, of the 8300 block of South Rutherford, also was ticketed for failure to stay in his lane and driving without insurance.

Burglars get gun, ammo in home heist
Burglars broke into a home in the 6700 block of South Komensky and stole two pistols, a rifle, assorted ammunition and $360 cash. The crime was discovered at 9:26 a.m. Monday, Feb. 25, when a home security company notified the victim, a 31-year-old man.

Barbershop burglarized
Burglars pried open the back door of Master Cutz barbershop, 3402 W. 79th St., and stole a microwave oven, an Xbox video game console, a TV and assorted barber tools and products. The crime was discovered by the shop’s manager, a 47-year-old Englewood man.

Cash, clothes stolen from apartment
Burglars broke into an apartment in the 6400 block of West 64th Place and stole $890 cash, as well as a laundry hamper and baby clothes. The crime was discovered by the building maintenance man, a 24-year-old man, at 6:39 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26. Another tenant in the building told police she had heard the victim’s caged dog barking frantically at about 8:45 a.m., but tenant did not investigate or call police.

Snow blower and more stolen from garage
Burglars broke into a garage in the 5300 block of South Newcastle and stole a snow blower, a compressor and a power washer. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 55-year-old man, at 8:50 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 28.

Heater taken in garage burglary
Burglars entered a garage in the 4800 block of South La Crosse and stole a portable heater. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 35-year-old man, at 10:50 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27.

Gardening tools stolen from shed
Burglars broke into a backyard shed in the 5300 block of South Melvina and stole assorted gardening tools. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 36-year-old man, at 8:15 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26.

Police investigate arson fire on Kilbourn
Police are investigating an apparent arson fire that destroyed the interior of a 2017 Nissan Rogue and damaged the front end of a 2007 Volvo parked next to it. The blaze occurred at 11:58 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 in the 5200 block of South Kilbourn. Both vehicles were parked on the street. The vehicle that was the apparent target belongs to a 42-year-old man who lives on the block. The other vehicle belongs to a 51-year-old Vittum Park woman. A neighbor told police she happened to be looking out her living room window at the time and saw a young man repeatedly lighting a lighter near the vehicle that went up in flames. After the vehicle went up, the man ran away through a nearby gangway.

Ski instructor charged with punching policeman
A 21-year-old ski instructor from New Hampshire was charged with aggravated battery after he alleged punched a police officer in the chest during an incident that occurred at Midway Airport at 6:27 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26. Thomas J. Way of Keene, N.H. was allegedly intoxicated and not allowed to board a Southwest Airlines flight. As police attempted to get him to a CFD ambulance for medical care, Way reportedly threw a punch. He was arrested and taken to the Chicago Lawn (8th) District station for processing.

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