Sunday, April 7, 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 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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Beaten by gangbangers, man says
A 22-year-old West Lawn man was beaten and robbed as he walked down a sidewalk neat 67th and Kildare at about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 26. The victim, interviewed by police at Little Company of Mary Hospital, said three men approached, hollered gang slogans and hit him in the face with a baseball bat. They stole his cellphone and wallet, which he said contained $120 cash and other items. The offenders sped away north on Kildare in a brown, two-door pickup truck. They were described only as Hispanic men about age 21, 5-foot-6 tall.

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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 Beats 813 or 833 (see map) make plans to attend your next CAPS meeting, set for 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 23 at West Lawn Park, 4233 West 65th Street. 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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Shot at while in his car in alley
A 23-year-old Hearst area man was shot at as he sat in his car as it was parked in an alley behind 4458 S. Knox at 12:07 a.m. Thursday, March 28. Police responding to a ShotSpotter report of seven shots fired, police encountered the victim, who said he was in his car when the shooting occurred. When he heard shots, he ducked down and therefore did not see the shooter. His car had bullet holes in the front and rear windows, as well as damage to the roof. A witness told police that a white Cadillac sedan was seen speeding away from the scene after shots were fired. Police recovered shell casings from the alley.

Charged with trying to run down another man
Cristian Cabrera

A 20-year-old West Lawn man was charged with reckless conduct after he allegedly tried to use a vehicle he was driving to run over another 20-year-old man on the street near 70th and Lawndale.

Cristian O. Cabrera, of the 6200 block of South Karlov, was arrested at the scene at 5:47 p.m. Friday, March 22 by police who said they witnessed it.

Also arrested at the scene and charged with aggravated assault was 28-year-old Josue Gurrola, of the 7200 block of South Millard, who allegedly waved a gun at one of the two 20-year-olds. Police did not elaborate.
Josue Gurrola

According to public records, Cabrera has been arrested four times by CPD since 2017, on charged that included domestic battery, aggravated assault and criminal trespass to a vehicle.

Arrest man who allegedly punched woman in face
Jose Quiroz

A 25-year-old Clearing man was charged with domestic battery after he allegedly punched a 25-year-old woman in the face, repeatedly, at about 10:53 a.m. Saturday, March 23 at his home in the 6200 block of South McVicker.

Jose Quiroz was arrested without incident, said a CPD spokesman, who added that the victim suffered bruising and swelling on her face.

According to public records, Quiroz was arrested by CPD in 2015 near 62nd and Austin and charged with unlawful possession of a firearm by a street gang member.



Bust man on weapons, stolen car charges
Enrique Rodriguez

An 18-year-old Scottsdale man was charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, possession of a stolen vehicle and leaving the scene of an accident after he was arrested in the 4600 block of West 79th Street at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 20.

Enrique E. Rodriguez, of the 7700 block of South Karlov, allegedly “crashed a stolen vehicle he was driving and then fled,” a CPD spokesman said. “Officers also recovered a firearm from the vehicle that [Rodriguez] was driving.”

Barking dog have saved the day
A barking dog may have interrupted a burglary at a home in the 3700 block of West 62nd Street at 6:17 p.m. Thursday, March 28. The victim, a 56-year-old man, told police that his sons were home at the time of the crime and heard someone trying to pry open the front door. At some point, the would-be home invader gave up and left, possibly deterred by the family dog, which was barking. No entry was made, but the door and frame were damaged. There was no description of the suspect.

Claim man swiped wine from garage

A 51-year-old Chicago Lawn man was charged with burglary after he allegedly entered a
Charles Burnett
garage in the 3500 block of West 62nd Place and stole two bottles of wine from a refrigerator.

Charles Burnett, of the 6300 block of South Claremont, was apprehended by police scouring the area after the crime was reported by the victim, a 45-year-old woman, at 8:37 p.m. Tuesday, March 26. Burnett was transported back to the garage, where he was positively identified by the victim, police said.

The victim said she walked out to her garage after a burglar alarm was triggered. She said she saw Burnett taking items from a refrigerator; and frightened, she told Burnett to take what he wanted an leave. The two bottles of wine were recovered, police added. According to public records, Burnett has been arrested four times before by CPD, since 2014, on various charges.

Unlocked garage is scene of burglary
Burglars entered an unlocked garage in the 3700 block of West 61st Street, entered an unlocked vehicle inside and stole a pair of subwoofers. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 50-year-old man, at about 4 a.m. Tuesday, March 26.

Compressor, bike stolen from garage
Burglars forced open the door of a garage in the 3800 block of West 61st Place and stole an air compressor and a bicycle. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 28-year-old man, at 6:15 a.m. Tuesday, March 26.

Woman reportedly threatens Water Dept. workers
Two employees of the Chicago Department of Water Management told police that a woman threatened them as they worked in the 8000 block of South Tripp at about 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 25. The workers said that a woman came out of a house and demanded that they move their truck. When they replied that they would when they were finished, the woman reportedly hollered, “Move the f~cking truck or I’m going to get my gun!” When police arrived and knocked on the door of the home, a woman inside reportedly hollered, “Get your asses off my f~cking porch!” Police then left, advising the city workers to call again, if necessary.

Zacatacos hit by burglars
Burglars forced open the rear door of Zacatacos, 3949 W. 71st St., and stole more than $900 cash. The crime was discovered by police responding to a burglar alarm at 1:58 a.m. Monday, March 25.

Burglar uses brick to smash way into liquor store
A burglar used a brick to smash the glass in the front doors of Gee-Jay Liquors, 8550 S. Pulaski, enter and steal an unknown amount of cash and liquors. Surveillance video showed the burglar using a screwdriver to pry open three cash registers. The crime occurred at 6:04 a.m. Saturday, March 23. The burglar was described only as a white man age 40-50, wearing a brown jacket.

Robbed while walking their dog
Two West Lawn teenagers walking their dog were robbed at gunpoint on a sidewalk in the 7200 block of South Ridgeway at 4:50 p.m. Saturday, March 23. The victims, ages 18 and 15, told police that a man walked up to them and demanded valuables. When they said they had none, he pulled a gun and started to search them. He grabbed their cellphones and $10 cash before running away. He was described as a black man age 18-22, about 5-foot-10 and 165 pounds, with brown eyes and a medium complexion.

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