Friday, May 3, 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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Woman robbed, carjacked at McDonald’s
A 35-year-old Brighton Park woman reported that she was robbed and carjacked as she parked her car in the lot at the McDonald’s at 4704 S. Cicero at about 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 24. The victim told police she had just put the vehicle in “park” and was getting out when two men quickly approached. One pulled her out of the vehicle, and both jumped in and sped away south on Cicero. They were described as black men age 20-25. One stood about six feet tall and weighed about 150 pounds, with black hair in braids and a medium complexion. He wore a dark blue sweater and khaki pants. The other offender was about 6-foot-5 and 170 pounds, with a medium complexion. The stolen vehicle is a red, four-door 2005 Nissan Pathfinder. The victim’s Michael Kors purse was in the car. The victim said it contained $800 cash, as well as credit cards, ID cards, a work permit and other items.

Robbed of his pants, shoes, phone, keys, wallet
A 26-year-old West Elsdon man was beaten and robbed as he walked towards his vehicle in the 5800 block of South Karlov at 12:45 a.m. Thursday, April 25. The victim told police that a vehicle pulled alongside, the passenger got out and said, “Look down. Drop your phone and keys.” When the victim looked up, he saw a gun in his face. The robber punched him in the head and demanded that he look down. The offender then stole the victim’s Adidas athletic pants and shoes, his cellphone, car keys and wallet. The gunman then jumped back into the vehicle—a four-door white sedan—which sped away. The gunman and the three other occupants of the sedan were described only as Hispanic men.

Shots fired at man and his girlfriend
An 18-year-old Garfield Ridge man said that a gunman fired shots at him and his girlfriend, a 19-year-old Vittum Park woman, as they rode in his SUV at 8:44 p.m. Wednesday, April 24 in the 5400 block of South Narragansett. Police were alerted to the crime by a ShotSpotter report of 10 rounds fired. The victim told them he had just picked up his girlfriend and was driving back to his house when he noticed a dark Chevy Camaro following them. He said that near his home, he stopped his SUV and got out to confront those in the Camaro. He said that someone in the car fired at him and his vehicle and then sped away south on Narragansett and then west on Archer. The victim got back in his SUV and sped away east; but he later returned to the scene. There was no description of the shooter. Police said they hoped to review surveillance footage from a nearby business.

Tried to run me down, crossing guard says
A 33-year-old crossing guard reported that a woman driving a white 2016 Kia tried to run her over while she was crossing children in front of Columbia Explorers Academy, 4520 S. Kedzie, at about 8 a.m. Wednesday, April 24. The victim, a Sleepy Hollow resident, said that after the incident, the driver made a U-turn, came back and said, “You better watch your back,” to the crossing guard. The motorist then parked nearby and stared at the crossing guard. When a police vehicle passed by, the motorist drove off, the crossing guard added. The motorist was described as a Hispanic woman age 25-30, with long black hair and a light complexion.

Charge South Sider with armed robbery
Mario Williams

A 30-year-old South Side man was charged with four counts of armed robbery after he was arrested at 11:34 a.m. Thursday, April 18 at 54th and Harding--24 minutes after he allegedly robbed the Boost Mobile store at 5101 S. Cicero.

Mario T. Williams, of the 3500 block of South Rhodes, was “identified in two separate armed robberies where he produced a handgun and demanded property,” a CPD spokesman said.

On May 1 at the CAPS Beat 815/821 meeting, a CPD official said that Williams had actually robbed four stores--three of them outside the Eighth District. The official added that merchandise from the Boost Mobile store was found with Williams.

Williams is currently held without bond by the Cook County Department of Corrections and is due in court on May 17. According to public records, Williams was arrested by CPD last year on the West Side and charged with unlawful use of a weapon by a convicted felon.

Barking dog helps thwart home invasion
A barking dog may have helped thwart a man trying to break into a house in the 5500 block of South Kenneth at 10:53 p.m. Thursday, April 25. A 19-year-old man who was home at the time said that when he heard his dog barking and facing a back window, he went to investigate and saw a man outside, trying to open a window. When he saw the teen, the would-be home invader ran away through an adjacent alley. He was described as a Hispanic man age 18-20, about 5-foot-5 and 115 pounds with a light complexion. He had tattoos on his neck and face.

Traffic dustup ends with gun threat
A 48-year-old Clearing motorist reported that someone threatened him with a handgun after a traffic dispute that occurred at 63rd and Oak Park at 8:55 a.m. Tuesday, April 23. The victim told police that the offender pointed a pistol at his and said that if his vehicle had bumped his, “You woulda ate this bullet.” The offender then sped away west on 63rd Street in a black Jeep Cherokee with Chicago Police Memorial Foundation plates, the victim said. The offender was described as a Hispanic man age 30-35 with brown eyes, black hair and an olive complexion.

Summit man hit with DUI rap
Alejandro Barrera

A 25-year-old Summit man was charged with two counts of DUI, as well as failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to carry a driver's license and operating a motor vehicle without insurance.

Alejandro Barrera, of the 5300 block of South Hunt, was apprehended by Chicago Police in the 7100 block of West 63rd Place at 9:55 p.m. Wednesday, April 17--about a block away from where he allegedly crashed his vehicle into at least one parked vehicle, police said.

Charge Naperville man with criminal damage to property
Jeremy Guillen

A 28-year-old Naperville man was charged with two counts of criminal damage to property after he was arrested in the 5400 block of South New England at 5:52 a.m. Sunday, April 21.

Jeremy F. Guillen, of the 1700 block of Tamahawk Lane, allegedly “damaged the victim's screen door and broke two metal pieces off the door,” a CPD spokesman said.

Seventh arrest since 2014
Cesar Barrera

A 24-year-old man was charged with driving on a revoked license after police curbed his vehicle in the 5700 block of South Archer at 9 p.m. Tuesday, April 16.

Cesar E. Barrera was apprehended without incident.

According to public records, Barrera has been arrested seven times by CPD since 2014 on charges that included reckless conduct, drinking alcohol on the public way and domestic battery.

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