Saturday, May 18, 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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Man shot in West Lawn drive-by
A 36-year-old man was in stable condition at Advocate Christ Medical Center after he was shot multiple times in the West Lawn neighborhood. Police said the victim was hit in the 7100 block of South Lawndale at 7:17 p.m. Saturday, May 4. The shooter fired from a passing vehicle. No one is in custody.

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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, May 21 at Garfield Ridge Presbyterian Church, 5550 South 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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Felon arrested on weapons, drug rap
Victor Smekal

A 30-year-old Clearing man was charged with unlawful possession of a weapon by a convicted felon after he was arrested on the street in the 5600 block of West 64th Street at 6:40 p.m. Friday, April 19.

Victor A. Smekal, of the 5800 block of West 63rd Street, was arrested by police executing a search warrant, a CPD spokesman said.

Officers reportedly found a handgun in his vehicle, as well as a quantity of cocaine on him. 

According to public records, Smekal has been arrested five times by CPD since 2014 on such charges as reckless conduct, theft and possession of a controlled substance.

Claim man punched two others in disturbance
Marco Padron-Garcia

A 32-year-old Scottsdale man was charged with two counts of aggravated battery after he allegedly punched two people, multiple times, during a domestic dispute.

Marco A. Padron-Garcia, of the 8600 block of South Kildare, was arrested in the 8500 block of South Kedvale at 7:47 a.m. Tuesday, April 23.

According to public records, Padron-Garcia has been arrested three times by CPD since 2017 on charges that included violating an order of protection and aggravated assault.

Say man punched other man in the mouth
Desmond Landrum

A 27-year-old West Elsdon man was charged with domestic battery after he allegedly punched a 26-year-old man in the mouth during a quarrel in a home in the 5300 block of South Kenneth at 4:15 p.m. Saturday, April 27.

Desmond Landrum was arrested without incident.

According to public records, Landrum was arrested by CPD almost exactly four years earlier on the West Side and charged with criminal damage to property.

Bust man who allegedly threatened police
Zbigniew Stopka

A 26-year-old Garfield Ridge man was charged with assault and battery after he allegedly threatened and shoved a police officer in the 5600 block of South Parkside at 7:40 p.m. Monday, April 29.

Zbigniew Stopka, of the 6000 block of West 55th Street, allegedly said, “I’m gonna f~ck your ass up” to an officer investigating a domestic disturbance call.

According to public records, Stopka has been arrested six times by CPD since 2014, on such charges as domestic battery, assault, theft and criminal trespass to land.

Arrest Dolton man on DUI charge
Christian Martinez

A 35-year-old Dolton man was charged with aggravated DUI after a traffic stop by police in the 5400 block of South Nagle at 1:33 a.m. Tuesday, April 23.

Christian Federico Posadas Martinez, of the 1500 block of Berg Drive, also was charged with driving without a license and obstruction of traffic. 

Bust Oak Lawn man on coke rap in Brighton Park
Eric Mendez

A 37-year-old Oak Lawn man was charged with possession of cocaine after police arrested him in front of 4330 S. Kedzie at 2:23 p.m. Friday, April 26.

Eric Mendez, of the 4900 block of West Harnew Road, was “observed by police conducting hand-to-hand narcotics transactions,” a CPD spokesman said.

At a CAPS Beat 815/821 meeting last month, a CPD official said that officers recovered about 22 grams of cocaine with a street value of about $2,000. Further, the official said, Mendez concealed the drugs in a magnetized box stuck to the undercarriage of his vehicle.

According to public records, Mendez was arrested by CPD in 2015, also in Brighton Park (near 40th and Albany) and charged with possession of a controlled substance.

Bust Vittum Park man on weapons violation
Juan Mendoza

A 21-year-old Vittum Park man was charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and possession of a laser sight after he was arrested during a traffic stop at 10:52 p.m. Wednesday, April 17 at 4759 S. Cicero.

Juan C. Mendoza, of the 4800 block of South Lorel, was arrested after officers reportedly found a handgun under the driver’s seat, as well as the laser sight.

Charge man with stealing another person’s belongings
Yahir Ayala

A 19-year-old Gage Park man was charged with theft after he allegedly stole belongings from another person in the 5300 block of South Kolin at 1:20 a.m. Friday, April 26.

Yahir Ayala, of the 5700 block of South Sacramento, was apprehended without incident. A CPD spokesman declined to offer any other details.

Claim woman stole merchandise from Jewel-Osco
Jeanette Bigos

A 66-year-old McKinley Park woman was charged with theft after she allegedly stole merchandise from the Jewel-Osco at 6107 S. Archer at noon, Friday, April 26.

Jeanette Bigos, of the 3300 block of South Archer, was apprehended without incident. A CPD spokesman declined to say exactly what was allegedly stolen.

Bust Berwyn man on trespassing rap
Ernesto Martinez

A 45-year-old Berwyn man was charged with criminal trespass to a residence after he allegedly refused to leave a backyard in the 5100 block of South Nordica.

Ernesto Martinez, of the 3600 block of South Clarence, was apprehended in the 5200 block of South Nordica at 5 p.m. Monday, April 22.

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