Friday, May 24, 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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High-speed crash kills woman
A 31-year-old Chicago Lawn woman was killed after the SUV she was driving struck a concrete support beam at 79th and Kedzie at 7:02 a.m. Saturday, May 11. Police said that Kimberly Johnson, of the 6000 block of South Troy, was driving “at a high rate of speed in a 2013 Chevrolet Captiva.” She was transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center, where she died from her injuries. A seven-month-old girl was in the vehicle and was also taken to Advocate Christ, where she was listed in good condition. Police declined to say whether the infant was Johnson's child.

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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, May 28 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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Teen shot on 63rd Street sidewalk
A 15-year-old boy was shot in the left side as he stood on a sidewalk in the 3900 block of West 63rd Street at 7:46 p.m. Friday, May 10. The victim told police that a boy or man walked up to him and began firing a pistol. The victim was transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center, where he was listed in stable condition. Police said they are questioning a person of interest.

Claim Clearing man touched minor inappropriately
Celso Sias

A 74-year-old Clearing man was charged with three counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse after he was arrested in the 6000 block of South Massasoit at 11:50 a.m. Thursday, May 2.

Celso S. Sias, of the same block, allegedly engaged in inappropriate touching of a family member under age 18, a CPD spokesman said.

Claim Clearing driver was using cellphone
Amin Al Rifai

A 40-year-old Clearing man was charged with using a cellphone while driving, as well as driving on a suspended license and operating an uninsured motor vehicle after his vehicle was curbed by police in front of 5701 S. Narragansett at 6:55 p.m. Saturday, May 4.

Amin Al Rifai, of the 6300 block of West 63rd Place, was arrested without incident.

Charge man, again, with violating an order of protection
Szymon Pinkowski

A 36-year-old West Lawn man was charged with criminal damage to property and violating an order of protection after he was arrested in the 6300 block of South Tripp at 3:15 p.m. Tuesday, April 30.

Szymon Pinkowski, of the same block, allegedly damaged the rear door of a home on the block.

According to public records, Pinkowski has been arrested three times by CPD in the last 15 months—once in 2018 for criminal damage to property and once two months ago for violating an order of protection. All three arrests occurred at the same address.

Charge two with trespassing at Scottsdale home

A 19-year-old Chicago Lawn man and an 18-year-old Ashburn man were charged with criminal trespass to a residence after they allegedly were in a yard near 84th and Kedvale at about 5 p.m. Friday, May 3.

Tyrie T. Bones, of the 6400 block of South Troy and Knowledge F. Harper, of the 3500 block of West 80th Place, were apprehended near the property where they allegedly trespassed.

Tyrie Bones

Knowledge Harper

Arrest motorist who allegedly caused crash
Isidro Ramirez-Neri

A 45-year-old Ashburn man was charged with reckless driving, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, leaving the scene of an accident and operating an uninsured motor vehcle after police arrested him in the 3500 block of West Columbus at 10:30 p.m. Thursday, May 2.

Isidro Ramirez-Neri, of the 3900 block of West 82nd Place, allegedly fled after his vehicle hit another vehicle and caused a chain-reaction crash with a third vehicle, a CPD spokesman said.

Man charged with battery again
Pawel Budz

A 31-year-old Garfield Ridge man was charged with battery after he was accused of punching another person.

Pawel Budz, of the 5800 block of South Archer, was arrested on the block where he lives at 10:10 p.m. Saturday, May 4. Police offered no other details about the alleged crime. 

According to public records, Budz has been arrested eight times by CPD since 2014 on such charges as battery, domestic battery and aggravated assault.

Clerk claims man swiped liquor
Albert Santoyo

A 47-year-old Clearing man was charged with misdemeanor retail theft after he allegedly stole merchandise from Miska’s Liquors, 6410 W. 63rd St., at 9:05 p.m. Tuesday, April 30. 

Albert Santoyo, of the 6900 block of West 63rd Street, took two bottles of alcoholic beverages without paying for them, a clerk told police.

Claim man would not leave mall
Deonte Jones

A 25-year-old man from downstate Carbondale was charged with criminal trespass to land after he allegedly refused to leave the grounds of Ford City Mall.

Deonte L. Jones was apprehended at the scene.

A charge of misdemeanor battery was added after Jones allegedly shoved a mall employee.

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