Tuesday, June 4, 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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Masked bandits rob Boost Mobile
Two armed bandits robbed the Boost Mobile store at 8337 S. Pulaski at 10:10 a.m. Wednesday, May 15, making off with a handful of dummy cellphones from a display, several broken cellphones from a repair desk and about $77 cash. An employee told police he was just about to open the store for the day when the robbers accosted him. One said, “Don’t hit no alarms. Put your hands up.” They then forced the employee, a 24-year-old man, to the floor while they search the premises. Minutes later, they dragged the employee to the back of the store, demanding to know where cellphones are stored. They then ran out of the store and fled south. They were described as black men age 18-20, wearing dark clothing and ski masks.

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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 834 (see map) make plans to attend your next CAPS meeting, set for 7:00 p.m. Thursday, June 6 at Bogan High School (northeast door), 3939 West 79th 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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Claim man punched woman
Guillermo Herrea

A 39-year-old Gage Park man was charged with battery after he was arrested in the 6800 block of South Kilbourn at 3:33 a.m. Sunday, May 12.

Guillermo Herrea, of the 5300 block of South Washtenaw, allegedly punched a woman, causing bruising, a CPD spokesman said. 

Charge man with domestic battery
Erick Flores

A 24-year-old Back of the Yards man was charged with domestic battery after he allegedly struck a woman in the 7900 block of South Kostner at 2:15 p.m. Monday, May 6.

Erick Flores, of the 5500 block of South Hermitage, was arrested without incident.

According to public records, Flores has been arrested 14 times by CPD since 2014 on such charges as armed robbery, assault, aggravated assault, possession of a controlled substance and cruelty to animals.

Charge man with domestic battery
A 28-year-old Clearing man was charged with aggravated domestic battery and violation of an order of protection after he allegedly attacked his 56-year-old roommate at about 1:20 a.m. Wednesday, May 15 in their apartment in the 6500 block of West 63rd Street. Rogelio Torres was taken into custody at the scene. Police added that they saw no signs of injury on the victim’s body.

Bust man on DUI rap
Rigoberto Gomez

A 31-year-old West Elsdon man was charged with DUI and transporting open alcohol in a vehicle after he was arrested at 12:40 a.m. Saturday, May 11 at a traffic stop in front of 6034 S. Pulaski.

Rigoberto Gomez, of the 3900 block of West 55th Street, was driving a vehicle that police said was swerving.

After officers curbed the vehicle, they reportedly found a bottle of liquor inside. Gomez also was cited for failure to carry a driver’s license with him.

Burglar flees when he sees dogs

A garage burglar fled when a homeowner released his dogs into his backyard. The crime occurred at about 5 a.m. Tuesday, May 14 at a home in the 5100 block of South Narragansett. The victim, a 33-year-old man, told police he spotted the burglar using a metal bar to pry open his garage door. After the dogs were released and the criminal fled, the victim noted damage to the door. The police report contained no description of the offender.


Arrest man at Skylark Motel
Xavier Alvarez

A 21-year-old Pilsen man was charged with possession of a stolen vehicle and theft by deception after he was arrested at the Skylark Motel, 5435 S. Archer, at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 9.

Xavier Alvarez, of the 1700 block of West Cullerton, allegedly was found in possession of a stolen vehicle and used a credit card inside the vehicle to make a purchase, a CPD spokesman said.

According to public records, Alvarez was arrested in 2015 in Pilsen and charged with possession of a controlled substance.

Say man posed as landlord
Jose Pulido

A 55-year-old Clearing man was charged with theft by deception after he was arrested at his home in the 6100 block of South Moody at 6:15 p.m. Monday, May 13.

Jose Pulido allegedly posed as a landlord and accepted a payment from a tenant, a CPD spokesman said.

According to public records, Pulido has been arrested five times by CPD in the last 13 months, on such charges as criminal trespass to a residence and driving on a suspended license.

Construction tools swiped by man in hoody

A burglar broke into a construction site in the 3900 block of West 41st  Street and stole three concrete saws, two concrete drills and two lasers. The crime was reported to police by an employee of the victim, Pro Excavation of suburban Summit. Surveillance footage was available, but the offender was described only as a man wearing a gray hoody.

Elderly woman’s home ransacked
Burglars forced open the rear door of a house in the 4800 block of South Lawndale, ransacked the home and stole assorted jewelry and watches. The crime was reported by the victim, an 81-year-old woman, at about 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 14.

Scotch, wine stolen from storage units
Burglars broke into storage units in the 5700 block of West 63rd Street and stole nine bottles of Scotch, 40 bottles of wine and other items. The crime was reported to police by one of the victims, a 70-year-old man, at 3:15 p.m. Monday, May 13.

No sign of forced entry in garage heist
Burglars entered a garage in the 5400 block of South Lotus and stole two bicycles. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 44-year-old man, at 12:30 a.m. Thursday, May 16. The victim told police he did not see any sign of forced entry, but that the garage’s overhead door was open.

Claim man stole alcohol, drank it in bathroom
Ryszard Bania

A 51-year-old West Elsdon man was charged with retail theft and criminal trespass to property after he allegedly entered the Jewel-Osco at 6107 S. Archer, took a bottle of alcohol off a shelf, brought it into a bathroom and started drinking it.

Ryszard J. Bania, of the 5700 block of South Kolmar, was apprehended at the scene at 4:40 p.m. Sunday, May 12.

According to public records, Bania has been arrested 12 times by CPD since 2014, on charges that included disorderly conduct, assault, criminal trespassing and drinking alcohol on the public way.

CTA bus window smashed on Archer
A CTA bus driver reported that someone used a rock or some other object to smash the glass of a passenger side window of the bus she was driving at 5322 S. Archer at 2:20 a.m. Friday, May 17. The driver, a 58-year-old woman, told police that she was not aware what exactly was used to shatter the glass. No injuries were reported.

Claim man would not leave Jewel-Osco
Mohammed Al-Goleh

A 27-year-old Garfield Ridge man was charged with criminal trespass to property after he allegedly refused to leave the Jewel-Osco at 6107 S. Archer at 10:15 a.m. Saturday, May 11.

Mohammed Al-Goleh, of the 5400 block of South Long, was apprehended at the scene. 

According to public records, Al-Goleh has been arrested six times by CPD since 2014, on charges that included theft, possession of a controlled substance and violation of parole by contacting street gang members.

Loud-music complaint leads to man’s arrest
Jose Rodriguez

A 31-year-old West Lawn man was charged with two counts of resisting arrest after he allegedly bolted and ran away from officers attempting to arrest him at his home in the 7100 block of South Millard at 3:15 a.m. Sunday, May 12.

Jose C. Rodriguez was taken into custody by officers investigating a citizen complaint of loud music coming from Rodriguez’ garage.

A CPD spokesman said that Rodriguez could have avoided arrest by simply signing an Administrative Notice of Violation, but that he refused.

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