Friday, June 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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Knife was at my throat, man says
A 48-year-old Chrysler Village man told police he was robbed at knifepoint in the alley behind 5751 W. 63rd St. at about 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 21. The victim said he had just bought a cup of coffee at a nearby Dunkin’ Donuts and was walking through the alley when a robber approached from behind and put a knife to his throat before taking his cellphone and $275 cash. The bandit then ran to a white vehicle with no license plate, which then sped away. He was described as a Hispanic man about 5-foot-7, wearing all black clothing.


Claim man punched woman in the face
James Montenegro



A 25-year-old Little Village man was charged with domestic battery and aggravated assault after he allegedly punched a woman in the mouth during an argument in the 5700 block of West 64th Place at 1:48 a.m. Sunday, May 26.

James Montenegro, of the 2300 block of South Central Park, was taken into custody at the scene.

According to public records, Montenegro has been arrested five times by CPD since 2014 on such charges as cannabis possession and obstructing identification.



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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 812 (see map) make plans to attend your next CAPS meeting, set for 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 12 at the Clearing Branch Library, 6423 West 63rd Place. 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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Say man violated order of protection
Benny Mena-Gomez



A 22-year-old Little Village man was charged with violating an order of protection after he was arrested inside a residence in the 5700 block of South Kenton at 2 a.m. Thursday, May 23.

Benny Mena-Gomez, of the 2700 block of South Lawndale, was apprehended without incident. Police declined to elaborate.










Say man burglarized home on his own block
Demetrius Redd


A 33-year-old Scottsdale man was charged with burglary after he was arrested on the street in the 8500 block of South Pulaski at 7:04 p.m. Monday, May 20.

Demetrius A. Redd, of the 8500 block of South Karlov, allegedly burglarized a house on his own block and was pointed out by a victim.

He also was wanted on two warrants, although police declined to say what he was wanted for or what jurisdiction issued the warrants.

According to public records, Redd has been arrested four times by CPD in the last four years—once for violating an order of protection.





Big burglary haul at Beverly Country Club
Burglars broke into a maintenance building at the Beverly Country Club, 87th and Western, and stole an estimated $40,000 worth of equipment, including utility vehicles, lawn mowers, weed trimmers, leaf blowers, water pumps, a power washer and other items. The crime was reported to police at 6:48 a.m. Sunday, May 19 by a facility manager, about two hours after it was discovered.





Bust Blue Island woman on shoplifting rap
Odaiche Okasili



A 43-year-old Blue Island woman was charged with retail theft after she allegedly stole merchandise from a store at the shopping center at 87th and Kedzie.

Odaiche Okasili, of the 13800 block of South Western, was apprehended at the scene after an employee pointed her out to police, who would not say which store was involved nor what allegedly was stolen.

According to public records Okasili has been arrested three times by CPD in the last three months, all on retail theft charges.





Claim man swiped stuff from 7-Eleven
Antonio Wright



A 19-year-old Oak Lawn man was charged with retail theft after he allegedly stole merchandise from the 7-Eleven at 5953 W. 63rd St. at 10:42 p.m. Saturday, May 18.  

Antonio D. Wright was apprehended at the scene.

Police declined to say what exactly Wright allegedly stole.

According to public records, Wright has been arrested four times by CPD in the last six months, on such charges as domestic battery and criminal trespass to vehicles.






Claim man would not leave Jewel-Osco
Joseph Holubek



A 45-year-old Clearing man was charged with criminal trespass to land after he allegedly refused to leave the Jewel-Osco near Archer and Mayfield at 9:47 a.m. May 24.

Joseph Holubek, of the 6000 block of South Massasoit, was apprehended without incident. 

According to public records, Holubek has been arrested 11 times by CPD since 2017, on such charges as domestic battery (four times), violating an order of protection and retail theft.





Man hit with domestic battery rap
Rogelio Torres



A 28-year-old Clearing man was charged with domestic battery and violating an order of protection after he allegedly hit another man during an argument at 1:45 a.m. Wednesday, May 15.

Rogelio Torres, of the 6500 block of West 63rd Street, was arrested at his home. A CPD spokesman declined to offer further details.

According to public records, Torres has been arrested three times by CPD since 2014, on such charges as burglary, theft, criminal trespass to a vehicle and theft of services.



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Claim Bridgeport man drove drunk
Giovanni Lugo



A 25-year-old Bridgeport man was charged with DUI and obstruction of traffic by a motorist after police discovered his vehicle sitting in the middle of the 5200 block of South Keating at 2:22 a.m. Friday, May 17.

Giovanni Lugo, of the 2900 block of South Quinn, also was charged with driving on a suspended license and transportation of open alcohol in a vehicle. Police declined to say what alcohol was allegedly transported.






Bust Gary man who allegedly threatened bar employee

A 24-year-old man from Gary, Ind. was charged with aggravated assault after he allegedly
Jeric Addo
threatened an employee of the bar attached to Lindy’s/Gertie’s, 6544 W. Archer, at 3 a.m. Sunday, May 19.


Jeric B. Addo was apprehended at the scene. An employee told police that Addo walked into the bar but was told that it had closed for the night. Addo then allegedly claimed he had a gun, then a knife, before police arrived and arrested him.

According to the police report, no weapon was recovered.

Witnesses told police that Addo and several companions were intoxicated and had been thrown out of several bars west of Lindy’s/Gertie’s, as well as the 7-Eleven at Archer and Nashville, before police were called by the employee of the bar at Lindy’s/Gertie’s. 

According to public records, Addo has been arrested three times by CPD since 2014, on charges that included intoxication and retail theft.






Nab Little Village man on MDW trespassing rap


A 30-year-old Little Village man was charged with criminal trespass to land after he was
Fred Sepulveda-Sanchez
arrested in a parking garage at Midway Airport at 1:25 a.m. Friday, May 17.


Fred Sepulveda-Sanchez, of the 3000 block of South Drake, was apprehended without incident. A charge of theft was added after he was found to be in possession of another person’s wallet, police said.

According to public records, Sepulveda-Sanchez has been arrested four times by CPD in the past 15 months on such charges as retail theft, possession of a stolen vehicle and drinking alcohol on the public way.







Bust employee of game store
A 24-year-old Brighton Park man was charged with misdemeanor theft after he allegedly stole customer cash deposits from his employer, an electronic game store in the 5100 block of South Pulaski. William H. Patterson, of the 4600 block of South Talman, was arrested at the store at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 14. Police did not say how exactly how much was allegedly stolen.






Michigan woman allegedly stole from 7-Eleven
Adalis Vera



A 34-year-old woman from Grand Rapids, Mich. was charged with theft after she allegedly stole merchandise from the 7-Eleven at Archer and Central at 5:14 p.m. Friday, May 17. 

Adalis Vera was apprehended nearby after she was pointed to police, a CPD spokesman said, declining to say exactly what was allegedly stolen.

A charge with identification obstruction was added after Vera allegedly gave a false name to police.





Relative may have committed burglary
Burglars entered a house in the 4900 block of South Lamon and stole two TVs and a video game console. The crime was discovered at about 5 a.m. Wednesday, May 22 by a 35-year-old man who told police he was housesitting for his 55-year-old mother, who is planning to sell the residence. The man told police he suspects a disgruntled relative may have burglarized the home.





Burglars ransack grandma’s home
Burglars entered a home in the 4700 block of South Kedvale, ransacked a bedroom and stole $10 cash off a dresser. The crime was discovered by the victim, an 86-year-old woman, when she returned home at about 7 p.m. Sunday, May 19. She had been away from her home to attend her granddaughter’s high school graduation.









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