Thursday, October 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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Convicted felon busted after cops search home
Ain Zuniga

A 28-year-old Clearing man was charged with unlawful use of a weapon by a convicted felon after he was arrested at his home in the 6400 block of South Lorel at 10:25 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1.

Ain Zuniga was apprehended without incident by police executing a search warrant. Police said they found a handgun and a large quantity of cannabis in the home.

According to public records, Zuniga has been arrested 12 times by CPD since 2016 on charges that included reckless conduct, criminal trespass to a residence and six parole violations for having contact with street gang members. State of Illinois records indicate that Zuniga was convicted of theft and aggravated robbery seven years ago.

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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 815 or 821 (see map) make plans to attend your next CAPS meeting, set for 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 6 at St. Bruno School (south end of the building), 4839 S. Harding. 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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Arrest man after crash on Pulaski
Abel Tamayo

A 24-year-old Scottsdale man was charged with DUI, carrying open alcohol in a vehicle, failure to reduce speed to avoid and accident and damage to public property after he was arrested at 75th and Pulaski at 7:02 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9.

Abel Tamayo, of the 8000 block of South Kilbourn, reportedly drove a vehicle that crashed into a lightpole.

According to public records, Tamayo has been arrested seven times by CPD since 2014 on such charges as armed robbery, criminal trespass to a vehicle and criminal defacement of property.

Arrest number 19 for Ashburn man
Kevin McGraw

A 26-year-old Ashburn man was charged with domestic battery and violating an order of protection after he was arrested in the 3700 block of West 78th Street at 1:27 a.m. Monday, Oct. 7.

Kevin McGraw was apprehended without incident. The victim is a 29-year-old man, police said.

According to public records, McGraw has been arrested 19 times by CPD since 2014 on such charges as reckless conduct, assault, possession of a controlled substance, criminal damage to property and child endangerment.

Bust man for fleeing from cops
Michael Arroyo

A 29-year-old Clearing man was charged with reckless conduct after he was arrested in the 6000 block of West 64th Street at 7:06 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5.

Michael Arroyo, of the 6300 block of West 63rd Street, was apprehended after he allegedly fled on foot from police responding to a 911 call of a domestic disturbance.

According to public records, Arroyo has been arrested nine times by CPD since 2014 on charges that included domestic battery, aggravated assault and telephone harassment.

Bust man on shoplifting rap

A 39-year-old Northwest Side man was charged with retail theft after he was arrested at the
Joel Garcia
Jewel-Osco at 6107 S. Archer at 8:50 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8.

Joel Garcia, of the 5900 block of West Dakin, allegedly stole merchandise from the store, although a CPD spokesman declined to say what was allegedly stolen.

He also was wanted on two warrants, although a CPD spokesman did not say what the warrants were for or what jurisdiction issued them.

According to public records, Garcia has been arrested nine times by CPD since 2016—six times charged with retail theft, once with criminal trespass to a vehicle and twice on warrants.

Arrest man on crack cocaine charge
Louis Castorena

A 53-year-old Garfield Ridge man was charged with possession of a controlled substance after he was arrested in the 5100 block of South Melvina at 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7.

Louis A. Castorena, of the 5200 block of South Mason, allegedly was found carrying what police suspected was crack cocaine.

According to public records, Castorena was arrested by CPD in 2014 and charged with assault.

Woman drove on revoked license, police say
Dulsen Colin-Coronel

A 24-year-old Oak Lawn woman was charged with driving on a revoked license after her vehicle was curbed by police at 55th and Pulaski at 6:53 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8.

Dulsen Colin-Coronel, of the 9000 block of South Cicero, also was cited for avoiding a traffic control device and operating an uninsured motor vehicle.

According to public records, Colin-Coronel has been arrested four times by CPD since 2017, on charges that included possession of a stolen vehicle.

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