Thursday, December 26, 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 himself in groin, cops say

A shooting initially reported to police as a drive-by was later determined to be self-inflicted, a CPD spokesman said. The victim, a 19-year-old man, initially told police he was walking down a sidewalk in the 7700 block of South Kenton at 5:55 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 15 when he was shot in the groin by a gunman in a passing vehicle. The victim was transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center, where he was listed in stable condition. Police later said that further investigation showed that the wound was self-inflicted. They did not say how they arrived at that conclusion or whether the injury was intentional or not.

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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, January 2 at Bogan High School, 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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Traffic stop leads to drug charges

A 31-year-old West Lawn man was charged with cocaine possession and cannabis possession after he was arrested during a traffic stop in the 5700 block of South Austin at 8:10 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9.

Samuel J. Mustari, of the 6400 block of South Kolin, allegedly had possession of drugs that were found in a search of the vehicle.

He also was cited for running a stop sign, driving on a suspended license and driving without insurance.

Say man admitted firing gun

A 21-year-old Archer Heights man was charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon
Padilla Gonzalez
and reckless discharge of a firearm after he was arrested in the 2600 block of West 40th Place at 7:24 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6.

Bryan Padilla Gonzalez, of the 4700 block of South Kilpatrick, allegedly fired a pistol and then ditched it in an alley.

Police responding to a ShotSpotter alert said they found a gun and that Padilla Gonzalez admitted firing it, but said he had not fired it at anyone.

Reputed gang member shot in the groin

A 28-year-old man was shot in the groin as he walked down a  sidewalk in the 5400 block of South Kildare at 2:10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 9. The victim, said by a law enforcement source to be a gang member, was transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center, where he was listed in stable condition. No one is in custody. The gunmen were said to be two boys or men who approached the victim on foot before running away.

Charge man with crime against girl
Esparza Diaz

A 38-year-old West Elsdon man was charged with domestic battery after he was arrested in the 6300 block of South Kostner at 9:40 a.m. Monday, Dec. 2.

Manuel Esparza Diaz, of the 3900 block of West 58th Place, allegedly committed a crime against a girl, a CPD spokesman said without elaborating.

He was apprehended by a fugitive task force, the spokesman added.

Arrest man again for domestic battery

A 38-year-old Archer Heights man was charged with domestic battery after he was arrested
at his home in the 4400 block of South Komensky at 8:19 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3.

Krzysztof E. Pilch allegedly punched a 35-year-old woman in the head during an argument. 

According to public records, Pilch has been arrested four times by CPD since 2014—three times for domestic battery.

Say suburban man slapped woman

A 26-year-old man from suburban Lyons was charged with domestic battery after he was arrested in the 4000 block of West 59th Street at 2:40 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4.

Joel Ruiz, of the 4000 block of South Joliet Avenue, allegedly grabbed a 22-year-old woman by the neck and slapped her in the head during an argument.

According to public records, Ruiz has been arrested four times by CPD in the last year, on charges that included criminal damage to property and drinking alcohol on the public way.

Claim woman punched man in the mouth

A 35-year-old West Elsdon woman was charged with domestic battery after she was arrested at her home in the 4500 block of West 55th Street at 2:11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 1. 

Elizabeth Cuezzi allegedly punched a  36-year-old man in the mouth during an argument.

Charge woman with domestic battery
Del Cid

A 43-year-old Clearing woman was charged with domestic battery after she was arrested at her home in the 5900 block of South Menard at 4 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3.

Nancy A. Del Cid allegedly used “a glass object” to hit a 46-year-old man during an argument, a CPD spokesman said., without elaborating.

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