Tuesday, July 7, 2020

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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Two shot during argument on 79th Street

Two people were shot as they argued with each other near 79th and Komensky at about 4:15 p.m. Tuesday, July 7. Police said that one, a man about 30 years of age, was shot in the head. He was transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center, where he was listed in critical condition. The second person was described by police as a "male of unknown age" who sustained a graze wound to his right arm. He refused medical attention. CPD said they have not yet determined who is a victim and who is an offender in the case. Detectives are investigating.


Man charged with domestic battery again
Efrain O'Neill


A 31-year-old Brighton Park man was charged with domestic battery after he was arrested at his home in the 4600 block of South Spaulding at 2 a.m. Thursday, July 2.

Efrain O’Neill allegedly punched a 32-year-old woman in the face during an argument. 


According to public records, O’Neill has been arrested 12 times since 2016 on such charges as domestic battery (six times), criminal damage to property, burglary and criminal trespass to land.









Say man broke CTA bus door glass
Albert Lindsey



A 67-year-old Washington Park man was charged with criminal damage to property after he was arrested at the CTA bus turnaround at the Orange Line terminal, 4612 W. 59th St., at 6:05 p.m. Sunday, June 28.

Albert Lindsey, of the 300 block of East 56th Street, allegedly kicked the door of a CTA bus, causing the glass to shatter.

According to public records, Lindsey has been arrested three times by CPD since 2014 on charges that included battery and heroin possession.





Bust Burbank man on drug charge
Marcin Dzierzega



A 27-year-old man from suburban Burbank was charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia after he was arrested during a traffic stop at 6258 S. Pulaski at 8:59 p.m. Thursday, July 2.

Marcin Dzierzega, of the 6700 block of West 81st Street, was taken into custody after police found drugs inside his vehicle, a CPD spokesman said. He also was charged with driving on a suspended license.

According to public records, Dzierzega has been arrested five times by CPD since 2015 on charges that included possession of a controlled substance and violating an order of protection.






Bust man on drug rap during traffic stop
Marcos Gonzalez



A 26-year-old Gage Park man was charged with possession of a controlled substance after he was arrested during a traffic stop in the 5000 block of South Lawndale at 8:33 p.m. Thursday, July 2.

Marcos A. Gonzalez, of the 5200 block of South Campbell, also was cited for unlawful possession of cannabis and driving on a suspended license. 







Hit Joliet man with reckless driving charge
Jesse Torres



A 53-year-old Joliet man was charged with reckless driving, as well as driving without insurance, after he was arrested at 6659 S. Cicero at 3:21 p.m. Thursday, July 2.

Jesse Torres, of the 1000 block of Loren, allegedly was driving a vehicle that hit another on Marquette Road, just east of Cicero, and then struck some road construction barriers at Cicero.

According to public records, Torres was arrested by CPD in 2014, near 119th and State, and charged with heroin and cocaine possession.






Claim tow truck driver illegally solicited business
Gustavo Dirzo-Bello


A 34-year-old Scottsdale man was charged with unlawful solicitation of business by a tow truck operator after he was arrested in the 3600 block of West Columbus at 8:39 p.m. Wednesday, June 24.

Gustavo Dirzo-Bello, of the 7800 block of South Kilpatrick, was apprehended without incident, a CPD spokesman said without elaborating.

According to public records, Dirzo-Bello was arrested at his home last December and charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance and two counts of possessing a firearm without a valid FOID card.






Charge Vittum Park man with domestic battery
Hugo Miranda


A 45-year-old Vittum Park man was charged with domestic battery after he was arrested at his home in the 4900 block of South Lamon at 6:40 p.m. Saturday, June 27.

Hugo Miranda allegedly punched a woman in the face during an argument. A charge of possession of a controlled substance was added after officers reportedly found an illegal narcotic on Miranda, according to a CPD spokesman.

According to public records, Miranda was arrested by CPD in 2014 near 46th and Cicero and charged with aggravated DUI, driving under the influence of drugs and driving on a revoked license.






Threatened me with an ax, man tells police
Manuel Ruiz



A 39-year-old Little Village man was charged with aggravated assault after he was arrested in the 5700 block of South Karlov at 11:01 p.m. Saturday, June 6.

Manuel Ruiz, of the 2300 block of South Drake, allegedly used an ax to threaten a 25-year-old man, according to a CPD spokesman who was unable to say if police recovered an ax. 

According to public records, Ruiz has been arrested six times by CPD in the last 18 months, on charges that included assault, criminal trespass to land, drinking alcohol on the public way and criminal trespass to property.







Claim man threatened police at Midway
Michael Shropshire


A 27-year-old West Englewood man was charged with criminal trespass to land after he was arrested at Midway Airport at 6:50 a.m. Sunday, May 31.

Michael Curry Shropshire, of the 6300 block of South Wood, reportedly refused to leave his seat in an airport-owned wheelchair when asked to do so. A charge of resisting arrest—as well as charges of assault and battery of a peace officer—were added after Shropshire allegedly threatened to beat two police officers and then threw punches, a CPD spokesman said.

According to public records, Shropshire has been arrested six times by CPD since 2015 on such charges as domestic battery, criminal trespass to land and criminal damage to government property.





Bust Downers Grove man on weapons charge
Creston Robinson


A 24-year-old Downers Grove man was charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon after he was arrested during a traffic stop in the 6000 block of South Central at 2:27 a.m. Thursday, June 4.

Creston R. Robinson, of the 100 block of 2nd Street, was allegedly in possession of a loaded handgun, a CPD spokesman said.

According to public records, Robinson has been arrested four times by CPD since 2014, on charges that included resisting a peace officer and solicitation of a sex act.






Say man spat in police officer’s face
Danny Fernandez


A 30-year-old West Elsdon man was charged with criminal damage to property after he was arrested in the 4300 block of West 55th Street at 2:45 a.m. Monday, June 8.

Danny Fernandez, of the 5300 block of South Kilbourn, was charged in connection with an incident that allegedly occurred at the gas station at 55th and Kostner minutes earlier. A charge of aggravated battery was added after he allegedly spat in the face of a police officer at the scene.

According to public records, Fernandez has been arrested seven times by CPD since 2014, on such charges as aggravated DUI, domestic battery, sale/possession of a deadly weapon, resisting arrest and criminal trespass to property.



Choked me with an extension cord, woman says
Vincent Hall



A 31-year-old South Shore man was charged with domestic battery after he was arrested at the Aloha Motel, 8515 S. Cicero, at 5:54 a.m. Friday, June 5.

Vincent Hall, of the 1100 block of East 81st Place, allegedly walked up behind up 31-year-old woman and choked her with an extension cord before she managed to break free and escape, a CPD spokesman said.

According to public records, Hall has been arrested five times by CPD since 2018.













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Thursday, July 2, 2020

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 in Hearst area
A 19-year-old man was shot in the arm and back as he stood on a sidewalk in the 4600 block of South La Crosse at 8:58 p.m. Sunday, June 28. Police said that the victim was walking when a black sedan pulled alongside. One of the four men in the car asked the victim if he is a gang member, a moment before firing shots and speeding away. The victim was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was listed in critical condition.

Claim man stole gun
Devanta Butler


A 21-year-old man from suburban Calumet City was charged with theft, unlawful use of a weapon and possession of a controlled substance after he was arrested in the 6400 block of South Melvina at 1:46 a.m. Friday, June 19.

Devanta D. Butler, of the 500 block of Hirsch, was apprehended while he sat in a parked vehicle, a CPD spokesman said, adding that Butler matched the description of a man who had stolen a handgun from a vehicle. The spokesman did not say where or when the gun had reportedly been stolen. Police also reportedly found a white powdery substance in his possession.

According to public records, Butler has been arrested three times by CPD in the past two years—twice for criminal trespass to a vehicle.





He choked me, woman tells police
Cornelius Riley



A 40-year-old Hearst area man was charged with domestic battery after he was arrested at his home in the 4500 block of South Laporte at 4:17 a.m. Saturday, June 20.


Cornelius C. Riley allegedly choked a 21-year-old woman during an argument.










Charge man with domestic battery
Jose Hernandez



A 34-year-old Clearing man was charged with domestic battery after he was arrested at his home in the 6100 block of West 64th Place at 3:05 a.m. Sunday, June 21.

Jose Luis Hernandez allegedly hit a 30-year-old woman in the face during an argument. 

According to public records, Hernandez was arrested by CPD in 2017 near 28th and Kedzie and charged with driving on a revoked license.





Punched me in the face, woman tells police
Marqez Mahaffy




An 18-year-old West Elsdon man was charged with domestic battery after he was arrested at his home in the 5700 block of South Kenton at 10 a.m. Sunday, June 21.


Marqez Mahaffy allegedly punched a 24-year-old woman in the face during an argument.








Charge man with drunk driving next to MDW
Homer Bogran Valdez




A 40-year-old Gage Park man was charged with DUI and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident after he was arrested in the 6000 block of South Central at 10:25 p.m. Sunday, June 21.


Homer G. Bogran Valdez, of the 5700 block of South California, also was cited for failure to stay in his lane.







Charge Vittum Park man with damage to vehicle
Andy Hernandez



A 27-year-old Vittum Park man was charged with battery and criminal damage to property after he was arrested in the 5000 block of South Cicero at 8:05 p.m. Wednesday, June 17. 

Andy M. Hernandez, of the 5000 block of South Lawler, allegedly struck a 22-year-old man and used a weapon to shatter the window of a rental vehicle, a CPD spokesman said. 

According to public records, Hernandez was arrested by CPD in the Loop in 2018 and charged with battery and criminal trespass to land.





Claim man struck a peace officer
Darwin Montenegro



A 36-year-old Little Village man was charged aggravated battery to a peace officer after he was arrested in the 3700 block of West Pippin at 12:19 a.m. Wednesday, June 17.

Darwin A. Montenegro, of the 4200 block of West 21st Place, allegedly struck another man during an argument. A CPD spokesman declined to give further details.

According to public records, Montenegro was arrested by CPD on Christmas Day 2018 at 48th and La Crosse and charged with criminal damage to property.






Charge woman with domestic battery
Janina Sanchez




A 24-year-old Archer Heights woman was charged with domestic battery after she was arrested at her home in the 4600 block of South Springfield at 8:30 p.m. Monday, June 22. 

Janina L. Sanchez allegedly punched and pulled the hair of a 32-year-old woman during an argument.

Police added two counts of aggravated battery after Sanchez allegedly kicked two officers responding to a call of a disturbance at the home.

































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