Tuesday, January 14, 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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Bust reputed gang member after chase

An 18-year-old Burbank man was charged with reckless conduct after he was arrested in the strip mall at 8045 S. Cicero at about 11:50 a.m. Wednesday, January 8, after a brief pursuit by CPD units.

Adeeb Bawadi, of the 5700 block of West 87th Street, who police said is an admitted gang member, may have fired a gun in the 8400 block of South Kenton minutes before he was arrested. Police responding to a ShotSpotter report were flagged down by a witness who said that people in two different vehicles were firing at each other. While police were speaking with the witness, a Nissan driven by Bawadi passed by.

During the pursuit, somebody in the car reportedly flung a pistol out a window, into the street in the 8400 block of South Kilbourn. The gun, a 9-mm Ruger reported stolen from Indiana, was recovered, police said.

When cornered in the parking lot, Bawadi allegedly refused to exit his vehicle and was making gestures implying he had a weapon in his waistband. Police performed an emergency takedown, and Bawadi suffered minor injuries. Two 17-year-old boys in the vehicle with Bawadi—one from Oak Lawn and the other from Scottsdale—were also taken into custody and charged with reckless conduct. They are also admitted gang members, police said. Police recovered several shell casings from the 8400 block of South Kenton and noticed a bullet hole in the front window of the 17-year-old reputed gang member’s home.

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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 811 (see map) make plans to attend your next CAPS meeting, set for 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 21 at Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church, 5550 S. Merrimac. 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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Man says he was robbed at gunpoint

A 28-year-old West Elsdon man told police he was robbed at gunpoint as he walked down a sidewalk near 54th and Hamlin at about 10 p.m. Monday, January 6. The victim said that two thugs pulled up in a white, four-door Chevy, got out and demanded his wallet and phone. One of the two had a gun. The victim complied, and the robbers sped away. The criminals were described only as black men about 18 years of age. The victim did not report the crime until the following day.

Charged with two counts of domestic battery 

A 54-year-old Garfield Ridge man was charged with two counts of domestic battery after he
was arrested at his home in the 6100 block of West 55th Street at 5:21 p.m. Saturday, December 28.

Mariano Moreno allegedly punched a 47-year-old woman and pulled her hair during an argument. Police said that when a 28-year-old family member tried to intervene, Moreno struck her, as well.

Charges of battery and resisting arrest were added after Moreno allegedly poked a police officer in the face with his finger.

According to public records, Moreno was arrested last September on the North Side and charged with battery.

Robbed while taping leaflets to garages

A 64-year-old Chicago Lawn man was robbed at knifepoint as he walked down an alley in the 3600 block of West 53rd Street at about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, January 7. The victim told police he was taping advertising leaflets to garages when a thug walked up, pulled a knife and demanded money. The victim said he handed over $70 cash before the robber fled. The criminal was described as a Hispanic man about age 22, 5-foot-6 and 170 pounds, with an olive complexion.

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If you live in CPD Beat 811 (central and western Garfield Ridge, everything west of Central Avenue) and want to join your neighbors in fighting crime and building a safer neighborhood, please make plans to attend the next general meeting of the Garfield Ridge Neighborhood Watch, set for 7:00 p.m. Monday, January 20 at the firehouse at 56th and Narragansett. Find out how you can play an active role in crime prevention in 2020 in Garfield Ridge! See you there?

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Charge man with driving on suspended license

A 37-year-old man from suburban Cicero was charged with driving on a suspended license after he was arrested during a traffic stop in the 5900 block of West 55th Street at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 7.

Vito J. Arredondo, of the 2400 block of South 61st Avenue, also was cited for driving an uninsured vehicle, as well as failing to secure a 3-year-old passenger in an appropriate safety seat.

Thug grabs cashier’s neck, swipes boots

A thug posing as a customer at Journeys, a store in Ford City Mall, grabbed the neck of a 20-year-old clerk and then stole a pair of Timberland boots worth about $400, running out of the mall. The crime occurred at about 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, January 8. The robber was described as a black man age 20-23, about 5-foot-11 and 130 pounds, with brown eyes and a medium complexion. The clerk suffered scrapes on her neck, but refused medical treatment.

Say man drove on revoked license
Velez Perez

A 32-year-old Back of the Yards man was charged with driving on a revoked license during a traffic stop in the 6200 block of South Archer at 4:24 p.m. Thursday, January 9.

Pablo A. Velez Perez, of the 5000 block of South Carpenter, also was cited for driving with an obstructed view.

According to public records, Velez Perez was arrested back in September, at 55th and Kedzie, and charged with driving on a revoked license. In 2014, he was arrested near 52nd and Sacramento and charged with aggravated assault.

Flower shop hit by burglary

Burglars smashed the front window of R & D Rausch-Clifford Florists, 3977 W. Columbus, entered and stole about $40 from a cash register, as well as about 20 stuffed toy animals. The crime was discovered by the owner, a 59-year-old man, at about 8 a.m. Sunday, January 5. The victim told police that he discovered a brick on the floor of his business and that his cash register was not in the store. He discovered a trail of coins in his parking lot, which led to an adjacent lot, where the cash register had been dumped.

Charge man with driving on revoked license

A 41-year-old Clearing man was charged with driving on a revoked license after he was arrested in an alley in the 6000 block of West 64th Street at 3:47 a.m. Thursday, January 9.

Aristeo N. Fonseca, of the 6100 block of South Monitor, was reportedly discovered by police responding to a "suspicious vehicle" call.

A CPD spokesman said that Fonseca was asleep at the wheel of the vehicle, which which parked with its motor running, in an alley.

Woman flees, foils pair of thugs

Two thugs tried but failed to rob a 20-year-old woman as she left her place of employment—the Nowobilska Medical Center, 5257 S. Cicero—at 7:07 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9. The victim told police that she had just gotten into her vehicle in the parking lot when two men opened her door. One said, “Give us your phone. Get out of the car. Where are the keys?” The victim handed over her phone but then ran across the lot to where her co-workers were sitting in their vehicles. She told them to call police. At that point, the criminals sped away in a dark gray vehicle and headed north on Cicero. The victim returned to her vehicle and found her cellphone lying on the ground. Nothing had been stolen. The would-be robbers were described only as black men.

Man charged with crime against girl

A 29-year-old Little Village man was charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a minor after he was arrested by a CPD task force in the 6100 block of South Oak Park at 12:45 p.m. Wednesday, January 8.

Marco Miguel, of the 2800 block of South Spaulding, was apprehended without incident. A CPD spokesman said the alleged victim is a girl, but would not elaborate.

Salvation Army rep robbed at Chase ATM

A 27-year-old Little Village man employed by the Salvation Army told police that he was robbed of more than $2,200 in Salvation Army funds as he stood next to an ATM at Chase Bank, 5687 S. Archer, at 10:11 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4. The victim told police that he was about to make a deposit when two thugs sprayed pepper spray in his face and then snatched a bag filled with cash, as well as his lunch bag. The criminals were described only as black men.

Man charged with domestic battery

A 36-year-old Clearing man was charged with domestic battery after he was arrested while walking down a sidewalk in the 6200 block of West 63rd Street at 4:42 p.m. Wednesday, January 1.

Jose F. Garnica, of the 6200 block of South Melvina, allegedly used a metal part from a table to hit a 35-year-old woman on the head during an argument at his home, a CPD spokesman said.

According to public records, Garnica has been arrested five times by CPD since 2014, on charges that included domestic battery, violating an order of protection and cannabis possession.

Charge man with domestic battery

A 42-year-old Vittum Park man was charged with domestic battery after he was arrested at his home in the 5100 block of South Lockwood at 3:57 p.m. Wednesday, January 8.

Jorge L. Cortes allegedly choked a 31-year-old woman by the neck and struck her in the head during an argument.

A dozen arrests for Brighton Park woman

A 26-year-old Brighton Park woman was charged with retail theft and criminal trespass to land after she was arrested at the Walgreens at 5414 S. Archer at 10:52 p.m. Saturday, January 4.

Nichole Stevens, of the 4000 block of South Rockwell, allegedly stole merchandise from the store. A CPD spokesman declined to say exactly what was allegedly stolen.

According to public records, Stevens has been arrested 12 times by CPD since 2014 on charges that included retail theft, theft by deception, driving on a revoked license and child endangerment.

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