Saturday, August 1, 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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Charge man with murder

A 45-year-old Garfield Ridge man was charged with murder, aggravated battery and robbery
Daniel Coughlin
after he was arrested at a CTA bus stop at 5141 S. Cicero at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 22. 

Daniel B. Coughlin, of the 5400 block of South Archer, was apprehended by a police task force that had been searching for him.

A CPD spokesman said that a man allegedly beaten by Coughlin had died in a hospital, leading to the charges—although the spokesman declined to say where or when the alleged attack occurred, or offer any information about the victim.

Bond was denied, and Coughlin was placed in custody of the Cook County Department of Corrections. His next court date is scheduled for August 19.

According to public records, Coughlin has been arrested four times by CPD in the past nine months—most recently for criminal damage to property when he allegedly kicked in a door at the Skylark Motel, 5435 S. Archer.

Man allegedly molested girls
Edwert Equivel

A 47-year-old Ashburn man was charged with two counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a minor after he was arrested at his home in the 7700 block of South Springfield at 12:10 p.m. Thursday, July 16.

Edwert Equivel allegedly molested a 13-year-old girl and a 12-year-old girl in the weeks prior to his arrest, a CPD spokesman said without elaborating.

Bond was set at $200,000, and Equivel is currently in custody of the Cook County Department of Corrections. His next scheduled court date is Aug. 6.

Hit Pilsen man with weapons rap
Ruben Balderas

A 25-year-old Pilsen man was charged with unlawful use of a weapon, as well as driving on a revoked license, after he was arrested during a traffic stop in the 5900 block of West 60th Street at 4:22 a.m. Sunday, July 12.

Ruben Balderas, of the 1900 block of West Cullerton, was arrested by police combing the area in response to a ShotSpotter alert.

According to public records, Balderas has been arrested nine times by CPD since 2014 on charges that included violating probation, failure to appear in court and drinking alcohol on the public way.

Charge Hometown teen with reckless conduct
Andrew Elam

An 18-year-old man from suburban Hometown was charged with reckless conduct and possession of alcohol by a minor after he was arrested at 80th and Komensky at 5:27 p.m. Thursday, July 9.

Andrew J. Elam, of the 8700 block of South Duffy, was apprehended without incident.

Nineteen days later, Elam was charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon in the July 26 death of a 39-year-man at a Burbank gas station.

According to published reports, Elam fired a gun and killed Joshua Mena at or near the Gulf station at 8458 S. Cicero. Mena was hit multiple times and later died at Advocate Christ Medical Center.

Bond was set at $50,000, and Elam is due in court on August 27 in Bridgeview.

Reputed gang member arrested again in Scottsdale
Abdelrahma Ramadan

A 27-year-old man from suburban Cicero was charged with reckless driving and driving on an expired license after the vehicle he was driving was curbed by police in front of 8210 S. Pulaski at 8 p.m. Thursday, July 16.

Abdelrahma A. Ramadan, 5300 block of West 22nd Place, was reportedly spotted running three stop signs by police on patrol.

According to public records, Ramadan—a reputed gang member—has been arrested eight times by CPD since 2014 on such charges as unlawful possession of a firearm by a streetgang member in a vehicle.

Arrested in the same incident was Scottsdale resident Richard Calderon, 21, of the 8100 block of South Karlov, a passenger in the vehicle who allegedly had a handgun on him. 

According to public records, Calderon was arrested at his home in March 2018 and charged with possession of a gun with a defaced serial number.

Kicked me in the leg, woman says
David Lichaj

A 31-year-old Clearing man was charged with domestic battery after he was arrested at his home in the 5700 block of West 63rd Street at 11:14 p.m. Wednesday, July 22.

David M. Lichaj allegedly kicked a 32-year-old woman in the leg during an argument.

Pushed me against a wall, woman says
Jonathan Marques

A 29-year-old Scottsdale man was charged with domestic violence after he was arrested at his home in the 4100 block of West 77th Place at 8:50 p.m. Thursday, July 16.

Jonathan A. Marques allegedly pushed a 28-year-olf woman against a wall during an argument.

Man allegedly beat boy
Alfonso Magana

A 39-year-old Vittum Park man was charged with domestic battery after he was arrested at his home in the 5100 block of South Leclaire at 2:10 a.m. Wednesday, July 22.

Alfonso Magana allegedly used a cable to repeatedly hit a 12-year-old boy in the legs, causing welts, a CPD spokesman said.

According to public records, Magana was arrested by CPD in June 2016 near 35th and Morgan and charged with assault and driving without insurance.

Charged with spitting in trooper's coffee

A 25-year-old Garfield Ridge man was charged with disorderly conduct, reckless conduct
Vincent Sessler
and battery of a peace officer after he was arrested on July 31.

Vincent J. Sessler, of the 5100 block of South Parkside, allegedly spat in the coffee he sold to an Illinois State trooper at about 10:20 p.m. Thursday, July 30 at the Dunkin' Donuts at 6738 W. Archer, where Sessler worked.

An ISP statement said, "Due to the coffee being extremely hot, the Trooper removed the lid from the top of the cup of coffee in order to cool it down. The Trooper observed a large, thick piece of mucus which was later confirmed to be saliva, floating inside it. ISP District Chicago Troopers immediately initiated an investigation that culminated in [Sessler's arrest].

“This is outrageous and disgusting. The men and women of the Illinois State Police put their heart and soul into protecting the lives and rights of all people in this state every day,” stated ISP Director Brendan F. Kelly. “They deserve better than this insulting and dangerous treatment. For their safety, ISP officers and employees will be prohibited from patronizing this location."

Sessler remains in custody at the Chicago Lawn (8th) District Station, the ISP added.

A Southwest Chicago Post request from Dunkin' Donuts corporate headquarters drew this response: "We are aware of the matter that took place at the Dunkin' restaurant located at 6738 W. Archer, Chicago, IL. Dunkin' and all of our franchisees share the goal of creating a welcoming environment in all Dunkin’ restaurants and treating all guests with dignity and respect. The type of behavior reported to us is inconsistent with the brand’s values. The franchise owner who independently owns and operates this restaurant, informs us that he took immediate action to investigate the matter and terminated the individual responsible for this reprehensible behavior. Dunkin’ has a deep appreciation for police officers who work tirelessly to keep our communities safe, and the franchise owner has reached out directly to the officer to apologize for the experience.”

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