Friday, January 8, 2021

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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Police continue to investigate slaying of teen on Archer

Detectives continue to hunt for suspects in the slaying of a 13-year-old boy, shot to death as he
Xavier Quiroz.

stood outside in the 5500 block of South Archer, two days after Christmas.

Xavier Quiroz was attacked just before 9 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 27. He reportedly was on his way to a store to buy batteries for a Christmas toy. He was struck in the chest, back and shoulder. He was rushed to Advocate Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 9:36 a.m.

Detectives are said to be exploring multiple possibilities—everything from a random act of violence, to a case of mistaken identity to a targeted shooting for reasons unknown. No one is in custody.

Family members expressed shock and confusion over the killing. Jennifer Simon, the boy’s mother, told local news reporters that her son was a child with a kind heart who never got into trouble with others.

A GoFundMe page set up by relatives to pay funeral expenses has generated $19,745 in donations from 340 people, far surpassing its $10,000 goal.

“Xavier was a CPS Kinzie Elementary School student who was a victim of senseless gun violence over the Christmas weekend,” family members wrote on the GoFundMe page. “Xavier loved basketball, his dogs, and his family. Xavier is survived by his mom and two younger brothers, ages 4 and 6.”

As donations cascaded in, the family added, “There are not enough words to express our heartfelt gratitude for the outpouring of support we have received for Xavier and our family. We are both humbled and heartened by the incredible generosity from family, friends, and community. Because of you and your overwhelming kindness, we can now cover the cost of Xavier’s funeral expenses and provide traumatic grief counseling and extended support for Xavier’s two younger brothers and mother during this unimaginable time. Please know that Xavier’s entire family remains forever grateful for all you have done in the midst of our tragedy.”





Claim man damaged fence, trespassed
Glenn Whitmore


A 56-year-old Hearst area man was charged with criminal trespass to land and criminal damage to property after he was arrested in the 4600 block of South Lavergne at 4:06 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6.

Glenn Whitmore, of the 4500 block of South La Crosse, allegedly damaged a fence as he broke into a property and then broke the window of a vehicle, a CPD spokesman said without elaborating.

According to public records, Whitmore has been arrested seven times by CPD since 2018 on charges that included theft, burglary and criminal trespass to property.




Charged with unlawful possession of debit card
Violetta Antczak



A 38-year-old woman from suburban Burbank was charged with unlawful possession of a credit/debit card when she was arrested in the 8600 block of South Pulaski at 11:45 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 3.

Violetta Antczak, of the 6100 block of West 79th Street, was apprehended by detectives acting on a tip.

According to public records, Antczak has been arrested three times by CPD since 2015 on charges that included criminal trespass to land.




Claim man stole at Ford City
Timothy Gee



A 36-year-old South Side man was charged with retail theft after he was arrested at a store at Ford City at 4:25 p.m Monday, Dec. 7.

Timothy T. Gee, of the 300 block of East 80th Street, allegedly stole apparel and other merchandise from a store. He was detained by a security guard and held for police.

According to public records, Gee has been arrested 10 times by CPD since 2017 on charges that included burglary, retail theft, battery, domestic battery and criminal trespass to a vehicle.



Claim man is connected to October shooting
Ronnie McGhee



A 32-year-old West Elsdon man was charged with unlawful use of a weapon by a convicted felon after he was arrested at his home in the 5400 block of South Kilbourn at 9:35 a.m. Monday, Dec. 14.

Ronnie B. McGhee was reportedly implicated by video evidence in an Oct. 15 shooting near 37th and Western in which West Englewood resident Carols Yanez, 20, was fatally struck in the back as he rode in a northbound vehicle.

According to public records, McGhee was arrested by CPD in 2014 near 63rd and Francisco and charged with possession of a controlled substance.




Allegedly kicked woman in the stomach
Joel Covarrubias



A 27-year-old Ashburn man was charged with domestic battery after he was arrested at his home in the 3800 block of West 77th Street at 9:06 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8.

Joel Covarrubias allegedly kicked a woman in the stomach during an argument.

A charge of aggravated assault was added after the victim told police that Covarrubias threw a candle in a glass jar at her. He also was charged with violating an order of protection.




Traffic stop leads to weapons bust
Jonathan Marques



A 29-year-old Scottsdale man was charged with unlawful use of a weapon after he was arrested during a traffic stop near his home in the 7700 block of South Karlov at 8:27 pm. Thursday, Dec. 10.

Jonathan A. Marques allegedly admitted to officers that he was carrying a handgun in his vehicle.

According to public records, Marques was arrested last July at his home and charged with domestic battery.





Home search leads to drug charges
Jorge Quiroz



A 20-year-old Garfield Ridge man was charged with four counts of illegal drug possession after he was arrested by officer executing a search warrant at his home in the 5200 block of South Melvina at 9:35 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12.

Jorge Quiroz allegedly was found to be in possession of a large amount of cannabis and other items, a CPD spokesman said.

According to public records, Quiroz was arrested by CPD in 2018 near 51st and Lamon and charged with cannabis possession.






He scratched my face, woman tells police
Jonathan Ledesma



A 48-year-old Garfield Ridge man was charged with domestic battery after he was arrested at his home in the 5600 block of South Archer at 1:54 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8.

Jonathan R. Ledesma allegedly scratched the face of a 38-year-old woman during an argument. 

According to public records, Ledesma has been arrested three times by CPD since 2018 on charges that included possession of a controlled substance.





Police arrest man who reportedly fled
Enrique Enriquez


A 36-year-old Little Village man was charged with driving on a revoked license, speeding and aggravated fleeing after he was arrested by police in the 5400 block of South Millard at 7:11 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5.

Enrique Enriquez, of the 2300 block of South Trumbull, was initially spotted driving a vehicle without headlights near 52nd and Kedzie, a CPD spokesman said.

Police reportedly tried to curb his vehicle, but he allegedly sped away and eventually bailed out near 51st and Millard. After a foot chase, police put him in custody.

According to public records, Enriquez was arrested at his home earlier this year because he was listed as a fugitive from justice on an out-of-state warrant.




Reputed gang member busted on 57th
Ernesto Magana



A 22-year-old man from the town of Minooka, Ill. was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm by a streetgang member in a vehicle after he was arrested in the 3900 block of West 57th Street at 1:01 a.m. Monday, Dec. 7.

Ernesto Magana, of the 1300 block of Emington Lane, was a passenger in a vehicle stopped by police because it was blocking an alley, a CPD spokesman said. Magana also was charged with possession of a firearm laser sight.

According to public records, Magana was arrested last January on the West Side and charged with possession of a controlled substance and unlawful use of a weapon.




‘Suspicious person’ call leads to arrest
Eddie Anderson



A 51-year-old West Side man was arrested on a warrant charge after he was apprehended in the 5400 block of South Nordica at 7:58 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15.

Eddie Anderson, of the 400 block of North St. Louis, was detained by police responding to a “suspicious person” call. A CPD spokesman did not say what the warrant pertained to or from which jurisdiction it was issued.

According to public records, Anderson has been arrested four times by CPD since 2018 on charges that included aggravated assault and criminal damage to property.




Convicted felon charged on gun rap
Dontay Sampson-Jones



A 29-year-old Woodlawn man was charged with failing to register with authorities as a convicted gun offender, after he was arrested during a traffic stop in the 3800 block of West 59th Street at 6:45 p.m. Monday, Dec. 21.

Dontay Sampson-Jones, of the 5900 block of South Michigan, also was cited for driving on a revoked license.

According to public records, Sampson-Jones has served time in state penitentiaries on convictions that included possession of a stolen vehicle, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and possession of a controlled substance. In 2020, he was arrested twice and charged with domestic battery.






Allegedly spat in officer’s face
Mashay Miller


A 21-year-old South Side woman was charged with aggravated battery of a peace officer after she was arrested in the 6100 block of South Kedzie at 1:26 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22.

Mashay Miller, of 600 block of East 40th Street, allegedly spat in the face of a police officer attempting to detain her as part of an investigation.

A CPD spokesman said that Miller walked away from a vehicle curbed by police, in response to a report of members of a funeral procession waving guns out of their vehicles. The procession started at a funeral home near Archer and Kedzie, the spokesman added.

According to public records, Miller was arrested in 2018 and charged with battery.











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