Friday, April 16, 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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Punched me in the face, woman tells police

A 28-year-old Washington Heights man was charged with domestic battery after he was arrested at the Skylark Motel, 5435 S. Archer, at 7:38 a.m. Tuesday, March 23.

Da’Michael Donta Stewart-Collier, of the 10000 block of South May, allegedly punched a 26-year-old woman in the face during an argument in a motel room.

According to public records, Stewart-Collier has been arrested three times by CPD since 2019 on charges that included possession of a replica firearm, obstructing identification, battery and theft.

Charged with domestic battery
Jose Quezada

A 39-year-old man was charged with domestic battery after he was arrested in the 3600 block of West 54th Street at 11:50 p.m. Friday, March 26.

Jose A. Quezada allegedly grabbed a 38-year-old woman and threw her on a bed during an argument.

Allegedly violated order of protection
Roberto Ocampo

A 27-year-old man from suburban Justice was charged with violating an order of protection after he was arrested in the 7000 block of West 63rd Street at 8:20 p.m. Saturday, March 27.

Roberto A. Ocampo, of the 0-100 block of Ironwood Drive, allegedly double parked in from of the home of a 25-year-old woman and tried to make contact with her, a CPD spokesman said.

Allegedly punched woman in the head
Justin Kasper

A 37-year-old McKinley Park man was charged with domestic battery after he was arrested in the 4700 block of South Pulaski at 7:53 p.m. Saturday, March 27.

Justin W. Kasper, of the 3300 block of South Seeley, allegedly pushed a 21-year-old woman to the ground and punched her in the head during an argument.

According to public records, Kasper has been arrested four times by CPD since 2016 on charges that included criminal trespass to a residence, criminal damage to property, driving on a revoked license and using a cellphone while driving.

Punched me in the face, woman tells police
Brian Pila

A 24-year-old Archer Heights man was charged with domestic battery after he was arrested at 47th and Knox at 3:30 a.m. Sunday, March 28.

Brian A. Pila, of the 4600 block of West 47th Street, allegedly punched a 26-year-old woman in the face, causing a cut near her eye.

The victim was transported to St. Anthony Hospital, where she was treated and released.

Say woman threw coffee at Dunkin’
Crystal Youssef

A 28-year-old Ford City woman was charged with battery and criminal damage to property after she was arrested in the 4600 block of South Ashland at 11:49 a.m. Monday, March 22.

Crystal M. Youssef, of the 4200 block of West 76th Street, allegedly threw a cup of coffee at a Dunkin’ Donuts drive-through worker near 43rd and Ashland and then drove around and damaged the front of the building, a CPD spokesman said.

According to public records, Youssef was arrested by CPD in 2017 near 68th and Artesian and charged with possession of a controlled substance.

Claim man threatened police
Jorge Molina

A 27-year-old Garfield Ridge man was charged with aggravated assault after he was arrested at his home in the 5900 block of West 55th Street at 9:32 p.m. Sunday, April 4.

Jorge J. Molina allegedly threatened and tried to spit on officers responding to a “domestic disturbance” call.

According to public records, Molina was arrested by CPD in July 2019 near 38th and Honore and charged with assault and reckless conduct.

Say man was blocking the street

A 34-year-old Rockford-area man was charged with obstruction of traffic by a non-motorist after he was arrested near Archer and Harlem at 7:25 p.m. Wednesday, March 31. Jonathan D. Vasseur, of the 2400 block of Windsor Road in Loves Park, allegedly was spotted standing in the roadway, soliciting motorists for money. A computer check also revealed that Vasseur was wanted on a warrant, although a CPD spokesman declined to describe the nature of the warrant or what jurisdiction it was issued from.

Man allegedly threatened motorist with gun
Antonio Ortiz

A 39-year-old West Lawn man was charged with aggravated assault after he was arrested in the 5800 block of South Kilbourn at 10:05 p.m. Friday, April 2.

Antonio Ortiz, of the 6000 block of South Kilbourn, allegedly threatened a woman during a fender bender near 50th and Cicero on March 26, a CPD spokesman said, adding that Ortiz allegedly pulled up his shirt and flashed a handgun in his waistband.

Police say man threatened them

An 18-year-old West Elsdon man was charged with disorderly conduct and assault after he was arrested near his home in the 5600 block of South Kildare at 3:18 p.m. Saturday, April 3.

Jesus M. Lopez allegedly approached police officers responding to an unrelated call and started threatening them, a CPD spokesman said without elaborating.

Charged with stabbing another man
Christian Diaz

A 31-year-old Vittum Park man was charged with aggravated battery after he was arrested at his home in the 5000 block of South Lamon at 6:43 p.m. Friday, April 2.

Christian Diaz allegedly used a knife to stab a 24-year-old man repeatedly during an argument and was apprehended by police responding to a “battery in progress” call.

A CPD spokesman did not comment on the condition of the victim.

Allegedly choked woman
Ishmael Lofton

A 21-year-old Woodlawn man was charged with domestic battery after he was arrested in the 5200 block of South Pulaski at 11:27 a.m. Sunday, April 4.

Ishmael E. Lofton, of the 6000 block of South Indiana, allegedly choked a 19-year-old woman during an argument, causing redness around her neck.

According to public records, Lofton was arrested by CPD in April 2019 near 61st and King Drive and charged with gambling and criminal trespass to land.

Bust Burbank motorist after crash
Joseph Medina

A 29-year-old man from suburban Burbank was charged with DUI after he was arrested in the 5200 block of South Knox at 1:45 a.m. Monday, April 5.

Joseph A. Medina, of the 8500 block of South Massasoit, allegedly was driving a vehicle when it crashed into a parked car and then a fire hydrant.

He then bolted from the vehicle and was apprehended after a brief foot chase, a CPD spokesman said.

Medina also was charged with failure to carry a driver’s license and driving an uninsured vehicle.

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