Thursday, November 18, 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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Charge four with weapons crimes after chase ends in Clearing

Four men were charged with weapons-related crimes after they were arrested near 63rd and Austin at about 2:40 p.m. Wednesday, November 17.

A CPD spokesman said five men in a black Pontiac Grand Prix were spotted by an unmarked police unit near 61st and Mulligan. At least one of the occupants was seen firing a gun. The spokesman declined to say what the shooter's target was.

The vehicle then headed south on Mulligan-making its way to 65th Street, then east to Cicero, north to 63rd Street, then west. At one point, marked CPD units began following. The Pontiac sped up and just east of Austin sideswiped parked cars, as well as vehicles that were standing still in traffic.

That was captured on surveillance video and posted publicly on social media:

A CPD spokesman said five suspects bailed out of the Pontiac and fled on foot. Four were arrested after brief foot pursuits by CPD. One remains at large. Five weapons were recovered, police added.

Arrested were:

• Deangelo Hampton, 25, of the 5700 block of South Hoyne, was charged with one felony count of unlawful use of a weapon by a convicted felon.

According to public records, Hampton has been arrested four times by CPD since 2015 on such charges as possession of a controlled substance, aggravated discharge of a firearm and violating parole by having contact with street gang members.

According to the Illinois Department of Corrections, Hampton was sentenced to six years in prison in 2012 for burglary. He was released early and in 2016 was sentenced to six years in prison for aggravated discharge of a firearm. At the time of his arrest this month, he was out on parole.

• Martrieal Spencer, 23, of the 6400 block of South Claremont, was charged with one felony count of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, as well as one felony count of possession of a stolen firearm.

• Tyrone Wilson, 23, of the 6700 block of South Chappel, was charged with one felony count of unlawful use of a weapon by a convicted felon.

According to the Illinois Department of Corrections, in 2017 Wilson was sentenced to seven years in prison for possession of a stolen vehicle. He was paroled in March 2021.

• Raymond Griffin, 23, of the 600 block of South Margaret Place, Joliet, was charged with one felony count of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.

According to public records, Griffin was arrested by CPD in July 2021 near 63rd and Campbell and charged with battery.


According to the Cook County Department of Corrections, two of the four men are still in custody. Hampton is held on a $100,000 bond, and Wilson's bond was set at $50,000.

All four are due in court on Wednesday, Nov. 24.

The cases will undoubtedly be followed by the volunteer court watchers of the Chicago Lawn (8th) District Court Advocacy program. For information on joining that group, call (312) 747-8724, ask for the CAPS Office and then ask CAPS staff to put you in touch with the Court Advocates.

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