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Monday, September 09, 2013

DAILY TICKER: Monday, September 9, 2013

The city released details of two recent neighborhood robberies this morning:

Sun, 01 Sep 2013 3:01AM

Sun, 01 Sep 2013 5:00AM

Sunday, September 08, 2013

GOOD TIMES: Weapons Violation on Halsted; 90 Minutes In Our "Entertainment District"

Here are just a few of the things that our grossly understaffed 19th district officers had to handle overnight.

Of course, all of this helps explain why the district was unable to assign radio calls due to a shortage of officers. This morning's Radio Assignment Pending (RAP) status took effect sometime before 2:30AM and it continued until 5:51AM as officers tried to deal with children entertainment seekers.

Since the short-handed police officers that our district does have are tied up with antics like the following, the department is unable to launch appropriate responses to robbery, burglary, and even criminal sexual assault ("rape") calls. Offenders know that our district is unable to effectively respond to criminal activity. That's why the thugs come here. And they aren't going to stop coming here until they're given a reason to go elsewhere.

2:25AM: Huge fight at Clark and Eddy in Wrigleyville. Six units respond as the fight pushes northbound on Clark.

2:26AM: An off-duty police officer working security on Halsted Street calls for help with a person they've detained at 801 W. Roscoe, outside of Roscoe's Tavern. The combative offender is charged with a weapons violation as detailed in CPD case #HW442488.

2:38AM: Officers report a large fight on the corner of Clark and Sheffield. A woman is injured and seeks help at the nearby Taco Bell.

3:05AM: An officer reports making a battery arrest at 3500 N. Clark along the Wrigleyville bar strip.

3:11AM: A battery in progress is reported at 3407 N. Clark at Roscoe Street.

3:20AM: Officers assigned to a foot post at Belmont and Sheffield ask for a car to help them. Fights are breaking out in different places and the foot officers can't get to them all.

4:03AM: People fighting in the street at 739 W. Belmont.

CITIZEN TIP: Cops Find Michigan Runaways At Broadway/Sheridan

Unit 1970: Call "Good Morning America" because we found 'em.
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This is what can happen when citizens report suspicions to the police and there are enough police to allow for timely follow-through.

Well done officers and well done, neighbor! Here's the story on ABC.

WRIGLEYVILLE STUNNER: 3 Off-Duty Officers Targeted In Wrigleyville Attacks, Dispatch Says

Editors' Note: A police executive has expressed that a report on CWB about an off-duty officer being robbed this morning is false.  There's just one problem. CWB has never reported or implied that an officer was robbed. Period.  It is interesting to see that the 19th district brass now finds it in their interest to create a robbery story rather than deny one. Talk about using some new muscles. CWB stands by our report.

In a stunning development this morning, the 19th district handled two calls of off-duty police officers being jumped, apparently in two separate incidents near Wrigley Field around 5 o'clock this morning. Few details are available at this hour.

In the first incident, an off-duty officer who was riding his bike to work was jumped by four men near the intersection of Grace and Sheffield. An on-duty unit made contact with the officer and the officer is OK. According to a "flash" issued to on-duty officers, the attackers, described as four male blacks in their 20's, were last seen running south and possibly west from the scene of the attack. One offender wore a red sweat jacket with two white stripes and the other three offenders wore all black. News of the attack came first from the 19th district desk.

Moments later, at 5:07AM, dispatchers announced that two off-duty officers sought help at the CFD firehouse, 1052 W. Waveland, just outside of Wrigley's left field wall. According to dispatch reports, the  police officers went to to fire station for help after being "beaten up." No further information is available at this time.

SUNDAY STUNDAY: At Least 2 Robbed Overnight

Ahh! Sunday morning. The smell of coffee in the air and news of overnight robberies to share.

• An employee of the  24-hour CVS pharmacy at Halsted and Barry called 911 for a man who sought help in the store after being robbed around 1:30AM. Officers arrived, but the victim told them that he did not want to file a report and did not want to press charges. We've added this to the list of "unofficial" robberies.

• Around 3:50AM, a man called 911 from 3170 N. Sheridan at Belmont to report that he had been robbed of his cell phone. The offender is described as a male black, 30 years old, dark complexion, with a black bandana or sweatband on his head. He was last seen running westbound on Belmont. Case #TBD.

• Also of interest overnight, shortly after midnight, a caller identified as "security" called from Halsted and Aldine to report that they were holding a man wanted for robberies in the area. There is no indication that anyone was taken into custody.

DAILY TICKER: Sunday, September 8, 2013

It's official. Just-released information from the city confirms that August 2013 will go down as the single worst month for robberies in Wrigleyville and Boystown since publicly-available records begin (January 2001).

August beat out the previous worst month, June 2012, by at least two robberies.

And to think that August managed to achieve the worst-ever record in spite of the police commander and alderman's non-existent "saturation" of officers, hit-or-miss "entertainment detail," and giant empty bus strategies.

Information about two robberies from last Saturday has been released by the city today:

Sat, 31 Aug 2013 3:04AM

Sat, 31 Aug 2013 3:30AM

Saturday, September 07, 2013

CON-TRACTOR: Resident Walks In On Apparent Burglar

A resident of the 1000 block of W. Barry encountered what appeared to be a smooth-talking burglar when she returned to her apartment around 2:45PM on Wednesday afternoon.

The male white suspect is described as looking very similar to Larry The Cable Guy. He is heavy set, 30-40 years old, 6-feet tall, with reddish hair, and a mustache. He wore jeans, tan Timberland boots, and a white t-shirt with blue and white paint on it.

Upon encountering the victim, the offender said he was doing work for the apartment's management and that he had to go talk to his partner in a van out front. There was no van. There was no partner. The management company had not sent anyone to work in the victim's unit.

GRAPPLING GROUPS: Friday Night Fights, Etc

Wrigleyville may be known for having rowdy, rambunctious crowds. but it couldn't hold a candle to Boystown last night.

A 3-on-1 fight was reported at Newport and Clark. The group of brawlers was last seen in the 900 block of Newport, fighting its way toward Halsted.

Security at the Wrigleyville Taco Bell, 1111 W. Addison, detained a suspect who tried to pass a counterfeit bill. Resolution unknown.

There were some scary moments for a man, his wife, and their daughter in the 600 block of W. Melrose. Their initial call to 911 at 2:30AM reported a suspicious person at their side door. Five minutes later, another call came in and the matter was escalated to a burglary in progress. At 2:37AM, 911 reported people screaming for help at that location because an intruder had gained entry to the home. Police arrived within seconds of the intrusion call and back-up officers were called.

Police took the offender, a male white wearing flip flops, into custody for criminal trespass to residence as recorded in Chicago Police Department case #HW441135

A battery in progress was reported at 3420 N. Halsted, just north of Roscoe. A separate caller reported a fight in progress across the street at 3411 N. Halsted. The group dispersed when officers arrived.

Neighborhood Watch volunteers called in a battery in progress with "25 people fighting in the street" at Halsted and Cornelia, near the Taco & Burrito Palace. Arriving officers reported "a lot of people over here. We're gonna clear them out." The matter was resolved at 3:51AM.

Two incidents were reported simultaneously along Belmont between Halsted and Clark.

First, callers reported seeing a man being beaten up outside of Spin nightclub. It appears that no arrest was made, however officers handling this call did run a record check on an individual who lives in the far South Side's West Pullman neighborhood.

At the same time, other callers reported a large group of people damaging a red car on the street near Clark and Belmont. An officer on scene reported the presence of a "pretty big group." One person was taken into custody for reckless conduct. Case #HW441218.

Fight image: Steel Cactus

PEOPLE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD: Four Robbery Convictions, Paroled in June, Currently Hangs His Hat Here

Officers made contact with a gentleman identified as JC in the area of Belmont and Sheffield at 5:45 this morning. Mr. C has a clear current record, so he was allowed to go on his way.

According to Chicago Police records, Mr. C has a history of gang crime activity with the Black Disciples street gang.

Cook County Court records show that Mr. C has significant experience in the Illinois court and prison system.

According to county records, Mr. C was paroled on June 20, 2013, after serving a 5 year sentence for aggravated battery causing great bodily harm. Other career highlights:
January 1987, sentenced to 5 years for burglary.
January 1987, sentenced to 5 years for robbery.
October 1990, sentenced to 8 years for armed robbery.
August 1994, sentenced to 8 years for attempted armed robbery.
November 2000, sentenced to 3 years for retail theft exceeding $150
October 2002, sentenced to 2 years for retail theft exceeding $150
August 2004, sentenced to 3 years for attempted armed robbery.
February 2007, sentenced to 18 months for retail theft exceeding $150
July 2008, sentenced to 16 months for retail theft exceeding $150.
Welcome to to the neighborhood, Mr. Crowder! You'll fit right in.

DAILY TICKER: Saturday, September 7, 2013

The city released details of one robbery today

Fri, 30 Aug 2013 11:02PM