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Chicago’s Northside Dangers: 5th Strong Armed Robbery in Lincoln Park

Wed August 26 2009 6:27 am  http://www.arlingtoncardinal.com/?p=13527
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A fifth strong armed robbery was reported in the Lincoln Park neighborhood just after midnight (Tuesday night/Wednesday morning). A 20-year-old woman was approached by two offenders in the 800 block of West Webster Avenue (near Dayton & Webster & Oz Park). One offender hit her in the face with a handgun and the other offender grabbed her purse, which was later found in an alley in the 2300 block of North Fremont Street. The woman was not seriously injured and refused transportation by paramedics.

The offenders are described as black men in their 20s. One suspect had dreadlocks and a black and white hat.

At least eight attacks have occurred in the last two months in Lincoln Park and Lakeview combined.

Four other recent muggings in Lincoln Park have involved quick and violent attacks from behind in the early-morning hours by a crew of several offenders. The robbers took wallets and other personal items. One victim suffered a broken jaw during an attack.

FIVE LINCOLN PARK STRONG ARMED ROBBERY/MUGGING LOCATIONS
600 block W Fullerton Pkwy — July 27, 2009 — Thursday 2:00 AM — (male victim, 20’s)
2100 block of N Stockton Dr — July 27, 2009 — Thursday 2:05 AM — (male victim, 20’s)
2100 block N Cleveland — August 1, 2009 –Saturday 3:00 AM — (male victim, 20’s)
300 block of W Webster — August 1, 2009 — Saturday 3:30 AM — (male victim, 20’s)
800 block of W Webster — August 25/26, 2009 Tues/Wed — Midnight (female victim, 20’s)
(No weapons in the first four attacks, pistol-whip in fifth attack.)

A suspect with a criminal history as a West side gang member was detained and released in mid-August. The suspect was released after a police interview, but charges in one of four recent attacks in the Lincoln Park neighborhood are still possible. That attack occurred in the 2000 block of North Cleveland Avenue about 3:00 a.m. on August 1, 2009.

The Lincoln Park attacks have received a lot of media attention, but attacks are prevalent elsewhere in the City of Chicago.

Roscoe Village/Lakeview/Evanston
Early morning Tuesday August, 2009, Evanston police arrested two men and a woman suspected in two robberies and beatings that were reported early Monday in the Roscoe Village and Lakeview neighborhoods.

The offenders allegedly used a white Nissan Quest van they had stolen from a newspaper deliveryman who was badly beaten with a baseball bat at 3031 N. Damen Ave about 4:30 a.m.. The offenders distracted the victim while asking him for the correct time, and then assaulted him when he looked at his watch. The offenders were originally suspected of driving a gray late model Nissan Altima, and were connected to a another attack of a man walking to work about 10 minutes later at 3317 North Hoyne Avenue.

In Lakeview, a 49-year-old man was attacked by two young men after he left a store in the 3100 block of North Clark Street about 2:20 a.m. One attacker knocked the man down, the other stole his wallet, then fled. Good suspect descriptions were obtained about each offender. Both robbers were black men ages 20 to 25, wearing all-black clothing, including black shirts, pants and hats. Suspect #1 was about 5-foot-5, weighing about 160 pounds. Suspect #2 was about 6-foot-2, weighing about 180 pounds.

Rogers Park
Chicago Police arrested and charged one adult and two juvenile accomplices for the strong armed robbery of a Rogers Park man on Friday night, August 14 2009. The victim was taken to Illinois Masonic hospital where he was treated for his injuries.

Dwayne Jones, 18, of the 6600 block of North Ashland Avenue was charged with one count of
strong armed robbery. A second male, age 15, was also charged with strong armed robbery.
A third male offender age 15 was charged with strong armed robbery and battery.

The 52-year-old male victim stated he noticed the three subjects as he was walking in the
1600 block of West Lunt at about 10:45 pm on August 14, 2009. The offenders approached
the victim and began beating him about the body and head before taking his property.
Officers in the 24th District responded to a call of the robbery in the area. Officers patrolled the area and observed the three offenders who matched the description. Witnesses positively identified all three who had
attacked and robbed the victim.

Englewood
In July 2009 there were 47 reports of aggravated assault and battery in the Englewood neighborhood.

Proactive Response by Police and Neighbors of the Lincoln Park Neighborhood
Police have increased patrols in Lincoln Park and the Guardian Angels also patrol affected neighborhoods.


View Map of Lincoln Park Strong Armed Robberies 2009 in a larger map

A police forum was organized Thursday August 13, 2009 for Lincoln Park residents. Organizers warn that the meeting was important because many residents and bar patrons are naïve about traversing the trendy North Side neighborhood. High-ranking Chicago Police Department officers met with about 75 people who packed into the Lincoln Park Cultural Center, 2045 N. Lincoln Park West, with an informative presentation and discussion of recent violent muggings that have occurred late this summer. The muggings are unusual because, typical muggings do not involve serious injuries inflicted on the victims.

Cook County state’s attorney’s office and members of the Guardian Angels assisted the Chicago Police Department with the forum.

Area 3 (Belmont) detectives are investigating these cases.

See also …
Chicago Police Department

Guardian Angels — guardianangels.org
Chicago Chapter
Chicago, IL – United States
Chapter Leader: Miguel Fuentes
Mobile Phone: 312.217.7245
Email Address: ChicagoATGuardianAngelsDOTorg

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