Police search building for gunman

10/24/2012 10:00 PM

Mike Ulreich

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First District police searched rooms in a building in the 2100 block of South Michigan Avenue on Wednesday, Oct. 17, looking for armed robbery suspects before arresting three teenagers, two of whom were found hiding in the building.

Police said they received a report of a man with a gun at 100 E. Cullerton Ave. at about 9:30 p.m. Oct. 17 and found a 37-year-old cab driver from Skokie who told them he had been beaten and robbed at gunpoint by four men wearing black hooded sweatshirts. The men had fled southbound and were observed by a witness entering a building in the 2100 block of South Michigan Avenue.

Police were directed to a number of different apartments in the building, using caution because of the threat of a criminal hiding with a gun before apprehending five teenagers in two separate bedrooms in the building.

Police later released three 15-year-olds but arrested a 16-year-old who was found in possession of the victim’s iPhone, iPod and $60. Another 16-year-old was arrested after the victim identified him when police brought him down to the building’s lobby.

While police were in the lobby, a 17-year-old man entered who was identified by the cab driver as one of the suspects and he was also arrested. All three teenagers were charged with armed robbery.

Men arrested for fixing “dents”

Police arrested three men in a parking lot at 1340 S. Canal Street Saturday, Oct. 20 after police said they took $111 from a woman after fixing her car without her permission.

The 50-year-old Chicago woman told police the men approached her in a parking lot at 1300 South Clinton St. at 5 p.m. Oct. 20, and offered to fix the dents in her car for $150. The woman told the men she had no money and when she returned after shopping she told police there was a gray/white substance on her trunk, bumper and left and right rear quarter panels.

A man then demanded $450 for the repairs. The victim told police she felt threatened and gave them $111 before they fled in a white pickup truck.

Police later charged three men with deceptive practice.

Woman attacked on the way to work

A 33-year-old woman said she was robbed on East Cermak Road while on the way to work at 10:55 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 21.

The woman said she had just left the Red Line station at Cermak and Clark Streets, and after she crossed Wabash Avenue she said she was approached from behind by four men who pushed her to the ground and took her purse before fleeing north down an alley.

The purse was later found in the 2100 block of South Wabash missing an iPhone and house keys.

Homeless man robs ‘friend’

A man who police said appeared to have been drinking said he was punched and robbed by a homeless man on the 100 block of South State Street Saturday, Oct. 20.

The 42-year-old Algonquin man told police he befriended the homeless man and spent several hours walking around with him before the man turned on him, punched him and took his wallet. Police said the victim lost $300.

Police report lease scam

First District police reported a case of deceptive practice where a couple apparently paid $1,200 for a lease on a unit at 1400 S. Michigan Ave. Oct. 13 after they had found the property on the website Zillow.

Police said a 65-year-old man who owned the unit told police he had never listed the property for rent and did not know what happened to the couple’s money. The couple has used a Western Union Moneygram to pay for the lease.

Police later tracked the Moneygram to Texas. On Oct. 20, police said, another couple approached the man to inquire about the unit after seeing a listing on Zillow.

This summary contains information taken from the crime reports and arrest records from the 1st District of the Chicago Police Department. Anyone named has only been charged with a crime. The cases have not yet been adjudicated.

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