Cell phone thief shoots at victim

10/31/2012 10:00 PM

Mike Ulreich

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An 18-year-old man from Hammond said a man who grabbed his cell phone on a CTA platform at 69 S. State St. turned and fired a gunshot at him after he chased the man at 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27.

The man told police he was waiting for a Red Line train when he was grabbed from behind by one man as another grabbed his iPhone from his jacket pocket and started to run away. The victim said he chased the man, with three other offenders following him, when the man turned and fired one shot, forcing him to take cover.

Four suspects were stopped by police at the Chicago Avenue Red Line station and were searched, but the victim was unable to identify them, saying bad lighting at the station did not allow him to identify them.

Pregnant woman knocked over

Police arrested two men on battery charges Friday, Oct. 26 after one was observed by a 1st District tactical team punching another man and a second was accused by a pregnant woman of pushing the victim into her, causing her to fall to the ground.

Police said they were called to the 300 block of South Dearborn Avenue Oct. 26 and observed a disturbance with several people yelling and fighting. The crowd dispersed as the officers arrived but one offender was observed running up behind a man from St. Louis and punching him in the back of the head.

The pregnant woman, a 24-year-old from Cahokia, accused another offender of pushing the victim into her, causing her to fall down. An ambulance was called to examine the pregnant woman but she was fine, according to police. The two men were charged with battery.

Caught stealing lug nuts

Police arrested a 37-year-old Chicago man after he was observed using a car jack and monkey wrench to remove lug nuts from a car parked at Mufflers for Less at 48 E. Cermak Road on Friday, Oct. 26.

Police said an East Garfield Park man was confronted by an employee of the store at 10:44 p.m. Oct. 26. The employee told police that the offender said he had the permission of the store owner to remove the lug nuts. But after checking with his employer, the employee called police, who charged Castillo with criminal trespass to land and attempted theft.

Phone thief scratches victim

A 20-year-old Chicago woman was robbed of her cellphone on a CTA train at 10:38 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, by a man who cut her hand with his nails during the robbery attempt. The woman told police she got on the Red Line at Belmont and as the train approached State and Lake, the man grabbed her cell phone and cut the victim’s hand during a struggle.

Robbed on Indiana Avenue

A 60-year-old Chicago woman was shoved, groped and robbed while walking at 4:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 26 in the 1600 block of South Indiana Avenue.

The woman told police she was walking northbound when a man approached going the other way and walked into her, pushing her against a fence while demanding her money. The man then snatched her tote bag from her shoulder and groped her, according to police, before running south.

The woman was not injured, police said, but lost her house keys, drivers license, credit cards and $4.

British tourist loses everything

A 35-year-old woman visiting Chicago from England lost her passport, plane tickets, credit cards and the key to her hotel room when her purse was snatched from the back of her chair while she was eating at Bennigan’s restaurant, 150 S. State St., at 8:15 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26. The woman told police she hung her purse on the back of her chair before noticing it was gone. A witness told police he saw a man bending over near the chair and then leaving the restaurant.

Forced to use ATM

A 27-year-old man from Belvidere was forced to remove $100 from an ATM Friday, Oct. 26 by a man he said showed him a switchblade knife in a bag in the 100 block of South Clinton St.

The man told police he was in front of Epic Burger at 7:40 p.m. Oct. 26 when the man mumbled some words to him. When he asked him to repeat what he said the man said, “Look in the bag,” according to police.

He then opened the bag to show the victim the knife and said he needed $100 and directed the victim to a nearby ATM, where the victim gave the offender $100 before fleeing southbound.

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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