Beaten and robbed on Red Line

11/21/2012 10:00 PM

Mike Ulreich
Contributing Writer

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A 24-year-old Chicago man was hospitalized after he was attacked and robbed Sunday, Nov. 18 on a Red Line train in the 200 block of South State Street.

The man told police he boarded the Red Line train at the Clark and Lake station at 3:50 a.m. Nov. 18 when he was approached by seven men who asked him for change for a $10 bill. When he declined their request, police said, the men surrounded him and began to punch him causing bruising, swelling and lacerations to his nose that later required stitches.

The man told police that he exited the Red Line after the attack and tried to follow his assailants but lost sight on them. He was later transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital by family members.

Downtown bank robbed

The BMO Harris bank at 99 W. Washington St. was robbed Friday, Nov. 16 by a man who police said didnít display a weapon.

The man, described as between 40 and 45 years old, five-foot-five inches tall and 145 pounds, approached a teller and asked for change. When the teller looked up the man was displayed a note that said: ďDonít say anything. Just hurry up and give me all the money.Ē Police said the teller quickly complied and the robber walked out with $3,074 and a battery pack.

Fraud outside the Shedd

Police arrested three Arlington Heights men for deceptive practices Saturday, Nov. 17 when they were found in possession of counterfeit credit cards after trying to buy Go Chicago passes at the Shedd Aquarium, 1200 S. Lake Shore Drive.

Police said they have had problems with people redeeming Go Chicago passes, which provide pre-paid admissions to Chicago museums and then selling them outside for below face value.

When two of the men tried to buy a large number of the passes at 11:40 a.m. Nov. 17, Shedd employees conducted a verification check on the passes and the men quickly left. The employees then notified Shedd security, who called the police.

The men were found outside the Aquarium and further investigation, police said, revealed the counterfeit credit cards in possession of Dannis Balevics, 26, of the 2100 block of Arlington Heights Road in Arlington Heights. Balevics was charged with credit card fraud along with Janis Kostiks, 21, and Dmitri Buzinskijs, 27, both of the same address in the 2100 block of Arlington Heights Road.

Shot fired into Presidential Towers

A resident of Presidential Towers, 625 W. Madison St., reported a gunshot fired Sunday, Nov. 18 through the window of his apartment on the 16th floor. The man told police he heard a loud blast at 4:45 a.m. Nov. 18 and discovered a hole in the window and damage to his walls. Police said they also found small shards of glass on the floor near the window. According to police, the hole in the window appeared to be the result of a single gunshot.

No charges in fight on 18th Street

Police reported a fight between 2 and 2:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 18 in an apartment at 1 E. 18th St. in which the four victims were also the four offenders. Police said the fight included two 19-year-old Chicago men, a 21-year-old Chicago woman and an 18-year-old woman from downstate. None of the victims decided to press charges and no charges were filed, police said. Everyone refused medical assistance.

Beaten by bats on Canal

A 31-year-old Chicago man said he was attacked by a group of three men armed with baseball bats at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17 while walking in the 600 block of South Canal Street.

The victim was taken by ambulance to Stroger Hospital. Two of the suspects were described as around 16 years old and the third as 35 years old. The victimís bag contained a laptop, iPhone and HIV medication.

This summary contains information taken from the 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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