Crime scene returners arrested
Chicago police reports - 1st District
08/29/2012 10:00 PM
Police captured three suspects in the attempted robbery of a Dunkin Donuts store at 626 S. Clark St. Thursday, Aug. 23 after they stopped to confront an unidentified woman on the street at 1212 S. State St. right after fleeing the robbery attempt.
Police said a man later identified as Renard Gordon, 30, of the 1300 block of North Hudson Avenue entered the store at 6:15 a.m. Aug. 23 and announced a robbery while holding his hand to his side as if he were holding a gun. When a customer entered the store shortly after the clerk asked for help, Gordon allegedly fled the scene into a waiting van, chased by the customer, a 32-year-old Chicago man, who took down the escaping van’s license plate number. A witness also told police they saw a third man, later identified as Patrick Gilliam, 48, of the 2100 block of South Drake Avenue, leave some bushes across the street from the restaurant and run to the van as it was leaving.
A police patrol later stopped to investigate a street disturbance involving Gordon and an unidentified female at 1212 S. State St. and then noticed a van pull up that matched the description of the van used in the attempted Dunkin Donuts holdup. Police then arrested Gordon, Gilliam and the driver of the van, who police identified as Laneer Winder, 54, of the 500 block of North Central Avenue. All three men were charged with attempted aggravated robbery.
Bank bomb threat
A man holding what later was found to be an empty bag but that he said contained a bomb held up the Chase Bank at 300 N. Michigan Ave., on Wednesday, Aug. 22.
Police said the man entered the bank at about 2:15 p.m. Aug. 22 and handed the teller an note that read, “I have a bomb. Give me all your money, don’t put in a dye packet and if you do put in a dye packet I will blow you all up because I don’t give a f*** about my life. Don’t play with me and the bomb will stay here with you.”
The teller then gave the suspect approximately $2,000 in cash and before he fled he placed a bag against the teller counter. Police said the suspect fled southbound but left behind not only the note but fingerprints on the teller counter.
The suspect was described as white/Hispanic between 35 and 45 years of age, between five-foot-nine and five-foot-11, weighing between 200 and 210 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes, wearing a tan Adidas baseball cap, a light blue Polo shirt, and rust-colored pants.
Attempted downtown child abduction
A man who gave his address as the Pacific Garden Mission at 1458 S. Canal St. was charged with attempted kidnapping and child abduction after police said he attempted to take a two-year-old girl from her parents while she was playing at the Daley Plaza Saturday, Aug. 25.
Police said a couple from Zion and their daughter were at Daley Plaza at 9:55 p.m. Aug. 25 when the man, identified as James P. Gates, 55, grabbed the two-year-old by the arm and said, “This is my daughter Goldilocks.”
The father of the child then stepped in front of Gates and the mother took his hand off her daughter’s arm but they told police Gates continued to try to grab the child. When the father continued to confront Gates, police said Gates struck the father in the face and then fled with the father giving chase.
Police then observed the chase and arrested Gates at 100 N. LaSalle St.
Robbed on the train
A 21-year-old Evergreen Park man reported that he was beaten and robbed of his cell phone on a south Red Line train at 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25. The man told police two men approached him on the train at about 400 S. State St., and demanded his phone and when he refused they punched and kicked him in the face and body and took his phone and wallet and exited at the Roosevelt Street station.
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.
—Compiled by Mike Ulreich