Mugging at Union Station
01/11/2012 10:00 PM
On the evening of Jan. 9, police picked up Richard E. Harvey, 43, of Waukegan, after he attacked and extorted a man at a Union Station.
According to the victim, an 18-year-old man from Palatine, Harvey, approached him at around 9:15 p.m. that evening while he was waiting for his train and proceeded to demand that the man give him his money, at one point pushing him against and striking the victim in the shoulder. Harvey then reportedly threatened to cut the manís face if he didnít comply.
The man replied that he didnít have money, only a Visa gift card, and Harvey then led him to a nearby ATM where he told the victim to take out some money. The man took out $20 and the offender stated that it wasnít enough, so he took out another $20 and gave it to him.
The two then began to walk away, at which point the victim ran back inside and contacted police. Officers arrived shortly after and apprehended Harvey, who after being identified by the victim, was found to have $40 in cash and a gift card in his front pants pocket.
Bullet in the leg
Police arrested Guan Taylor, of the 900 block of South LaSalle Street, after he shot an acquaintance in the leg following a physical dispute on the morning of Jan. 6.
According to several witnesses, Taylor, 22, was embroiled in an argument with a man who was involved with one of his family members at his home at around 9:30 a.m. when he brandished a revolver and shot the man in the left thigh, in what may have been an act of self-defense.
Police later arrived at the scene at retrieved the gun from the basement of the house, also finding a spent casing from the weapon on the porch and an active round in the front room. Taylor was placed in custody following the incident, and a relative of the offender said she was not interested in pressing domestic battery charges against the victim.
Sleeping on the loading dock
Police arrested three homeless men who were sleeping on a loading dock at a business on the 300 block of North Lower Michigan Avenue.
On the morning of Jan. 9, officers picked up the three men, who ranged between 35 and 51 years of age, after receiving a call from owner of the business who said the men were blocking access to the building and stated that he had asked them to stay off the premises on several occasions.
Man refuses to leave church
Police arrested 48-year-old Claude Scott, of the 12000 block of South Lafayette Street, for trespassing in a church on the afternoon of Jan. 2.
According to a security guard at St. Peterís Church, 110 W. Madison St., at around 3:00 p.m. that day, Scott entered the building and proceeded toward a restricted area, at which point the guard told him to leave, to which the offender reportedly replied ďI ainít going no motha******* where!Ē
The guard again asked him to leave, and Scott again refused to go. The guard then went outside and flagged down a patrolling police office.
An employee at the Elephant & Castle restaurant at 185 N. Wabash Ave, was arrested for allegedly threatening a co-worker with a knife on the evening of Jan. 1.
The victim told police that he had questioned the man and two co-workers about drinks they had been consuming during their shift. A verbal altercation ensued, at which the employee stated that the offender took out a knife and threatened to stab him.
The victim related that the altercation was broken up by co-workers. No injuries were reported as a result of the incident.
A man reported that several fake checks had been used to withdraw money from his firmís account at Northern Trust Bank on Jan. 4. The victim stated that four over-the-counter withdrawals, totaling nearly $10,000, had been made from a business account belonging to his law firm, located on the 200 block of West Wacker Drive.
The withdrawals were made with checks that had the correct account number and address for the firm, but the man stated that the checks did not correspond to his firmís actual business account numbering pattern.
This summary contains information taken from the crime reports and arrest records of the 1st District of the Chicago Police Department. Anyone named has only been charged with a crime. The cases have not yet been adjudicated
óCompiled by Ian Fullerton