Aggravated assault at Metra station
07/13/2011 10:00 PM
Police apprehended three teens that intimidated a man in the bathroom of the Southwater Metra station, at 150 N. Michigan Ave., on July 7.
While in the bathroom, the victim was encountered by the three teens, and one started yelling homophobic slurs. A second offender then displayed a pocket knife and said, “You don’t want to mess with us, we Four-Corner Hustlers.”
The victim said that he didn’t want any trouble and was finally able to push past the offenders, who had blockaded the restroom exit. The offenders followed the victim onto Michigan Avenue and the second offender again produced a knife and identified himself as a Four-Corner Hustler, a known street gang. As the second offender approached the victim with a knife, the first offender began to approach with his fists clenched.
The victim, though, was able to grab his phone and call 911, after which the offenders fled. Police then toured the area and were able to find the offenders on the 600 block of North Michigan Avenue.
The victim said that he feared for his life during the encounter and believed that the offender’s actions were motivated by the victim’s sexual orientation. Charges against the offenders were pending at the time of the report.
Millennium Park evacuated
Police ordered Millennium Park evacuated around 6:45 p.m. July 9 after park security had filed a suspicious package report an hour earlier.
A citizen had alerted a Millennium Park security guard an hour earlier about a package near the Bean. Police discovered camouflage duct tape and rope and immediately cordoned off the area. An hour after evacuation, the police department’s bomb and arson unit detonated the package.
According to a news release from police, three people participating in a role-playing game had apparently left the bricks behind.
Kidnapping at Greyhound Station
David Haak, 22 of Hammond, Ind., allegedly assaulted and kidnapped his ex-fiancée at the Greyhound bus station, 527 S. Jefferson St., on July 8.
The ex-girlfriend and Haak arrived at the station to make a transfer to their next destination. When she told Haak that their relationship was over, he allegedly became irate and shoved his cigarette into her chest. He then dragged the victim around the grounds of the bus station, twisting her fingers and wrists, according to the police report.
Haak allegedly further hurt the victim and intimidated her into entering his vehicle. They then drove back to Hammond, where Haak was arrested.
Bomb threat to Willis Tower
A bomb threat was called into Willis Tower at around 6:30 a.m. on July 10. The building engineer said that he received a phone call stating, “You have a bomb on the ninth floor.” The engineer notified building security, which conducted a search of the floor with negative results.
Caller ID showed that the number came from a house in Silver Spring, Md. However, no suspects had been identified at the time of the crime report.
Driving into a construction flagger
A driver struck a woman who was directing traffic at a construction site at 1 S. Lower Wacker Dr. on July 8.
The victim said that while she was working as a flagger she told the driver to stop. But the driver then struck the victim with his car, leaving her on top of his hood. The offender then drove away.
The victim refused medical attention and did not claim any injury.
Can chucker busted
Timothy R. Hickman, 20, of Westerville, Ohio, was charged with reckless conduct after confessing to throwing pop and beer cans from his downtown hotel room on July 9. Hickman was seen throwing the cans from his 18th floor room at the Hilton Hotel, 65 E. 8th St.
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 Matthew Blake