Basketball player's home invaded

07/18/2012 10:00 PM

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A 6-foot-9 professional basketball player was pistol-whipped and robbed in a home invasion at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 15 in the 700 block of South Financial Plaza.

Police did not say how the two offenders entered the apartment, but once inside, they attacked the 37-year-old athlete and broke his nose and cut open the left side of his head.

Police said the robbers took numerous items, including $107,200 in cash, a $3,000 check, a closet safe, wallet, drivers license, 10 credit cards, two cell phones, his keys and sunglasses.

Police were questioning people who knew the victim and reported that a bill of sale for the car in which the offenders fled the scene was found in the victim’s apartment. Police said an ammunition casing was found at the scene.

The victim, who reports said played basketball for Bradley University and professionally in Europe, was treated for his injuries at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

CTA robber caught back at crime scene

A 63-year-old Chicago woman who was robbed at 4:15 p.m. Friday, July 13 on the Red Line returned to the scene of the crime and confronted her assailant, leading to his capture by a police canine unit.

The woman was waiting for the southbound Red Line on the Washington Street platform July 13 when a man confronted her and asked if she remembered him. He then escorted her onto the train, saying he was going to “take her home,” while pressing an unknown object into her side, and telling her not to say anything.

Once on the train, he asked another passenger to give up their seat, saying he needed the space for his “70-year-old mother,’’ and then sat beside her. He then asked her where her cell phone was, rummaging in her bag looking for the phone. He then made her open her purse and found the cell phone in her purse.

The offender then left the train through an emergency exit. The woman then got off the train at Garfield Boulevard and told a security guard what happened. He suggested, according to police, that she board the northbound train and go back to Washington Street and see if the offender was there.

She did that, and found the offender on the platform and started shouting at him to return her cell phone and watch. He took off for the escalator and she followed him, shouting for someone to call the police. Members of a canine unit then observed the scene and took the suspect, identified as Anthony Martin, 52, of the 3900 block of West 169th Street in Country Club Hills, into custody. Martin was charged with strong armed robbery and police allegedly recovered the woman’s cell phone and watch from his pockets.

Assault at South Loop Hilton

Police arrested a 62-year-old Chicago man for aggravated assault after he allegedly threatened a clerk at the Hilton Hotel at 720 S. Michigan Ave. at 9:45 p.m. Thursday, July 12. Police said the man caused a disturbance inside the hotel and then refused to leave. He then threatened to “cut” a 45-year-old hotel clerk and reached into his back pocket.

Carjacked in South Loop

A 59-year-old Chicago man was assaulted and robbed at 4:30 a.m. Saturday, July 14 at 79 W. Cullerton St. The man told police he had parked his vehicle and attempted to exit the car when he was grabbed and had an unknown object pressed to his temple.

The assailant then snatched his car keys, and when the victim snatched them back, the assailant punched him on the left side of his head before going through his pockets and taking his cell phone before fleeing west on Cullerton.

Robbed on Lake Street

A 40-year-old Chicago man was robbed walking down Lake Street to a CTA station at 6:30 a.m. Sunday, July 15. The man told police he was approached by three men, one displayed a knife and the other two attacked him, punching him in the head. They then took $370, his wallet, drivers license, two debit cards and his watch.

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

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By Ben Meyerson from Chicago Journal
Posted: 07/19/2012 1:17 PM

Good point, Gunth. It's been fixed.

By Gunth
Posted: 07/19/2012 1:15 PM

The story about the CTA robber that was caught back at crime scene. If the woman was at Garfield on the red line and the security guard told her to "board the southbound train and go back to Washington." How is this possible, if the woman was at Garfield and boarded a south bound train, she would not get to Washington. The writer of this story is either directionally challanged or has zero journalism degree. DUH!!