Driver rams bicyclist in Loop
07/25/2012 10:00 PM
A 24-year-old Chicago man was accused of using his car as a weapon in an attack on a bicyclist at 6:20 a.m. Sunday, July 22, in the 100 block of East Randolph Street.
Police said the bicyclist, a 53-year-old Chicago man, had witnessed Joshua Payton, of the 900 block of West Lawrence Avenue, strike a 19-year-old woman during a traffic altercation on Randolph Street July 22 and when he yelled for him to stop, Payton allegedly drove his car onto the sidewalk and struck the victimís bike with his car, causing him to fall to the ground and cutting his forehead.
Police said Payton fled but was apprehended at Desplaines and Taylor streets. Payton was charged with aggravated battery and driving under the influence, police said.
Wounded man spits blood at paramedics
Police charged a 46-year-old Chicago man with three counts of aggravated battery Monday, July 23, after he allegedly punched and kicked two paramedics and a police officer who came to his aid at 5:35 p.m. in the 500 block of South Plymouth Court.
Witnesses said that a man had tripped over a curb and hit his head before responding paramedics found him sitting on the ground bleeding heavily from the back of his head.
The paramedics began treatment, placing him on a backboard and applying a neck brace before loading him on the ambulance. Police said he became combative when a police officer entered the ambulance and began kicking and punching at the paramedics and the officer.
At one point the man allegedly spat blood at one of the paramedics, covering the paramedicís face with blood. He was eventually charged with three counts of aggravated battery.
Pushed into bush and robbed
A 33-year-old Chicago man was the victim of a robbery Friday, July 20, by three men in a silver SUV while walking in the 1600 block of South Clark Street.
Police said the man was walking northbound on Clark at 1:50 a.m. July 20 when a man exited the SUV and displayed a handgun, demanding the manís backpack and iPhone. The victim told police that a second man then left the SUV and tackled him into a bush and took his backpack. The man told police a third man acted as a lookout.
The victim suffered minor abrasions to his left hand and refused medical treatment. In the backpack was a laptop, his iPhone, a checkbook and four dress shirts.
Robbers punch, then flee
Five men took part in a robbery of a 32-year-old Chicago man in the first block of East Cullerton Avenue at just after midnight on Thursday, July 19.
Police said the man was walking eastbound on Cullerton when one man stopped to ask him a question to distract him and a second man punched him in the face. The victim told police three other men were acting as lookouts. The suspects took the manís wallet, took $35 from his wallet, and threw it on the ground.
The men then fled eastbound on Cullerton but witnesses said they entered a building at 2001 S. Michigan Ave. The victim refused medical treatment.
A 23-year-old Chicago man was robbed of his iPhone at 1:45 a.m. Sunday, July 22, while walking down the 300 block of South Dearborn Avenue.
The victim told police he was walking down the street when two men approached him and one went to grab his cell phone from his right hand. When he tried to get his phone back, the men pushed him to the ground. The victim was later taken to Mercy Hospital, where he complained of injuries to his head, arm and knees.
Dice game broken up
Police charged two men with gambling after police allegedly caught them playing craps at 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 18, just outside 79 W. Monroe St.
A police tactical team reported they observed two men crouching on one knee facing each just west of the entrance to 79 W. Monroe with a small pile of loose cash in a pile between them. Police said they were taking turns throwing dice.
When approached by police officers, one of the men took the cash and placed it in his pocket.
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.
óCompiled by Mike Ulreich