South Loop man carjacked

09/21/2011 10:00 PM


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A resident of the 1900 block of South Wabash Avenue was the victim of an armed car hijacking Sept. 17 at around seven in the evening.

The resident told police that as he attempted to get into his garage, two men robbed him. The first placed a black and gray 9 mm gun to his temple and took the $900 he was carrying. The offender also stole the manís cell phone and wallet. During this time, the second offender served as a lookout.

The offenders then fled with the victimís vehicle. The resident received a call from his mother while at the 1st District Police Station informing him that his vehicle had been recovered, but was set on fire.

Student followed from school and robbed

Two unknown male teens attacked a St. Ignatius high school student with a Master Lock and stole his iPhone Sept. 19 at around 7 in evening.

The victim told police that he took the Roosevelt Road bus eastbound after leaving St. Ignatius and observed the two teens entering the bus at the Canal Street stop. When the victim exited the bus at Roosevelt and Michigan Avenue, the offenders also left and followed the victim into the Subway restaurant at 1300 S. Wabash Ave. After the victim departed the restaurant, the two offenders followed him to the Roosevelt CTA station.

The offenders then demanded to see the victimís iPhone. The offenders grabbed and shook the victim, and the first offender then punched the victim in the head with the silver lock about four to five times, causing a cut and several large bumps. The victim fell to the ground and the second offender reached into the victimís right front pants pocket and swiped the iPhone.

The victim is in good condition at the University of Illinois Medical Center after being treated for cuts and abrasions to the head. While the offenders remain unknown, the manager at Subway has flagged video footage of the offenders when they were in the restaurant.

Parking lot armed robbery

An attendant at Protected Parking, 430 S. Clinton St., was the victim of an armed robbery on Sept. 17 at around noon.

According to the victim, three men were in a burgundy Chevy SUV that pulled into the parking lot. One man exited the SUV and pointed a chrome automatic handgun at the victim and demanded money. The man with the gun then took a brown leather wallet from the attendant as well as $30. The man also took a cell phone and white briefcase with an undisclosed amount of cash, which contained the money Protected Parking had made the day before.

Before the offenders ran away in an unknown direction, they padlocked Cross in the parking booth.

CTA rider robbed, assaulted

A man on the Harrison Red Line platform was robbed on the morning of Sept. 17. The victim said that an offender approached him and asked what time it was. The victim gave the offender the time at which point the offender requested to use the victimís cell phone. The victim agreed.

The offender then placed his hand in his jacket pocket as if to act like he had a gun. He demanded the victim give all his possessions, which included an iPhone and $80. The offender then walked the victim up the stairs from the underground platform and, in the process, sprayed the victim with mace.

The offender then ran away in an unknown direction. It wasnít known at the time of the crime report if CTA security captured the incident.

Nonprofit receives another bomb threat

For the second time in three weeks, a bomb threat was called into the Safer Foundation, a non-profit at 571 W. Jackson Blvd. that works with the formerly incarcerated. A man called the foundation on the afternoon of Sept. 13 and said, ďBlow this [expletive] up.Ē At that time, the Safer Foundation employee hung up the phone. A bomb threat had previously been made Aug. 23.

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 Matthew Blake

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