Knifepoint robbery in the Loop
11/09/2011 10:00 PM
An unknown offender used the threat of a knife to rob a Tribeca Arts Academy student around 11 a.m. Nov. 1.
The student said that upon exiting the 7-Eleven at 179 W. Washington St. the offender approached him and said, “Give me a dollar.” The student continued to walk with the offender behind him, continuing to ask for money. The victim then walked down an alley at the above location when the offender grabbed him from behind, and pushed him against a dumpster.
The robber then placed a three-inch stainless steel pocket knife to the victim’s chest and said, “Give me all you have and you will walk away from here.” The victim said that he gave the offender $48 from his pocket and that the offender then ran away through the alley and north on Wells Street. The victim continued on to school at which time he called the police.
Threat from taxi driver
A taxi driver threatened the life of a driver at around noon on Nov. 2.
According to the threatened driver, he was going eastbound on the 400 block of West Jackson Boulevard when the taxi driver got in front of the victim’s vehicle and struck his car.
The victim said that after he and the cab driver exchanged words, the cab driver displayed a green folding knife and said, “Do you want to die?” The cab driver then fled in downtown traffic and police were unable to locate him.
A lot of missing milk
A milk truck driver said that he had his delivery truck stolen while he made a delivery inside the CVS drug store at 311 S. Wells St. on the morning of Nov. 3. The driver left his truck running while he went inside the store.
A security director for the Wells Street building saw the crime and also has surveillance footage of an offender attired in light colored pants and a blue waist length coat. The security director said that the offender drove the truck away southbound on Wells Street.
Police arrested about two dozen protesters for blocking the intersection of Jackson Boulevard and Clark Street Nov. 7 at around noon.
According to the police report, the offenders were impeding traffic, “creating a hazardous situation and jeopardizing their well being.” The offenders were arrested after twice refusing entreaties to disburse.
The show will not go on
Police charged a 20-year-old, an 18-year-old and a 17-year-old for reckless conduct after they did a street performance without a permit at 350 N. Michigan Ave. on the afternoon of Nov. 4.
Police responded to a call of disturbance from someone on the 300 block of South Michigan Avenue that the amplified music disturbed their business. Officers attempted to speak with the performers and request permits at which time all offenders fled on foot, cutting through pedestrian and car traffic.
The offenders’ attempted escape forced pedestrians on to the street and vehicles to make a sudden stop. Police caught up with the offenders and arrested them.
A CTA worker said that an unknown male approached her at the CTA garage at 312 S. State St. on the afternoon of Nov. 4 and said, “It’s going to blow up in 15 minutes.” He then exited the subway southbound on State Street toward Van Buren.
In a separate incident, a bomb threat was called into People’s Gas, 130 E. Randolph St., on the morning of Nov. 3. The caller’s ID indicated he was from Los Angeles. According to the employee at People’s Gas, the offender had dialed the wrong number and thought he made a threat to National Technical Systems in Los Angeles.
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
—Compiled by Matthew Blake