Armed robbery near Union Station
11/16/2011 10:00 PM
A man was robbed walking home on the 600 block of West Adams Street on Nov. 12 at around 11:45 p.m. An unknown man approached the victim, gestured in his pocket — implying he had a gun — while telling the victim to comply or risk bodily harm.
The offender then escorted the victim to Adams and Riverside Plaza, where he stole the victim’s Calvin Klein prescription eyeglasses — valued at $300 — and $40 in cash. The offender fled and told the victim he would be shot if the victim followed him.
After waiting a short period of time, the victim approached a cab driver for help. The driver told him that the offender had entered Union Station at the Riverside entrance. The driver added to police that he has seen the offender frequently around Union Station in the last week.
Robbery on CTA platform
A man was victim of an aggravated robbery on the Jackson Blue Line platform, 330 S. Dearborn St., Nov. 9 at around 11:30 in the evening. An offender approached the victim saying that he needed food and requesting money.
The offender added that he was a Vice Lord gang member from the West Side and that he had a knife he was not afraid to use. The victim replied that he had no money — just an ATM card. The victim suggested that they go to an ATM machine for cash and the offender and victim left the CTA platform and stopped at the 7-Eleven at 343 S. Dearborn St. where the offender picked out food (a sandwich, a banana, a soft drink) for the victim to purchase. The victim also gave the offender $20.
The offender took the food and cash and exited the 7-Eleven on foot. Video surveillance was available at 7-Eleven, but a copy of the surveillance wasn’t available at the time of the police report.
Homeless men attacked on Lower Wacker Drive
Two unknown homeless offenders attacked two other homeless victims on the sidewalk on the first block of East Lower Wacker Dr. at around 1 a.m. Nov. 9.
The incident started when the offenders took some cardboard boxes from the victims and that the victims confronted the offenders to get the boxes back. One offender kicked a victim in the head while the other displayed a box cutter and cut one victim on the forehead and left shoulder and the other victim on the wrist.
Both offenders fled southbound and police could not locate them after the crime.
Five cars stolen
There were five reported motor vehicle thefts in the 1st police district area between Nov. 8 and Nov. 14 — which is a typical number for weekly motor vehicle thefts. (The district’s boundaries are the Chicago River to the north, the lake to the east, 25th St. to the south and the Dan Ryan expressway to the west.)
In one case, the morning of Nov. 13, a U-Haul truck was stolen from the 2300 block of South State Street.
In another incident a victim parked his 1998 truck at the 124 W. Polk St. parking garage on the morning of Nov. 11 and returned in the afternoon to find the truck stolen. It included the victim’s work equipment such a miner saw, table saw, trimming guns, and tool belt.
In another theft, a victim parked his van in the 600 block of South Financial Place on the morning of Nov. 10 and returned that afternoon to find it missing.
In another incident, a Jeep Cherokee parked on the street on the 400 block of South Jefferson Street was stolen the afternoon of Nov. 9.
Finally, a Toyota coupe parked on the street on the 300 block of South Clinton Street was stolen the morning of Nov. 9. The driver parked his vehicle in front of the above location with the keys in the ignition. The victim returned 10 minutes later to find the vehicle missing.
There are no known suspects for any of these thefts.
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