Robbed at gunpoint, put in car trunk
11/23/2011 3:00 PM
Two people had thousands of dollars worth of possessions stolen at the 1500 S. Jefferson St. parking lot on Nov. 18 at about 9 p.m.
The victims said that they went to UPS to retrieve three T-Mobile cell phone boxes. Two unknown offenders approached as the victims were about to load the boxes into the car and a man yelled to the victims, “Yo lady; you all need some help, I will help you!” He then walked to the vehicle and started to help lift the boxes.
The other offender then showed a black steel handgun and ordered both victims into the vehicle’s trunk. The offender then shut the door and both offenders ran northbound into a dark, compact vehicle. According to a witness who is employed at UPS, the victims were able to leave the vehicle and escape injury.
However, the offenders first stole a $2,500 Gucci purse, numerous credit and debit cards, a $200 cell phone, and a $9,000 platinum wedding band with diamonds. They also took the three cell phone boxes.
Cop punched in Trader Joe’s parking lot
Dmitriy Shalupov, 26, of Chicago, was charged with aggravated battery after he allegedly punched a policeman in the face Nov. 19 in the parking lot of the 1147 S. Wabash Ave. Trader Joe’s.
The store manager had called police claiming that Shalupov was inside eating and drinking Trader Joe’s products without paying for them. Police arrived to discover Shalupov lying on the parking lot ground and ordered Shalupov to stand up and hand over any identification.
Shalupov provided his Illinois driver’s license but then used his closed right hand to punch the officer in the face, striking him just below his right eye. The officer fell to the ground at which time three officers used emergency takedown procedures to bring the offender to the ground and place him in custody.
Armed robbery while exiting CTA station
A woman was robbed at gunpoint while leaving the Jackson Blue Line stop at 230 S. State St. at around five in the morning Nov. 19. An unknown man approached her from behind and said “Whatever you got you better give me, you don’t want no trouble.” The victim turned around to discover the offender holding a small black handgun near his side.
The offender then grabbed the victim’s purse and went through the victim’s coat pockets. The offender next told the victim to walk straight away from him and the offender fled the scene. The offender took about $200 worth of property as well as credit cards.
Occupy Chicago protesters arrested on bridge
Police arrested 46 public demonstrators associated with Occupy Chicago the afternoon of Nov. 17 for impeding traffic on the LaSalle Street bridge across the Chicago River.
About 500 SEIU Local 1 members and Occupy Chicago participants had met at the Thompson Center at 4 p.m., where numerous speeches were delivered. “The speeches addressed the demands for jobs and opposition to the Federal Reserve Bank and U.S. banks,” the police report said. The crowd then went northbound on LaSalle toward the bridge. At the bridge, 46 participants sat in the traffic lanes prompting the intersection’s closure.
An officer issued two warnings via a loud speaker for participants to disburse and threatened arrest. When the participants didn’t disburse, police issued ordinance violation citations.
Escaping a CTA robbery
A CTA passenger narrowly avoided being the victim of an armed robbery while on the Monroe Blue Line platform Nov. 11 in the afternoon. The man was waiting for the Blue Line train when an offender approached him, pretending to know the passenger. The passenger backed away and the offender said, “Do you know how dangerous the gangs in Chicago are? I am a gang member.”
The offender then stuck a silver handgun in the victim’s left side. But the victim was able to spot a CTA employee and proceeded to ask him a question about where a train stop was located. The offender then left southbound up the stairs to Dearborn Street.
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