Too stunned to call cops
04/25/2012 10:00 PM
A 21-year-old Jacksonville man gave up his iPhone to an armed robber after walking and talking on the 300 block of South Canal Street at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 18.
The man told police he was walking down Canal Street when a man walked up next to him then alongside him for about half a block. The man then pulled up his shirt, revealing a handgun and demanded the victim’s cellphone before walking away southbound on Canal.
The victim was so “scared and stunned,” police said, that he walked to a public phone to call his girlfriend and refused to talk to police until his girlfriend arrived.
Phone stolen, woman dragged
A 34-year-old woman visiting Chicago from Indiana was walking in the 600 block of South State Street, talking on her cell phone at 2:15 p.m. Thursday, April 19, when a young man ran up from behind and snatched her cell phone and then tried to take her purse.
Police said the woman was wearing her purse across her body and she struggled with the thief as he tugged on her purse and dragged her to the ground. Lacking the purse, he then ran down into a nearby ‘L’ station.
The woman told police she was then surrounded by seven teenagers who offered to get back the woman’s cell phone in exchange for payment.
Armed robbers nabbed
Police caught three suspects in a cell phone robbery that took place at about 11:30 p.m. Saturday, April 21, after the victim was able to trace her stolen phone by activating the “Find my iPhone” application on her cell phone.
The victim, a 27-year-old Chicago woman, was walking on the 900 block of South Plymouth Court late April 21 when she was approached by two men, one who displayed a handgun, and demanded her cell phone before fleeing northbound.
Police later recovered the cell phone and charged three men with armed robbery.
Foiled robbers still make bank
Three men attempted to rob the Tuscany restaurant at 77 W. Wacker Drive at 10:45 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, but were unsuccessful and were forced to flee with $985 from a woman’s purse and her iPhone.
Police said the three men entered the restaurant and two of the men went into the restroom while the third man sat on a couch in the restaurant area. An employee of the restaurant told police that the first two men jumped over the bar, displayed a gun and demanded that the employee open the cash register.
When the employee couldn’t open the cash register, because he didn’t know the password, the men fled with the iPhone and money from the woman’s purse.
Battery at sushi shop
Police charged a 26-year-old Chicago man with battery after he assaulted a 28-year-old fellow employee at the Sushi Sai restaurant at 123 N. Wacker Drive at 10 p.m. Saturday, April 21.
Police said Jun Zhang, of the 900 block of West 34th Place, had argued with the employee earlier in the day and threw food at the man before being terminated from employment at the restaurant. He then returned to the restaurant later that night and punched his now former fellow employee in the face and body. He was arrested when he returned to the restaurant at 10:45 p.m.
Seven apartments burglarized
First District Chicago Police reported seven burglaries of apartments at 1212 S. Michigan Ave. between the hours of 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 17. No additional details were available.
Root canal rage
A 64-year-old Chicago woman assaulted her dentist in a downtown office Thursday, April 19, and was charged with simple battery for punching his son in the face. Police said the woman had asked to speak in private to the dentist, a 60-year-old Northbrook resident, at 11 a.m. April 19 and told him she wouldn’t be seeking service that day.
Police said she then became upset and when she was asked to leave the office at 25 E. Washington St., reached out and struck the dentist’s son, a 29-year-old Northbrook resident.
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 Mike Ulreich
This article has been corrected from a version that previously appeared online and in print to reflect that 1st District police reported five burglaries of apartments at 1212 S. Michigan Ave. between the hours of 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, not at 1720 S. Michigan Ave., as originally reported.