WRIGLEYVILLE STUNNER: 3 Off-Duty Officers Targeted In Wrigleyville Attacks, Dispatch Says

UPDATE December 11, 2013: Copies of these incidents’ police reports are now available HERE.

Editors’ Note September 9, 2013: A police executive has expressed that a report on CWB about an off-duty officer being robbed this morning is false.  There’s just one problem. CWB has never reported or implied that an officer was robbed. Period.  It is interesting to see that the 19th district brass now finds it in their interest to create a robbery story rather than deny one. Talk about using some new muscles. CWB stands by our report.

UPDATE 10 SEPTEMBER 2013: CWB believes, but has not yet confirmed that the bicycle incident is detailed in Chicago Police Department case #HW444159. The report was apparently filed on Monday, the day after the incident. Still developing…

UPDATE 15 SEPTEMBER 2013: CWB has confirmed that the bicycle incident is recorded in case #HW444159. It is logged as an assault because, while the offenders lunged at the officer as he biked past, they failed to make physical contact with him. The two officers at the firehouse left before on-duty officers arrived, according to a 19th district officer. CWB’s original report follows.
In a stunning development this morning, the 19th district handled two calls of off-duty police officers being jumped, apparently in two separate incidents near Wrigley Field around 5 o’clock this morning. Few details are available at this hour.

In the first incident, an off-duty officer who was riding his bike to work was “jumped” by four men near the intersection of Grace and Sheffield. An on-duty unit made contact with the officer and the officer is OK. According to a “flash” issued to on-duty officers, the offenders, described as black men in their 20’s, were last seen running south and possibly west from the scene of the attack. One offender wore a red sweat jacket with two white stripes and the other three offenders wore all black. News of the attack came first from the 19th district desk.

Moments later, at 5:07AM, dispatchers announced that two off-duty officers sought help at the CFD firehouse, 1052 W. Waveland, just outside of Wrigley’s left field wall. According to dispatch reports, the  police officers went to to fire station for help after being “beaten up.” No further information is available at this time. CPD case #4450111.

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