COPLESS: District Out Of Cops, Robbery Victim Waits 20+ Minutes For Help; Mayor’s Nearby Home Remains Fully Protected

24 hours a day, even when no one’s home, two of our 19th district police cars sit outside  of
Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s home. They cannot leave, even when a woman has just been robbed 3 blocks away.
Here, the cars are seen on Google’s satellite image of the mayoral compound.

The 19th district ran out of police officers twice between Saturday afternoon and dawn Sunday, but the mayor’s house remained very, very well protected. And when a woman was attacked with bleach in a robbery attempt nearby Saturday, the mayor’s house remained protected. Front and back. The woman, just three blocks away, waited more than 20 minutes for a police car to become available to help her.

Our district has run out of cops twice so far this weekend, entering what the police department calls “Radio Assignments Pending” status or RAP. During RAPs, emergency calls sit around until an officer becomes available to take the most important case.

The first RAP of the weekend was declared at 2:10PM Saturday. It ended at 6:36PM.

Woman Bleached By Robbers Waits 20+ Minutes For Police, Ambulance

Witnesses say two offenders tossed bleach on a woman and then tried to rob her in the 4400 block of Paulina around 3:20PM, less than an hour into the afternoon-long RAP.

The robbery failed, possibly due to the intervention of witnesses.

Unfortunately, even though multiple 911 calls were placed, the victim had to wait for an officer to become available to handle the call. A squad car made it to the scene 20 to 30 minutes after the robbery and the officers immediately asked for an ambulance to treat the woman, who was transported to Weiss Memorial Hospital.

The offenders were long gone by the time cops arrived—last seen eastbound on Sunnyside from Paulina:

#1—Female, black, 17-18 years old, 5’2″ tall, 115 pounds, long blonde and brown braided hair, wearing a tan waist jacket and tight black stretch pants.

#2-Male, black, 17-18 years old, 5’9″ tall, wearing a black hoodie, black face mask, green camouflage pants, and black boots.

Don’t worry, though, citizens. The mayor’s nearby home remained protected by at least two patrol cars while the robbery victim with bleach in her face waited for help. Once again, the mayor is safe.

Logged as an attempted armed robbery with a dangerous weapon in CPD case HX160920.

An apparent witness has posted on Everyblock.

RAP Numero Dos

This morning, all of the district’s officers were tied up again and another RAP was entered at 5:26. We had to chuckle when a 20th district car was brought down to the 19th district to help control traffic following an accident on Lake Shore Drive.

Dispatchers have never — NEVER — called in 20th district cars to handle robberies, burglaries, stabbings or beatings that occured during previous RAPs. But they did call in reinforcement for traffic duties. Remarkable.

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