GAME OF MOANS: Rough Weekend Brings Multiple Robberies, Knifing In Boystown

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Suddenly, it seems like old times around here.

This summer has been substantially different from last summer in many ways. Robberies are way down in Wrigleyville and Boystown. The overnight shift has not been running out of cops nearly as often as it did in 2013. Not this weekend, though. Nope. Not this weekend at all.

Our police district entered “Radio Assignments Pending” (RAP) status at least three times this weekend, forcing dispatchers to stack up piles of 911 calls until officers became available to respond.

Police response for a man who got beat up and robbed on Belmont this morning took almost an hour. Fortunately for the victim, our local ambulance wasn’t quite so busy.

We are working to collect details on that incident as well as three other notable reports:

  • A stabbing/slashing in Boystown at Cornelia and Elaine Place early Saturday.
  • A robbery early this morning in which the female victim sought help by walking up to a 19th district patrol car that was guarding Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s home. (Update: WLS now has a brief story.)
  • Another woman robbed near Newport and Racine.

Highlights (or low lights) of the weekend:


2:09AM – Officers on patrol see a guy get “sucker punched” outside Roadhouse 66, 3478 Clark. Punchee needs an ambulance but wants nothing to do with the cops.

2:11AM – Report of a white guy hitting people at random as he walks down Broadway near Wellington.

2:24AM – Woman calls 911 to report that some guy just punched her boyfriend for no reason near CVS at Clark and Barry. Offender description: Male, white, 25, 5’6″ tall, 150 pounds, wearing a white baseball type shirt with blue sleeves. Last seen walking northbound from CVS.

3:33AM – Police respond to Illinois Masonic Medical Center’s emergency room where a man is being treated after getting beat up near Old Crow Smokehouse, 3506 Clark. CPD case HX389547.

3:37AM – Callers report people yelling on the street in the 700 block of Cornelia, just east of Halsted.

3:44AM – Callers now say the yelling has turned into a fight.

3:55AM – Officers arrive on Cornelia and immediately order an ambulance for a victim who suffered an apparent knife wound. One arrest for aggravated battery with a knife/cutting instrument. Victim is transported to Illinois Masonic. CPD case number is HX389558.

4:46AM – District runs out of cops. Enters “Radio Assignments Pending” status. Remains in RAP until 7:21AM.

2:32PM – One arrest at Center on Halsted for criminal trespass to state-supported land. CPD case HX390081

3:20PM – District enters RAP status again. Stays there until 4:28PM


1:27AM – Unspecified incident at the address of Wrigleyville’s Taco Bell. Large police response. Two arrests. At least one ambulance transports an offender to Illinois Masonic. Situation is contained five minutes later. For now, the matter is believed to be classified as criminal damage to property in case HX390767

1:36AM – One arrest for battery at Roscoe and Halsted. CPD case HX390751

1:47AM – Officers stationed outside of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s home call for a support unit after a woman walks up to report being strong arm robbed down the street at 4212 N. Hermitage. CPD case number is TBD.

1:48AM – Report of 20 teens fighting on the corner of Addison and Racine. Dispatchers are not sure if it’s related to the “Taco Bell” incident.

1:59AM – Woman calls from near Newport and Racine to report being robbed. Offender description: Male, black, about 20 years old, white shirt, jeans. He drove off in a white SUV. (UPDATE AUGUST 24: Robbery confirmed. CPD case number is HX390758.)

2:32AM – Units on Halsted, be on the lookout for a black Escalade with North Carolina plates. It is driving down the sidewalk.

4:22AM – Woman arrested at Hydrate, Halsted and Cornelia, for stealing wallets.

5:19AM – District enters RAP status again. Stays there for two three hours.

5:48AM – Man was just robbed at Belmont and Kenmore. Three offenders, described only as black males, beat him up and robbed him. Ambulance transports victim, who is believed to have a head injury, to Illinois Masonic Medical Center.

6:20AM – Still looking for someone to respond to that robbery at Belmont and Kenmore.

6:22AM – Report of a person down. Never mind. That call’s an hour old.

6:55AM – An officer is at Illinois Masonic taking a report for the man who got beat up and robbed at Belmont and Kenmore an hour ago. Case HX390922.

7:06AM – Dispatcher to newly-available unit: “Can you check…. I mean, this is really, really old. It’s like over an hour old. 14XX Irving Park. Auto accident with injuries.”

7:08AM – Dispatcher to another newly-available unit: “Need you to travel just a little bit for this really old [burglar] 42XX on Sheridan…the alarm is going off inside the church.”

7:09AM  – Dispatcher to unit: “Need you help me out…A really old ‘person down.’ They’re not going to be there, though. It says Halsted and Schubert….but ambulance 43 [already took the person] to Masonic.”

8:17AM – Dispatcher to unit: “I got a two-hour old battery report [needed for a victim in] Weiss Hospital…Can you go see if they still need you?”

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