Boystown: Man convicted of anti-gay hate crime among three busted with stolen car

Mack Heard, previously convicted of an anti-gay hate crime, was driving a stolen car with two other occupants in Boystown, police say. | CPD; Google

A man once convicted of an anti-gay hate crime in the Loop is among three occupants of a stolen car who were arrested in Boystown this week, according to police and court records.

Around 11:45 p.m. on Wednesday, police spotted the stolen 2011 Chevy Impala heading south on Halsted Street in Boystown. Officers followed the vehicle until backup units arrived and the car was pulled over in the 3400 block of North Broadway a few minutes later.

The car’s three occupants were arrested and charged with a variety of crimes, according to a police spokesperson:

• Mack Heard, 24, of the 700 block of East 73rd Street was charged with felony receiving-possessing a stolen motor vehicle; misdemeanor driving without ever being issued a license, and carrying open alcohol while driving.

Fields | CPD

• Mishawn Fields, 23, of the 7700 block of South East End Avenue was charged with felony possession of suspect amphetamines and misdemeanor criminal trespass to vehicle.

• Christopher Young, 23, who lists the Howard Brown Health Center in the 4000 block of North Sheridan as his home, was charged with misdemeanor criminal trespass to vehicle.

Police said the stolen car was taken sometime between 2 a.m. and 8 a.m. on November 1st from the 3200 block of North Clark Street.

Heard was convicted of a 2011 felony hate crime charge after he and two other teenagers used anti-gay slurs while threatening a gay man with a knife inside a bathroom at Millennium station in the Loop.

The teens taunted the 23-year-old suburban man about his hair, threatened him, and one pulled out a knife saying, “You don’t want to f*ck with us. We Four Corner Hustlers,” according to a police report.

Young | CPD

Police said the victim made his way past the teens, but they followed him out and continued to insult and threaten him as he walked on Michigan Avenue where one of the teens charged at him with clenched fists.

Heard was sentenced to two years probation for hate crime. When Heard failed to meet the conditions of that sentence, he was sent to boot camp in 2014, according to court records.

Police records show that Fields has been arrested five times as an adult and four of those arrests were made in the Boystown area.

Young has also been arrested numerous times as an adult in Boystown.
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