CHICAGO — Let’s check in and see how things are going with some of Chicago’s “new neighbors” at the city’s newly-opened migrant shelter at 1308 North Elston, across from the Salt Shed.
Arturo Moron, 39, is one of the Venezuelan transplants calling the shelter home, according to his recent Chicago police arrest report.
Cops arrested him for misdemeanor battery after he allegedly threw a rock at a 61-year-old suburban man’s SUV, breaking the front windshield around 10:45 a.m. on December 8 in the 1000 block of West Division.
Moron threw another rock that hit the victim in the forehead when he rolled down his window to yell about the shattered windshield, the report continued. It said Moron went on to strike the victim in the back of the head with a “half-broken crutch.”
The victim got out of his SUV and pinned Moron until the police arrived.
In another case, CPD officers arrested 30-year-old Carlos Mujica-Garcia around 4 p.m. on December 14. Two officers paying the Elston Avenue shelter a courtesy visit said they saw Garcia jumping on top of a vehicle and punching its windows in the traffic lanes of Elston Avenue.
The cops said Garcia pushed one of them into the street and then fought with both officers, who had to call for backup, while telling one officer, “Te voy a matar.” That means “I’m going to kill you,” according to the translation provided in Garcia’s arrest report.
One of the officers suffered a broken hand during the struggle with Garcia, the report said.
He’s charged with felony aggravated battery of a peace officer, reckless conduct, and resisting police. Judge Maryam Ahmad released him from custody the next day. According to court records, a warrant is now out for his arrest because he failed to show up for his first court date on December 21.
Angela Materano, 21, was arrested at Macy’s, 111 North State, on December 16. Store security officers allegedly saw her take a bunch of clothing into a dressing room and then walk out of the store with the items concealed in a plastic bag.
She was careful to wrap all of the shoplifting sensor tags with aluminum foil before she walked out the door with $712.50 worth of merchandise, according to her arrest report.
Prosecutors charged her with felony retail theft. Like Garcia, she didn’t attend her first court date on December 22. The judge decided to notify her of her oversight by sending a postcard rather than issuing an arrest warrant, according to court records.