Man reports being robbed 17 years ago so he can expedite his visa application, Chicago police report says

In 2006, this building at Independence and Roosevelt was a Church’s Chicken restaurant. (Google)

CHICAGO — What do you remember about Christmas Eve, 2006? Blackberry had one of the hottest phones. The Iraq War was almost four years old. And a Church’s Chicken restaurant was on the corner of Roosevelt and Independence.

iPhone destroyed Blackberry six months later. The Iraq War dragged on for another six years. And the Church’s Chicken closed a few years ago.

This week, though, a man walked into a Chicago police station to report that he was robbed at gunpoint as he left the chicken restaurant around 6 o’clock that holiday evening. According to the police report, he decided to file a complaint because his immigration lawyer told him he could expedite his visa application by becoming a crime victim.

The man, now 52 years old, filed his report at the Ogden (10th) District station Friday afternoon. He brought along his wife, who said she was there with their daughter, who is now 22 years old.

As the man walked toward the family car, a man pointed a gun at him and said, “Give me all your money,” the report states. The victim handed over $40.

According to the report, the man and his wife told officers this week that their immigration attorney advised them to report the crime “so that they can expedite their visa application.”

A “U Visa” is offered to “victims of certain crimes who have suffered mental or physical abuse and are helpful to law enforcement or government officials in the investigation or prosecution of criminal activity,” according to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services site.

The legislation intended to help law enforcement investigate and prosecute “domestic violence, sexual assault, trafficking of noncitizens and other crimes, while also protecting victims of crimes who have suffered substantial mental or physical abuse due to the crime and are willing to help law enforcement authorities in the investigation or prosecution of the criminal activity,” the site continues.

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