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Bucktown Woman Carjacked While Warming Up SUV

Michael Hamrick - Monday, December 19, 2016

A 24-year-old woman was carjacked at gunpoint early Sunday evening in Bucktown as she was warming up her SUV in the frigid Chicago cold. 

On Sunday evening, December 18, 2016, as temperatures were heading to subzero a woman was warming up her car at approximately 6:30pm when 2 unknown male offenders approached her vehicle displaying handguns. The victim fled from the vehicle located in the block of 1700 N. Wolcott leaving her personal belongings behind according to reports.

The stolen vehicle is a 2016 Black Ford Escape and the offenders fled the scene with the car. The car has not yet been located. The offenders are described as black, between the ages of 20 and 25 with one wearing a red hoodie and the other wearing a black jacket.



Chicago Police Are Looking For 2 Suspects in Bucktown Shooting

Michael Hamrick - Friday, September 23, 2016

On September 11, 2016 it was reported by many news outlets that a 25-year-old man had been shot in Bucktown. According to the original reports, the man went out drinking for the evening, passed out, went home and realized he had been shot in the chest as he was taking a shower. Many would agree that a lot of information was missing from those reports.

So the details of that incident include the following. On September 11, 2016 a 25-year-old Bucktown resident was walking home from a neighborhood bar at approximately 3:00am when he was involved in an attempted robbery. The 2 suspects approached the victim in an alley West of Damen Avenue between Charleston and Dickens. They shot the Bucktown resident in the chest at that time. The incident was captured on video through private security camera footage. The victim may have gone into shock (vs passing out) following the shooting. A significant amount of blood was found in the alley and on the sidewalks. He did, however, make it home and eventually to a hospital where he was listed in good condition.

The suspects involved in this shooting and attempted robbery are described as follows:

One black male approximately 5'7, 145 lbs, relatively thin with short black hair, wearing plain black hoodie, black pants and black high tops or boots armed with a silver/chrome handgun. One white/latino approximately 5'7, 155 pounds, wearing jeans with a navy blue "Just Do It" Nike hoody with white high tops. He was also armed with a handgun. It's believed a third offender was driving a red 4 door sedan Focus.

The photo of the 2 suspects was obtained via the security camera footage in the alley just before the shooting occurred. If you can identify these men, please contact the Chicago Police Department at (312)744-8290.

Photos courtesy of Gene Pierson.

2 More Shootings Occur in Wicker Park Area

Michael Hamrick - Friday, March 25, 2016

Is it just us? Or do the number of shootings in, and around, the neighborhood seem to rising rapidly this year? Two shootings have occurred on Western Avenue in less than 2 weeks. And on Wednesday March 9, 2016, a 19 year-old-man man was shot and killed just outside of the Division Blue Line El Station during rush hour. 

Last night a 25-year-old man was shot in the shoulder at approximately 9pm in the block of 1600 N. Western Avenue as he was crossing the street. The man was walking southbound when he heard shots and realized he had been hit. The unidentified man took himself to Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center where his condition was stabilized.

On March 12, 2016 a man was shot while sitting at a red light in the 1400 block of N. Western Avenue. As the man sat at the light, someone approached the vehicle and began shooting striking the man in the arm, leg and back. The man drove to Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center where his condition was stabilized police said.

All of the shootings noted above are believed to be gang-related according to the Chicago Police Department. 

Shooting Tonight Milwaukee-Division-Ashland

Michael Hamrick - Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Wicker Wire: Social media community pages first reported the news of a shooting at approximately 6:00pm this evening at 1223 N. Milwaukee Avenue; essentially the corner of Milwaukee/Division/Ashland and a few short steps away from the Blue Line "L" stop. The shooting took place during rush hour as commuters were heading home from work. According to a subsequent report published by DNAInfo a 19-year-old was shot sustaining a gunshot wound to the head and was taken to Stroger Hospital where he later was pronounced dead.

Police at the scene reported the shooter fled running northbound. Additional details will be provided as they become available.

Crime Alert: Wicker Park Resident Robbed At Gunpoint

Thyra DeCicco - Thursday, October 01, 2015

Wicker Wire: According to an announcement published earlier by Bucktown Community Organization President Steve Jensen, a Wicker Park resident was robbed at gunpoint on Sunday, September 27, 2015 at approximately 10:30pm. The victim was also struck in the face with the gun. The incident took place at Paulina and Pierce Street just south of North Avenue.

The assailant is described as being a Hispanic male approximately 20 years old and 6 feet tall. If you have any information please contact the Chicago Police Department at 312-744-8290. 

Wicker Park Party Ends With Shooting

Michael Hamrick - Saturday, August 08, 2015

Wicker Wire: The Chicago Sun Times is reporting a man was shot while at a party in Wicker Park early Saturday morning. The party was being hosted in the block of 1900 W. Division Street. And, at approximately, 3:15am someone opened fire shooting a 21-year-old in the foot. The man was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital where he was reported to be in good condition.

Police Issue Community Alert For Area Burglaries - Robberies

Michael Hamrick - Monday, April 27, 2015

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14th District Chicago Police have issued community alerts in response to a number of burglaries and robberies recently occurring in the area and surrounding neighborhoods.


Burglaries - Burglaries occurred in the following locations when the residents have been out of town. The offender(s) enter through a door or window and remove property. 

-Block of 1500 W. Wabansia - Between March 30 and April 2, 2015

-Block of 1800 W. Cortland - Between April 7 - April 9, 2015

-Block of 2100 N. Oakley - Between April 2 - April 17, 2015

No description of the offender is available at this time.


Robberies- In addition to the burglaries, there have been 4 instances in the neighborhood and surrounding areas where lone women were approached on the street. The offender knocks the victim to the ground, or in one case, physically assaulted the woman, and then takes the woman's purse or cell phone. The offender is described as a black male in his 20's, 5' 9" - 6' tall and approximately 160-180 pounds.

Robberies have occurred in the following locations:

-Block of 1300 N. Hoyne - April 11, 2015

-Block of 1200 N. Marion Court - April 11, 2015

-Block of 1700 N. Kimball - April 15, 2015

-Block of 2500 W. Wabansia - April 20, 2015 


Please always stay alert and be aware of your surroundings. If you have any information regarding the above, contact the Chicago Police Department.

Woman Mugged in Wicker Park - Sunday Evening

Michael Hamrick - Monday, April 13, 2015

On Sunday evening we were contacted by an eyewitness who stated a woman had been mugged in the 1200 block of Marion Court in Wicker Park. The mugging took place just North of Taus Authentic and the former location of Moonshine 1824 W. Division Street. 

On April 12 2015, at approximately 7:30pm, the woman was punched in the face and her belongings were taken. The men then jumped into a black Chevy and drove away. The only problem for the assailants, the woman's cell phone was in her purse leading police to an arrest which was confirmed by the Chicago Police Department.

Additional details regarding the arrest were provided via DNAInfo this morning. The phone was tracked to the far West side where a 20 year old was arrested. 

A mugging occurring at 7:30pm on a Sunday evening in a busy area is unusual and unexpected. So be sure to stay alert everyone. 

Community Alert Issued By CPD For Bucktown

Michael Hamrick - Monday, March 23, 2015

The Chicago Police Department has issued a Community Alert for the Wicker Park, Bucktown neighborhoods due to an increase in the number of residential burglaries during the month of March. According to the alert, the unknown offender(s) gained access through a rear door.


Incidents Were Reported At The Following Locations:

Block of 2000 W. Dickens March 12, 2015 between 12:00pm-8:00pm

Block of 2000 N. Leavitt March 12, 2015 at 5:00pm

Block of 2000 N. Leavitt March 14, 2015 at 2:00pm


Clearly the incidents are occurring within close proximity to each other. Please be vigilant. Should you see any suspicious conduct, report it through 911.

Keep all windows and doors locked and alert your neighbors. 


Information provided courtesy of the Chicago Police Department, 14th District.




Puppy Stolen in Bucktown

Michael Hamrick - Friday, June 20, 2014

Photo: DNA Info

Not that long ago, 2 French Bull Dogs were stolen during a Lakeview burglary. And now it has happened in Bucktown. DNAInfo is reporting that Chanel, a rescued 9 month old pit bull puppy (pictured on the left) was stolen during a burglary in the block of 2200 W. Belden. In addition to the puppy, approximately $9,000 in personal items were also stolen.

The burglary happened at approximately 5pm on Thursday afternoon. Surveillance video shows 2 men in the area at approximately that time. That video has been turned over to police.

Please keep your eyes open for Chanel and contact Chicago Police immediately with any information.

 

Puppy Stolen in Bucktown Burglary [DNA Info]


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