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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.

Chicago PD Issues Community Alert For Wicker Park Burglary, Sexual Assault

Michael Hamrick - Saturday, August 27, 2016
The 14th District Chicago Police Department/District Bureau of Detectives has issued the following Community Alert for Wicker Park, Bucktown and the surrounding areas according to the Office of News Affairs. The alert includes: Attempted Criminal Sexual Assault, Home Invasion and Residential Burglary that all occurred yesterday, Friday August 26, 2016. The specific details about the crimes according to the Chicago Police Department are listed below:


On Friday, August 26, 2016 at 12:45 am, a female was asleep in her residence on the 1400 block of North Greenview Avenue when she was awakened by a man standing at the foot of her bed with his pants down. The intruder removed numerous items from her home and fled the residence. Evidence suggests that this subject may have used the window to enter and/or exit the residence.

On Friday, August 26, at 10:45 pm, the victims were in their residence on the 1200 block of North Wood when they heard noises coming from the rear bedroom. The victim went to investigate the noise and observed the bedroom door had been locked from the inside. The victim forced the bedroom door open and observed the offender had escaped through the bedroom window. 

On Friday, August 26, 2016 at 11:10 pm, a female was asleep in her residence on the 1800 block of West Evergreen Avenue when she was awakened by unknown subject, unclothed from the waist down, on top of her covering her mouth with his hand. The victim was able to break free and observed the subject fleeing the residence from the bedroom window.

About the Offender
The offender in the incident on the 1400 block of N. Greenview Ave. and the incident on the 1800 block of W. Evergreen Ave. is described as a black male in his 20's.

What You Can Do
Call 911 to report any suspicious persons, vehicles or activity in the area. Ensure doors and windows to your residence are secured at all times. Be aware of this situation and alert your neighbors about the crime. If you have any information about this incident,lease call the Area North Bureau of Detectives at (312) 744-8261

Anonymous Tips can be submitted to TIPSOFT.COM

2 Men Shot in Wicker Park Early Saturday Morning

Michael Hamrick - Saturday, July 09, 2016

Patrons sitting outside of Flash Taco. Photo Credit: Sam Charles/Sun-Times

Early Saturday morning 2 men were standing in the epicenter of Wicker Park, on the block of 1500 N. Milwaukee Avenue, when they were shot. The incident happened at approximately 2:30am. The two men were talking while on the street and heard gunfire. They realized they had each been shot according to a report published by the Chicago Sun-Times. 

One man, 26, was shot in the leg and taken to Stroger Hospital. The other man, 23, was taken to Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center with a graze wound to his leg. Both men are in stable condition.

The shooting occurred just outside of the Flat Iron Arts Building and directly across the street from Flash Taco at North-Damen-Milwaukee Avenue. 



CRIME ALERT: 3 Beaten, Robbed in Wicker Park

Michael Hamrick - Thursday, July 07, 2016

Please be careful and stay alert in the neighborhood everyone. Two separate incidents occurred this week where men were assaulted and robbed in Wicker Park. Just before midnight on Tuesday July 5, 2016 two employees of XOCO Bistro (1471 N. Milwaukee Avenue) were beaten and robbed by 6 teenagers. The incident occurred in the block of 1700 W. North Avenue. According to a report published by DNAInfo, the teenagers bumped into the men before they attacked, beat and robbed them; stealing a cell phone, 2 backpacks and a wallet. The incident has resulted in one of the employees quitting his job.

The teenagers involved in this incident are described as black with short hair, ages 13-17, shorter than 5 foot 8 inches and weighing less than 150 pounds.

The 2nd incident occurred a few hours later at approximately 3am. A 36-year-old man was approached by 2 men as he was riding his bike in the vicinity of 2000 W. Pierce Street just north of Big Star and steps away from the Damen Blue Line El Station. The men approached him, pulled him off of his bicycle and then assaulted and robbed him.The man's green Schwinn bicycle and cigarettes were stolen. The only description offered by the cyclist was that the offenders were black.

If you have any information that can assist with the investigation of these crimes and/or the apprehension of the offenders, please contact the Chicago Police Department. Stay safe guys. 


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.

Man Shot And Killed in Wicker Park Last Night

Michael Hamrick - Saturday, May 23, 2015

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At approximately 2am, Chicago Scanner first reported a man had been shot, the fire department had arrived and CPR was being done at the scene of a shooting last night in Wicker Park.

According to a subsequent report published early this morning by the Chicago Tribune, the 34-year-old man was shot while on the back porch on the block of 1700 W. Pierce Street when someone opened fire. He was hit multiple times and taken to Stroger Hospital where he was pronounced dead.


Please be careful out there.


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.


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