Friday, December 28, 2007

Shooting at 5300 Cottage Grove

*At 8:50 p.m., Wednesday, December 26, on the 5300 block of South
Cottage Grove, a woman was shot by an unknown man as she and a male
companion both walked southbound on Cottage Grove. The unknown person
exited the passenger side of a light blue Chevy Corsica (Illinois
plates) and began shooting at both victims. No words were exchanged.
When the victims ran from the incident, the shooter returned to the
vehicle and fled northbound on Cottage Grove. The female victim was
treated at a local hospital. Police are investigating.*

Thursday, December 20, 2007

No bond for 3rd U. of C. suspect

December 16, 2007
BY DAVE NEWBART <> Staff Reporter

A third suspect charged in the murder of a University of Chicago
graduate student was ordered held without bond Saturday.

Benjamin Williams, 21, of Dolton, was alleged to have acted as a scout
and lookout for a group of teens involved in a series of robberies Nov.
18 near the U. of C. campus.

Authorities said he was one of five people involved. The other two
remain uncharged.

Williams allegedly helped identify potential victims and then watched
out for police. Authorities said he admitted his role in the spree.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Armed Robbery at 60th and Tracks

At 9:36 a.m., Friday, December 14th, on East 60th Street, underneath the
Illinois Central viaduct, a woman was walking westbound from Stony
Island when she heard running footsteps behind her. When she turned
around an unknown man pointed a small chrome revolver at her, demanded
her wallet and money. He took her cell phone and wallet and fled east
and south from the location. Police are investigating.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

arrests in connection with Amadou Cisse murder

Last week, the Chicago Police Department announced an arrest related to
the Nov. 19 attempted robbery and fatal shooting of Amadou Cisse. Eric
Walker, 16, was charged as an adult with first-degree murder and one
count of attempted armed robbery with a firearm in connection with
Cisse's death in an incident that occurred at 1:26 a.m. at 6120 S. Ellis
Avenue. He was also charged with two counts of armed robbery with a
firearm in connection with the robbery of two women at 924 E. 57th St.
at 1:15 a.m. that morning by an individual who said he had a weapon. A
third incident, for which he was also charged with one count of armed
robbery with a firearm, occurred in connection with the robbery of a man
in the 5300 block of S. Greenwood Avenue at about 1 a.m. that day.

This morning, a second person was charged in connection with related
incidents on Nov. 19. Demetrius Warren, 17, was charged with two counts
of armed robbery for the robbery of the two women on 57th St., and one
count of armed robbery in connection with the robbery of the man on S.
Greenwood Avenue. Additionally, Warren was charged with aggravated
discharge of a weapon in connection with a fourth incident that morning
at 12:33 a.m. at 6045 Woodlawn Avenue, in which a man was chased by an
individual who fired a shot in his direction.

The Chicago Police Department was able to find a car fitting the
description given by two robbery victims and which had been recorded on
Medical Center cameras. University Police and Medical Center staff were
able to locate this vehicle on Medical Center cameras that are deployed
in the area of the robbery of the two students.

Rudy Nimocks, UC Police Chief, put it well when he said: "We are also
saddened for the other young persons involved in this case. We see too
much violence against young people, in many cases committed by other
young people. We must all think about ways to confront the causes of
crime in addition to being diligent in our efforts to arrest the
offenders and make our community as safe as possible."

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Shooting today at 61st and Kimbark

At approximately 3:30 p.m. today (Dec. 4), a 16-year-old
male was walking with his sister and other teens on 61st Street between
Kimbark and Kenwood. A beige sedan passed them and someone inside the
car fired several shots in their direction, one of which struck the
victim in the right leg. The victim was taken to the University of
Chicago Medical Center, where he is listed in good condition. Police
believe that this is the aftermath of an earlier fight that occurred
near the Hyde Park Academy involving the victim's older brother. The
police are investigating.