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Fake Cab Driver, Armed Passenger Rob Customer, and More

From Boystown brawl and biting that sends three to the hospital to a robber holding up a woman with a screwdriver in Lincoln Park, these are the 19th District Police Department's most recent police reports.

The following reports are based on police reports from Chicago's 19th Police District.

The district provides police protection on Chicago's north side, from Lawrence Avenue on the north, Fullerton Avenue on the south, the Chicago River on the west and Lake Michigan on the east. 

LAKE VIEW

SATURDAY, JAN. 5

Robber Socks Victim in the Face

A drunken man waved down police from a sidewalk in the 3500 block of North Clark Street around 2 a.m., shortly after he was reportedly jumped by two assailants who fled south down Clark Street. The 37-year-old victim told police the men punched him in the face before snatching his wallet, according to the report. He was unable to give a description of the suspects, police said, and was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center for treatment of serious injuries. Police weren't able to find the two men but have an idea of who they may be, the report said.

Boystown Brawl, Biting Sends 3 to Hospital

A Saturday night Boystown brew-ha-ha landed a trio in the hospital after an Aurora woman reportedly injured two men with a glass beer bottle and then bit an officer, police said.

Rosalinda Heredia, 24, of the 400 block of North Union Avenue in Aurora, was charged with multiple counts of aggravated battery. She’s scheduled to make her next court appearance on Jan. 11.

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Four Robbers Ambush Cell-Phone Talking Pedestrian

A 25-year-old woman told police that she was approached by four suspects—one man, one woman, and two others whose genders weren't specified—while she was walking south around 4:15 a.m. in the 3500 block of North Fremont Street. She was talking on her phone when the group walked up behind her, according to the report. They "bear hugged" her and tried to take her purse, police said. The victim began fighting with one of the offenders, who managed to grab her phone before getting into a silver Dodge Durango with the other three people. The vehicle headed south on Sheffield Avenue, according to police.

Neck-Grabbing Thief Targets Man on Belmont

A 34-year-old man said he was assaulted in the 900 block of West Belmont Avenue around 4:40 a.m., when a 25- to 30-year-old man grabbed him by the neck and rummaged through his pockets, according to the report. Police said the offender asked the victim, "What are you looking for?" before attacking him. The suspect took the man's CTA bus pass and sprinted west on Belmont Avenue. Police weren't able to find him.

LINCOLN PARK

SATURDAY, JAN. 5

Investigators Search for Lincoln Park Bank Robber

A man who robbed a Lincoln Park bank over the weekend has yet to be arrested.

The hold-up occurred at 10 a.m. at the Bank of America branch at 2401 N. Clark St., according to police reports. The Federal Bureau of Investigation has since tied the suspect to three other December bank robberies in Chicago, according to BanditTracker.com.

They include Burling Bank, 141 W. Jackson St.; the Citibank at 539 N. Michigan Ave.; the Citibank at 111 W. Jackson St.; and the First American Bank at 33 W. Monroe St. In the latest Jan. 5 robbery, witnesses told police the offender approached two tellers, one 26 years old and the other, 25, demanding, "give me all the money in your drawers."

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Good Samaritans Tackle Screwdriver-Armed Robber

Police are crediting two Good Samaritans with the arrest of a man who they say was armed with a screwdriver Saturday night when he stole a woman's purse in Lincoln Park.

Jose Rodriguez, 30, reportedly approached the 29-year-old victim around 11:45 p.m. in the 800 block of West Diversey Parkway, which is near the street's intersection with North Halsted Street, according to a Chicago Police Department written statement. Demanding money, he reportedly threatened the woman using a screwdriver. He pressed it against her torso, police said.

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LINCOLN SQUARE

SUNDAY, JAN. 6

Fake Cab Driver, Armed Passenger Rob 24-Year-Old

Police reportedly responded to North Rockwell Street and West Wilson Avenue around 1:50 a.m., shortly after a man was robbed by two who were posing as taxi cab employees. The 24-year-old, who was intoxicated and crying when police arrived, said he got into the front, passenger seat of a white taxi cab in Lake View after the female driver motioned him inside.

Once she started driving, the victim noticed a man in the back seat, according to the report. That man put a gun to the back of his head and demanded all his money and credit cards, the report said. The victim told police he gave the offenders his debit card and pin number, as well as his cell phone. The pair went to a gas station near Diversey Parkway and Lincoln Avenue for gas, the report says, and then dropped the man off in Lincoln Square.

UPTOWN

SATURDAY, JAN. 5

Long-Haired Man Unleashes in Random Shooting

Police documented a gang-related shooting that occured around 8:30 p.m. in the 4700 block of North Magnolia Avenue, where a 24-year-old victim said he was walking with a friend when a red Honda four-door—possibly a CRV—pulled up near them. A rear driver's side passenger with shoulder-length dreadlocks got out of the vehicle and began shooting a silver revolver in the victims' direction, according to the report. No one was injured before the man got back into the car, which drove north down Magnolia. Police said they weren't able to find any bullet casings at the scene.

SUNDAY, JAN. 6

Gang Members Mingle, Violate Parole

While on patrol in a "high gang conflict zone," officers reportedly saw one 18-year-old and one 20-year-old man who are self-admitted members of the gang, the Black P Stones. Police knew the two were on parole—one for a narcotics conviction and the other, an unlawful use of a weapon conviction. As part of their sentencing, they weren't allowed to be in the company of other Black P Stones but around 4 p.m. in the 1100 block of West Wilson Avenue, they were, the report says. Police took both men into custody.

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