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Police Reports for Oct. 20

Shot seven times,

killed in Wrightwood

A 26-year-old Gresham man died after he was shot seven times

while sitting in a car in the alley behind 8007 S. California at 3:55 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 13. Sharrod Peoples, of the 8700 block of South Throop, was

pronounced dead at Advocate Christ Medical Center at 4:40 p.m. A 27-year-old

South Side man who was in the vehicle with Peoples was shot three timesÑonce in

his lower back and twice in his right arm. He also was transported to Advocate

Christ, where he was listed in serious condition. No one is in custody.

Suburban man shot,

killed on Komensky

A 24-year-old man from suburban Palos Hills was shot in the

neck and killed as he sat in the driver’s seat of a vehicle parked in front of

4940 S. Komensky at 3:47 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 12. Andres Pina was pronounced

dead at the scene. A 24-year-old West Lawn man who was a front-seat passenger

in the vehicle was uninjured. He told police that when he heard gunshots, he

reclined his seat all the way down. He told police he did not see the shooter.

No one is in custody.

Bandit robs fruiter’a

An armed bandit robbed Fruiter’a Favela, 2959 W. 59th St.,

at 8:43 p.m. Monday, Oct. 9, making off with about $300 cash, as well as a

cellphone and an employee’s wallet. The robber, who waved a revolver, was

described as a black man about 25-30 years old, about 5-foot-10 and 160 pounds,

with a dark complexion and a “physical impairment” on his face, according to

the police report. He wore a white baseball cap, a black hoody and blue jeans.

Man robbed while

walking to work

A 47-year-old Pilsen man was robbed at gunpoint as he walked down a sidewalk in

front of 4800 S. Cicero at about 5:20 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 12. The victim told

police he was walking to work when two men approached. One pulled a pistol and

demanded his valuables. The victim handed over his cellphone and wallet, which

contained about $300 cash. The robbers then ran away east on 48th Street. The

victim described them only as Hispanic men and said they were gang members.

Man robbed while

walking down sidewalk

A 34-year-old Chicago Lawn man was robbed at gunpoint as he walked down a

sidewalk in front of 4800 S. Kilpatrick at 5:20 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 12. The

victim told police that two men in black hoodies approached him, and one pulled

a pistol and demanded his belongings. The victim handed over his cellphone and

wallet, which contained about $100 cash. The robbers then ran away east on 48th

Street. They were described only as Hispanic men.

Man snatches

cellphone from boy

A 15-year-old Archer Heights boy was robbed of his cellphone as he walked down

a sidewalk at 4700 S. Lawndale at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10. The victim told

police that a man approached, snatched the cellphone and ran away. The offender

was described as a black man age 18-20, about 5-foot-11 and 150 pounds, with

brown eyes, short black hair and a medium complexion. He wore a black hoody.

Cashier foils robbery

at restaurant

A quick-thinking cashier foiled an armed robbery at Fon Fon Chinese Cuisine,

8253 S. Kedzie, at 1:25 p.m. Monday, Oct. 9. The cashier, a 48-year-old

Brighton Park woman, told police that the robber initially posed as a customer;

and that when she opened the cash register to put his money inside, he pulled a

gun and tried to jump the counter. She quickly closed the drawer and ran to the

back of the restaurant. The gunman then ran out the front door and west on 83rd

Street. He was described as a black man age 20-30, about 5-foot-11 and 170

pounds, with brown eyes, black hair in dreadlocks and a medium complexion. He

wore a blue baseball cap, a red Chicago Bulls t-shirt and light blue pants.

Suburban man used

knife to threaten other man, police say

A 40-year-old man from suburban Justice was charged with aggravated assault

after he allegedly used a knife to threaten a tow-truck driver at 10:45 a.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 10 on the street in front of 4532 S. Kolin. Yousef M. Darjbara,

of the 8100 block of West 83rd Street, was apprehended a short time later by

police searching the neighborhood. They said they spotted him sitting in the

passenger seat of a vehicle travelling west on 46th Street, near Kolin. The

tow-truck driver, a 40-year-old Oak Forest man, told police he and Darjbara

were engaged in a dispute over payment for towing services.

Bust Burbank man on

burglary rap

A 21-year-old man from suburban Burbank was arrested after he was reportedly

caught burglarizing La Fogata restaurant, 6600 S. Kedzie, at 1:49 a.m.

Thursday, Oct. 12. Cristian Torres, of the 8100 block of South Lorel, was

apprehended at the scene by police responding to a “burglary in progress” call

made by a witness. Police said they spotted Torres inside the establishment with

a flashlight. Police added that he smashed a window to gain entry and that the

cash register had been torn from its mounting on a wall.

Burglars hit four

homes on same block

A trio of burglars broke into four homes in the 3600 block of West 53rd Street,

ransacking homes and stealing valuables. The crime was reported at 4:15 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 12 when a 47-year-old victim called 911 to report that the front

door to his home was open. Stolen was a $600 Gucci watch. It was initially

unclear what, if anything, was stolen from three other homes on the block.

Descriptions of the three suspects were vague. Witnesses who saw the men told

police that the men appeared suspicious, but apparently no one called 911 to

report them.

Burglars runs when confronted

An Archer Heights man scared off a burglar he caught breaking into his garage

in the 4400 block of South Keeler at 1:35 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10. The victim

told police that when he saw the offender and confronted him, the burglar

dropped a flathead screwdriver and sped away in an older, beige Toyota Camry.

The burglar was described as a Hispanic man age 40-49, about 5-foot-6 and 230

pounds, with black hair in a crew cut and a medium complexion. Nothing was

stolen from the garage.

Garage on Leclaire

burglarized

Burglars forced open the overhead door of a garage in the

5100 block of South Leclaire and stole a tile cutter, leaf blower and a car

jack. The crime was discovered by the victim, a 51-year-old man, at 7 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 13.

Burglars hit storage

unit on 47th Street

Burglars broke into a storage unit at Public Storage, 3327

W. 47th St., and stole two TVs, two video game consoles and 30 computer games.

The crime was discovered by the victim, a 51-year-old Brighton Park woman, at 2

p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11.

Woman charged with

driving on a suspended license, again

A 22-year-old Scottsdale woman was charged with obstructing identity, driving

on a suspended license and driving an unsafe vehicle after a traffic stop in

the 6300 block of South Pulaski at 12:13 a.m. Friday, Oct. 6. Blanca Isabel

Quezada, of the 8000 block of South Kedvale, was taken into custody and later

released on bond. According to police, Quezada has been charged with driving on

a suspended license four times in the city, dating back to December 2015, when

she lived in Back of the Yards.

Yards man charged

with DUI in Hearst area

A 22-year-old Back of the Yards man was charged with DUI, driving in reverse

when inappropriate and improper lane usage after police curbed his vehicle in

the 4600 block of South Laramie at 2:08 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 5. Jose T.

Dominguez, of the 4800 block of South Wolcott, was later released on bond.

Merchant sold cigs

without tax stamps, police say

A 56-year-old Worth man was charged with selling cigarettes without the correct

tax stamps at Mi Tiendita, 6832 S. Pulaski. Khaled I. Sheikhahmad, of the 10600

block of South Depot Street, was arrested and later released on bond.

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