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Police reports

Woman shot, killed in West Elsdon

An 18-year-old woman was shot and killed as she sat in a vehicle parked in the 5400 block of South Avers at about 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25.

Melica De La Garza was shot multiple times in the torso as she sat in a vehicle. The gunman fled the scene on foot.

De La Garza was transported to Mount Sinai Hospital, where she was initially listed in critical condition but pronounced dead at 11:08 p.m. The shooter remains at large.

Man shot in head on Kedzie

A 37-year-old man was shot in the head as he sat in a vehicle in the 4200 block of South Kedzie just after 12:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17. The victim was transported to Mount Sinai Hospital, and police said there were unaware of his condition. No one is in custody.

Boy shot in heel in Back of the Yards

A 16-year-old boy was shot in the heel as he rode in the rear seat of a vehicle traveling in the 4600 block of South Paulina at about 1:15 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25. The victim was transported by the driver to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition. No one is in custody.

Charged with retain theft, again

A 58-year-old North Side man was charged with retail theft after he was arrested at Ford City at 5:50 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 8.

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Lanel Lomack, of the 4700 block of North Beacon, allegedly stole merchandise from a store.

A CPD spokesman declined to name the store or say what was allegedly stolen.

According to public records, Lomack has been arrested 10 times by CPD since 2017 on such charges as retail theft (nine times) and burglary.

Bust man on weapons rap

A 26-year-old Chicago Lawn man was charged with reckless discharge of a firearm after he was arrested in the 4600 block of South Trumbull at 12:06 a.m. Monday, Sept. 6.

Eric Alvarez, of the 3500 block of West 73rd Place, was apprehended by police responding to a ShotSpotter alert.

A CPD spokesman said Alvarez had a loaded pistol on him.

Charge man with weapons violation

A 43-year-old Garfield Ridge man was charged with carrying a firearm while under the influence, after he was arrested at his home in the 5200 block of South Neenah at 2:53 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 1.

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Michael A. Bray was apprehended by police responding to a ShotSpotter alert. A CPD spokesman said Bray had been in an argument with a neighbor that turned into a fistfight.

Police said they found a handgun concealed in a backyard grill.

According to public records, Bray was arrested by CPD minutes after midnight on New Year’s Day 2019, in the 6000 block of South Mason, and charged with two counts of aggravated assault.

Charge woman with DUI at crash scene

A 32-year-old woman from Hoodsport, Wash. was charged with DUI and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident after she was arrested at 71st and Pulaski at 12:59 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 31. Kelsey Ann Berry also was caused with two counts of child endangerment after police spotted two boys, ages 7 years and 8 months, in the vehicle.

Hit Wrightwood man with weapons charge

A 21-year-old Wrightwood man was charged with unlawful use of a weapon, as well as illegal possession of a high-capacity magazine, after he was arrested at 64th and Richmond at 11:05 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 24. Malique Caldwell, of the 8000 bock of South Campbell, was apprehended after police said they found a firearm in the trunk of Caldwell’s vehicle.

Traffic stop leads to weapons charge

A 38-year-old Chicago Lawn man was charged with unlawful use of a weapon, possession of a controlled substance and criminal trespass to a vehicle after he was arrested during a traffic stop in the 6400 block of South Whipple at 11:49 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 24.

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Pierre R. Rand, of the 7100 block of South California, was reportedly found to be in possession of a loaded handgun, a CPD spokesman said.

According to public records, Rand has been arrested four times by CPD since 2014 on charges that included possession of a controlled substance and driving on a revoked license.

 

Claim man kicked in door

A 37-year-old Chicago Lawn man was charged with criminal damage to property and criminal trespass to a residence after he was arrested in the 2400 block of West 60th Street at 5:25 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 29.

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Earl Ford, of the 6400 S. Artesian, allegedly kicked in the door of a residence.

According to public records, Ford has been arrested 14 times since 2014 on such charges as violating parole by contacting streetgang members, possession of a controlled substance, gambling, disorderly conduct and assault.

Crime reports courtesy of swchicagopost.com.

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