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April 18, 2014

Notable Incidents

Aggravated Battery to a Senior Citizen - Updated
Criminal charges have been filed against
Ganaa Otgoo, 32 years of age, 1458 South Canal St., Chicago, in connection with an Aggravated Battery to a Senior Citizen which occurred on the Skokie Swift CTA line.  Otgoo was charged with one count of Aggravated Battery. 

The incident took place on the evening of Friday, March 28, 2014, when the offender began yelling at people on the CTA train and then directing his comments at the victim.  Once the victim told the offender to leave him alone, the offender began to punch and kick the victim until he fell to the floor, causing severe bruising.

Based on the released video footage and assistance from citizens, the Chicago Police Department, and CTA personnel, the Skokie Police Department was able to make an arrest involving this incident.  Court date: May 2, 2014, Bond: $15,000

The Skokie Police Department continues to ask the public for assistance in locating witnesses in this matter who were on the train during the evening hours on the above date.  If you have any information or knowledge regarding this incident or if you were a witness, please contact the Skokie Police Department at (847) 982 – 5900.

The public is reminded that neither a complaint nor an indictment is evidence of guilt and that all defendants in a criminal case are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


April 17, 2014

Notable Incidents

Aggravated Battery to a Senior Citizen

On Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 12:13 a.m. the Skokie Police Department responded to an incident at a local hospital regarding an Aggravated Battery to a Senior Citizen.  The investigation revealed the battery occurred on Friday March 28, 2014 at approximately 8:45 p.m. on the Skokie Swift CTA line.  The suspect is described as a Asian male, 5'04"-5'06", 140 lbs., 22-27 years of age, and was wearing the following: a blue baseball cap with a red iron cross logo on the front, a black jacket with logos on the upper sleeves of both arms and the letter "A" on the back of the jacket with an unknown animal (possibly a dog or lion) logo on the front, blue jean pants and black gym shoes.  The suspect boarded the train with a purple and white bicycle.  The suspect was yelling at people on the CTA train and directed a comment at the victim.  After the victim told the suspect to leave him alone, the suspect approached him, grabbed his jacket, pulled it over his head, and began to punch him.  The suspect then knocked the victim to the floor and kicked him in the face.  As a result of the incident, the victim sustained severe bruising.  

 

The Skokie Police Department has been unable to identify the suspect and is requesting the assistance of the public.  If you have any information or knowledge regarding the above incident or if you were a witness, please contact the Skokie Police Department at (847) 982-5900.

 

The Crime Tip Hotline number is (847) 933-TIPS (8477) and is available 24 hours a day.  More information can be found at www.skokie.org.


April 16, 2014

Notable Incidents

Arson
Arson on the 8400 block of Kimball Avenue, on April 12 at 12:23 a.m.  Reported:  04/12/2014

Unknown person(s) threw approximately five water bottles filled with an unknown liquid and wrapped with tin foil into the victim’s yard.  The bottles subsequently exploded.  No injuries were reported.

Theft
Theft on the 8200 block of Elmwood Street, on March 7 at 3:30.  Reported:  04/12/2014

Unknown person(s) stole the victim’s United States of America passport from his residence.

Theft at 4999 Old Orchard Road, CD Peacock, on April 11 at 11:20 a.m.  Reported:  04/13/2014

Unknown subject entered the store and stated he was there to pick up his repaired jewelry.  The subject was given the jewelry that he identified as belonging to him and exited the store.  It was later discovered that this subject was not the owner of the jewelry. 

Theft of Motor Vehicle Parts/Accessories
Theft of Motor Vehicle Parts/Accessories on the 9400 block of Kenton Avenue, between April 12 at 10:30 p.m. and April 13 at 2:00 a.m.  Reported:  04/13/2014

Unknown person(s) used jacks to raise the vehicle and remove the front and rear passenger tires from the vehicle. 

Theft of Motor Vehicle Parts/Accessories on the 8000 block of Kedvale Avenue, on April 13 between 8:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.  Reported:  04/13/2014

Unknown person(s) stole the rear license plate from a Toyota while it was parked on the street.

Deceptive Practices
Deceptive Practices at 3945 Dempster Street, Walgreens, on April 13 at 5:00 p.m.  Reported:  04/13/2014

Unknown male Hispanic subject approximately 30 years of age with a thin build, attempted to purchase a prepaid Visa card using a MasterCard that had an unknown woman’s name on it.  When the subject was asked to provide identification he said the card belonged to his sister and that he would come back with her later.  The subject never returned to the store.

Unlawful Use of Weapons
Unlawful Use of Weapons on the 4800 block of Kirk Street, on April 13 at 2:10 a.m.  Reported:  04/13/2014

A witness told police that during a party in the rear of the apartment building on the 4800 block of Kirk, one subject fired a gun shot round into the air because he was upset with the people at the party.  Police arrived on the scene and observed groups of people running from the scene.  Police were able to locate several people from the party but everyone interviewed refused to cooperate and provide any suspect information. 

Arrests
Mershah, Aewan Amoo, 18, 9139 Lacrosse Avenue, #1S, was arrested for theft on the 9100 block Lacrosse Avenue, on 04/12/2014.

Bell, Sullivan Kate, 20, 7349 Woodward, #102, Woodridge, was arrested for Driving with No Valid Driver’s License on the 4800 block of Mulford Street, on 04/12/2014.

King, Kendra S., 28, 1802 Lemar, Evanston, was arrested for Driving with a Suspended/Revoked Driver’s License on the 8300 block of Crawford Avenue, on 04/12/2014.

Bailey, Maurice P., 25, 9621 Simpson, #7, Evanston, was arrested for Driving with a Suspended/Revoked Driver’s License on the 9600 block of Gross Point Road, on 04/12/2014.

Apaez, Domingo, 36, 406 Pleasant Run Drive, #E, Wheeling, was arrested for Driving with No Valid Driver’s License on the 4800 block of Main Street, on 04/12/2014.

Davenport, Lamont, 37, 1232 Darrow 2nd floor, Evanston, was arrested for Driving with a Suspended/Revoked Driver’s License on the 8000 block of Skokie Boulevard, on 04/12/2014.

Pavlov, Sali, 27, 1515 Glenview Road, Glenview, was arrested for Retail Theft on the 4900 block of Old Orchard Road, on 04/12/2014.

Juvenile, 16, Skokie, was arrested for Criminal Damage to Property and Disorderly Conduct on the 8100 block of Long Avenue, on 04/12/2014.  The above Juvenile became angry while at a party and when asked to leave began yelling and damaging vehicles.

Villa, Alejandro, 34, 2517 N. Major Avenue, Chicago, was arrested for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol on the 4200 block of Dempster Avenue, on 04/13/2014.


April 15, 2014

Notable Incidents

Burglary
Burglary on the 8600 block of Laramie Avenue, on April 11 between 9:15 p.m. and 10:07 p.m.  Reported:  04/11/2014

Unknown person(s) entered the home by forcing open the front door.  The homeowner was home at the time and locked herself and the children into a bedroom.  The unknown person(s) ransacked several rooms and then left.   A safe was reported stolen.

Burglary from Motor Vehicle
Burglary from Motor Vehicle on the 9000 block of Bennett Avenue, between April 9 at 8:00 p.m. and April 10 at 8:00 a.m.  Reported:  04/10/2014

Unknown person(s) broke out the passenger window on a Ford.  Stolen from the vehicle were two canvas bags containing grocery items.

Identity Theft
Identity Theft on the 7800 block of Kenneth Avenue, on March 27 at 8:43 a.m.  Reported:  04/10/2014

Unknown person(s) used the victim’s personal information to file an income tax return.

Criminal Damage to Property
Criminal Damage to Property on the 3600 block of Dempster on April 11 between 2:55 p.m. and 3:47 p.m.  Reported 04/22/2014

Unknown person(s) broke out the rear passenger side window on a Toyota.  Nothing was reported stolen.

Criminal Defacement of Property
Criminal Defacement of Property on the 4900 block of Louise Avenue, on April 11 between 2:00 a.m. and 2:10 a.m.  Reported:  04/11/2014

Unknown person(s) spray painted an upside down pitchfork and three dots forming the shape of a triangle on one wall and “LOKOZ” with a “K” forming an upside down pitchfork on another wall.  The suspects are described as one male Hispanic, approximately 5’10” wearing a red hoody sweatshirt and jeans, and two male black suspects, wearing black hoody sweatshirts and jeans, one approximately 6’ tall and the other 6’2” tall.  All three subjects fled southbound.

Theft
Theft at 9600 Gross Point Road, Skokie Hospital, between March 20 at 7:00 a.m. and March 24 at 9:00 a.m.  Reported:  04/11/2014

Unknown person(s) stole the victim’s jewelry from where her belongings were being stored during an outpatient procedure.

Theft of Lost Property
Theft of Lost Property at 7000 Carpenter Road, AMC Theatres, on April 11 at 8:04 p.m.  Reported:  04/11/2014.

Unknown subject(s) took the victim’s wallet that may have fallen out of his wife’s purse.

Disorderly Conduct
Disorderly Conduct on the 9600 block of Laramie on April 11 between 6:55 p.m. and 7:10 p.m.  Reported:  04/11/2014

Two unknown female black subjects began banging on the front door to the home.  When the homeowner did not come to the door, the subjects threw eggs at the front and rear of the residence. 

Arrests
Valencia, Omar, 34, 3415 N. Lavergne Avenue, #B, Chicago, was arrested for Driving with a Suspended/Revoked Driver’s License on the 7700 block of Lincoln Avenue, on 04/10/2014.

Memon, Quratul Ain, 32, 2657 W. Howard, Chicago, was arrested for Retail Theft on the 4900 block of Old Orchard Road, on 04/10/2014.

Abdill, Ryle A., 22, 6636 W. Albion Avenue, #2R, Niles, was arrested for Possession of Cannabis and Driving with a Suspended/Revoked Driver’s License on the 7900 block of the Edens Expressway, on 04/10/2014.


April 14, 2014

Notable Incidents

Disorderly Conduct
Disorderly Conduct at 8100 Tripp Avenue, on April 8 at 4:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.  Reported:  04/09/2014

An unknown male white subject with salt and pepper hair, driving a black SUV, threatened to run the kids over.

Robbery
Robbery at 3720 Dempster Street, Peyvand Foods, on April 9 at 2:22 p.m.  Reported:  04/09/2014

Two male black subjects entered the store and one subject grabbed the victim attempting to obstruct him while the other subject attempted to open the locked register unsuccessfully.  The subjects then fled the store.  Both subjects were 5’7” to 5’8”, 25- 30 years of age, with tattoos on their necks, one had a thin build, the other subject had a muscular build.  Both subjects had on dark/grey clothing and one was wearing a red bandana on his head.

Criminal Defacement of Property
Criminal Defacement of Property on the 8200 block of Keating Avenue, on April 8 between 12:05 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.  Reported:  04/08/2014

Unknown person(s) used red spray paint to write “Locoz 5” and an upside down pitchfork on a garage door.

Battery
Battery on the 9600 block of Gross Point Road, on April 9 at 7:00 p.m. and 7:06 p.m.  Reported:  04/09/2014

The victim reported that an unknown person(s) attempted to take his car and that they swung at him with a knife, cutting his hand.  The victim refused to provide any additional information.  Personnel from Skokie Hospital, 9600 Gross Point Road, called the Skokie Police Department to report that they had admitted a stabbing victim to the emergency room.  The victim was uncooperative with the Skokie Police Department.  He first indicated that the incident occurred in Evanston; when Evanston Police arrived on scene, he said he was mistaken and the incident actually occurred in Chicago.  The victim denied that any crime was committed against him in Skokie.  The Skokie Hospital address of 9600 Gross Point Road is not the location of the crime, but merely an address to which the report is assigned.

Theft
Theft at 9333 Skokie Boulevard, Roadway Inn Hotel, on April 8 between 6:55 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.  Reported:  04/08/2014

Unknown person(s) stole the victim’s unsecured cell phone from the pool area.

Theft at 9432 Skokie Boulevard, Radio Shack, on April 9 at 6:13 p.m.  Reported:  04/09/2014

Unknown person(s) stole the victim’s cell phone from the counter of the store.

Identity Theft
Identity Theft on the 3800 block of Harvard Terrace, on April 2 at 6:23 p.m.  Reported:  04/09/2014

Unknown person(s) used the victim’s debit card number to make a purchase in Texas.

Criminal Damage to Property
Criminal Damage to Property on the 8900 block of Skokie Boulevard, on April 9 at 5:44 p.m.  Reported:  04/09/2014

Unknown person(s) slashed the tires of a parked vehicle.

Arrests
Zingman, Arthur, 28, 9242 Natchez Avenue, Morton Grove, was arrested for Driving with a Suspended/Revoked Driver’s License on the 7000 block of Carpenter Road, on 04/08/2014.

Vann, Tommy L., 60, 107 W. McConaughey Avenue, #C11, Rochelle, was arrested for Driving with a Suspended Driver’s License on the 3900 block of Dempster Street, on 04/08/2014.

Flenaugh, Charlene C., 23, 360 S. 6th., Richmond, CA, was arrested for Retail Theft on the 4900 block of Old Orchard Road, on 04/09/2014.

Juvenile, 15, Skokie, was arrested for Retail Theft on the 4900 block of Old Orchard Road, on 04/09/2014.

Gonzalez, Nancy, 34, 6256 N. Nagle, Chicago, was arrested for driving with No Valid Driver’s License on the 9600 block of Gross Point Road, on 04/09/2014.


Good News Notes

  • Police Chief Anthony Scarpelli is pleased to announce that the Skokie Police Department has been selected as one of the "2013 North East Multi-Regional Training Host Site Award" recipients.  This award is presented to those agencies who have demonstrated an exceptional willingness to host NEMRT classes and a singular determination to provide a gracious and safe environment.  In a letter from P. A. Brankin, Director of  North East Multi-Regional Training, he commended the department for their "hospitality and willingness to open the department's facility in order to provide the quantity and variety of training programs for officers."  Congratulations Chief Scarpelli and the entire Skokie Police Department.


Crime Tip Hot Line Available 24/7

The Skokie Police Department recently established an automated Crime Tip Hot Line and invites the public to call 847/933-TIPS (8477) any time to report suspicious activity or other information. Messages can be left anonymously, but it is helpful if those who call leave their contact information for Police follow up if necessary. Questions and concerns about public safety also can be emailed to info@skokie.org.


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