Official Skokie Public Safety Bulletin
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Charges Filed in May 17 Shooting
Criminal charges have been filed against Rayshawn Taylor, 17 years of age, 1932 Jackson, Evanston, IL, in connection with a shooting that occurred in the 4800 block of Golf Road, Skokie, Illinois. Rayshawn Taylor was charged with one count of Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm and one count of Unlawful Use of a Weapon.
The incident took place on Friday, May 17, 2013, at approximately 9:45 p.m., when Skokie Police Officers responded to a 9-1-1 call with regard to a report of shots fired near the 4800 block of Golf Road, Skokie. Officers responding to the area observed a male juvenile lying on the ground with a gunshot wound to his abdomen. The victim sustained non-life threatening injuries as a result of the incident.
Rayshawn Taylor’s bond has been set at $250,000D with electronic home monitoring and the case is pending a May 31, 2013 court date.
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.
The Crime Tip Hotline number is 847/933-TIPS (8477) and is available 24 hours per day. More information can be found at www.skokie.org.
May 21, 2013
Burglary on the 3900 block of Louise Avenue, between May 17th at 8:15 a.m. and May 18th at 8:00 a.m.
The victim reported that the offender entered the residence by unknown means. Once inside, his Apple Ipad was removed.
Assault at the Mobil Gas Station, 4000 Dempster Street, at 10:05 p.m.
The victim reported that her white, 2000, Toyota Camry’s door was struck several times by the offender’s black, Mercedes-Benz’s door. The victim stated that the offender was upset with her blocking the gas pump. The offender then fled the scene. The offender was described as a male white.
Theft at Portillo’s Restaurant, 9400 Skokie Boulevard, at 5:45 p.m.
The victim reported that while at the restaurant an unknown offender removed her Apple Iphone 5 from her purse.
Theft at the Weber Center, 9300 Weber Park Place, between 9:30 a.m. and 11:20 a.m.
The victim reported that an unknown male black and female black offender removed a credit card and $50 from a locker room at the Weber Center. The credit card was used thirty minutes later at the Finish Line store in the Old Orchard Center.
Theft on the 8700 block of Trumbull between 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
The victim realized several pieces of her jewelry were removed from her apartment after she allowed her grandson to live with her, after he was released from jail.
Criminal Defacement of Property
Criminal Defacement of Property at the Holocaust Memorial Museum, 9603 Woods Drive at 12:00 p.m.
An unknown female white juvenile scratched the word “IN” on the back wall of the cattle car, located in the museum.
Disorderly Conduct on the 5900 block of Howard Street at 11:00 a.m.
The unknown offender smeared cake frosting on the hood of the victim’s vehicle.
Disorderly Conduct on the 5300 block of Touhy at 7:50 a.m.
An unknown offender called the victim on the phone and began using profanity.
Alfredson, Kathleen A., 3334 Crain, 21, arrested on charges of Suspended/Revoked Driver’s License, on the 5300 block of Dempster Street, Skokie, on 05/17/2013.
Anda, Ricardo, 880 E. Old Willow Road, Prospect Hts., 47, arrested on charges of No Driver’s License on the 4300 block of Howard Street, Skokie, on 05/17/2013.
Castrejon, Jose V., 934 Fowler, Evanston, arrested on charges of No Driver’s License, on the 4100 block of Oakton Street, Skokie, on 05/18/2013.
Begum, Nasima, 9551 Kedvale Avenue, 58, arrested on charges of Retail Theft, at 4909 Old Orchard Rd., Skokie, on 05/18/2013.
Good News Notes
Chief Tony Scarpelli recently received a letter from a Skokie resident wishing to recognize Officer Duerig and Hart for their exceptional handling of a recent incident at Optima Condominiums. On May 5, 2013 around 9 a.m. the resident observed a female banging on a neighbor's door for nearly 45 minutes. After the resident approached this woman, she reportedly became very belligerent and the resident decided to contact the Skokie Police Department. Within minutes Skokie Police Officers Duerig and Hart responded. The resident stated, "They began to ask her very pointed questions that were professional, polite, and yet still very inquisitive or information gathering. I was immediately struck by how nicely but effectively they handled her and the situation." The resident continued, "I listened in on the entire event and the officers remained very professional without being overly demanding or harsh... After a lifetime of hearing many unfortunate interpretations of police calls in the press and after living in several different states to observe the different styles of law enforcement I can tell you without reservation that your officers represent Skokie, the greater community, and [the Skokie Police Department] with the utmost courtesy and professionalism, to all parties involved. I was quite impressed with their approach to a simple yet always potentially dangerous call."
Officer Joseph Marzigliano received a letter from a member of the Bonaparte Condominium Association thanking him for the security survey he conducted for them and the security improvement tips provided as a result. The resident noted that many of his security suggestions were already completed. They also thanked him for providing security information at one of their condominium meetings.
The Skokie Police Department Facebook page recently received a message from a Skokie resident stating "What an extraordinary job Skokie police did for me today. I had my phone stolen today and officer Mynor Chang and officer Stein went above and beyond to get my phone back to my hands within hours. Skokie police waste no time. I am completely gratified with the dedication and determination I saw and experienced today with everyone that was involved in helping me. Thank you so much again officers for doing a magnificent job!"
Skokie Chief of Police Tony Scarpelli recently received a letter from a Skokie resident expressing her sincere thanks to Officer Alexander for his response to an accident she was in. The resident stated that Officer Alexander was "very polite, patient and helpful!"
On April 23, 2013 Chief Scarpelli received a complimentary telephone call from a resident who lives near McCracken School regarding parking violations in the area. Officer Jeff Groberski was assigned to the call-for-service and the resident stated that he handled the call courteously, professionally and to an agreeable outcome.
Chief of Police Tony Scarpelli recently received a phone call from an elderly Skokie resident who wanted to express her appreciation to Officer Brandi Shelton for assisting her in walking to her home from her handicapped parking space. The resident stated “I didn’t have to stop and ask [Officer Shelton] for help, she saw my troubled walking and got out of her car and helped me. Skokie has the finest officers!”
A representative from the Great Chicago Alternative Transitional Academy, 4508 Oakton Street, sent a letter to the Skokie Police Department thanking Officers Bush and Kruswicki for their help in responding to a disturbance at the school. The representative stated “the Officers were professional and empathetic. Their very presence helped diffuse a potentially explosive situation. We appreciate their assistance, and are gratified to know that [the Skokie Police Department] is available when we need back-up. We have always been grateful that we are in a village with such a responsive and dedicated department, and value the relationship that we have forged with the Skokie officers and detectives that we have worked with over the years.”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 20, 2013
Battery at Niles North High School, 9800 block of Lawler Avenue, at 4:14 p.m.
The female juvenile offenders, who are students at Niles North High School, began kicking and punching the female student while she was walking in the hallway toward her class. The offenders were apprehended by school security.
Burglary from Motor Vehicle
Burglary from Motor Vehicle on the 8500 block of Skokie Boulevard, between May 15th at 10:15 p.m. and May 16th at 7:20 a.m.
The unknown offender entered the unlocked black, 2002, Honda Odyssey, which was parked in a private parking space. Once inside, a Visa card was removed from a wallet.
Burglary from Motor Vehicle on the 8800 block of Lincolnwood Drive, at 9:00 a.m.
The unknown offender entered the unlocked red, 2005, Honda Accord and removed coins, sunglasses, cd’s, and jumper cables.
Theft on the 9000 block of Bennett Avenue, between May 15th at 11:00 p.m. and May 16th at 5:00 p.m.
The victim reported that an unknown offender removed the registration sticker from her license plate, which was on the vehicle. The vehicle was parked on the street.
Possession of Cannabis
Possession of Cannabis on the 8200 block of Keating Avenue, at 4:15 p.m.
The witness observed the offenders in a silver vehicle smoking cannabis on the 8200 block of Keating. The offender was apprehended at the scene.
Molinero, Luis M., 4517 S. Mozart, Chicago, 38, arrested on charges of No Driver’s License, on the 7300 block of Linder Avenue, Skokie, on 05/16/2013.
Johnson, Terrence George, 200 Julian Street, Waukegan, 34, arrested on charges of Possession Of Cannabis 30gm And Under, on the 8200 block of Keating Avenue, Skokie, on 05/16/2013.
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