Thursday, April 1, 2021

Convicted Child Sex Offender Served on Board of Chicago Non-Profit Chicago FM Club

Screen capture of the Chicago FM Club website featuring convicted child sex offender Bruce D Schrader

Chicago Police Department records released on March 31st, 2021, show that Bruce D. Schrader, a lifetime Chicagoan, was able to escape Illinois sex offender notification laws and hide his background from sometime in the 1990s until his death on November 7th, 2020. 

Even though Schrader was a convicted sex offender, he was able to successfully obtain an amateur radio license from the Federal Communications Commission. The license was set to expire on 11/13/2023, but the FCC issued the license 21 years ago in the year 2000 when Schrader lived in Chicago's West Humboldt Park community at 4305 W. Hirsch, the address listed by Chicago Police when he was arrested in 1996 for violating Illinois Sex Offender Registration laws. 

Screen capture of Schrader's FCC amateur radio license from the ULS Database
Screen capture of the FCC record showing issuance of Schrader's 1st FCC license years after his arrest for violating Illinois Sex Offender Registry Laws

According to U.S. Federal Laws found in U.S. CFR Part 97 §97.1 Basis and purpose, amateur radio operators are to fulfill 5 basic tenets. 

Screen grab courtesy of the ARRL

Possessing an amateur radio license gave Schrader access to things sex offenders can use for evasion of law enforcement authorities while also having easy access to young people under the age of 18 due to the appeal of technology to this age demographic. The first thing it provided was access to two way radio equipment which can easily ne used to monitor law enforcement operations, a function of amateur radio equipment protected by FCC docket, memorandum and order PR91-36, which gives special legal protection to amateur radio equipment possessed by those holding a current and valid amateur radio license.

Screengrab from the FCC site informing the public of PR91-36

Amateur radio can be a sex offender's paradise for another reason. As demonstrated in the beginning of this report, anyone can look-up the address of any amateur operator. Once a sex offender makes contact with an underage victim on amateur radio frequencies, finding that child is easy as looking up their callsign or their parent's callsign if a parent or guardian in the home is licensed. Amateur operators often exchange e-mail addresses on amateur frequencies, and registered users of the website can look-up e-mail addresses and other facts about amateur radio licensees that could be used by sex predators to bait a victim. 

Disguising himself as a harmless communications geek with a legitimate interest in amateur radio, Schrader worked himself into the Chicago FM Club, a non-profit radio hobbyist and public service group that was incorporated as a non-profit in 1965 according to State of Illinois documents. 

State of Illinois Incorporation Certificate recognizing CFMC as a non-profit organization 

During his time with the Chicago FM Club, Schrader was eventually elected to the organization's Board of Directors, a position that gave him even greater potential for access to children. Schrader also served as the head of the organization's "Field Day" event which is conducted in coordination with, and under rules set by the American Radio Relay League (ARRL). This is a yearly event that has both a summer and winter date that tends to draw lots of youth. There is no requirement for background checks to participate, no rules preventing adults and children from contacting each other, and no rules for proper supervision of children who participate. 

Schrader's status as a convicted sex offender stems from a series of sexual criminal incidents from December 1985 through February of 1986 wherein he is documented to have sexually abused and sexually assaulted a victim approximately 12 times between those two dates, according to this Chicago Police Department Arrest Report. This series of attacks resulted in Schrader being charged with Criminal Sexual Assault, Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault, Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse, and Incest. 

Schrader's Chicago Police Department Arrest Report from 1986 
Schrader's Chicago Police Department RAP Sheet shows he was indicted, tried, and convicted in the series of sexual attacks against his victim, and shows further that he was consequently sent to the Illinois Department of Corrections for six years, and in 1996, while residing at 4305 W. Hirsch, he failed to abide by the laws governing sex offender registrant compliance.
Schrader's Chicago Police Department RAP Sheet showing his sex crime charges, conviction, sentencing, and failure to comply with Illinois Sex Offender Registry laws

Like the vast majority of registered sex offenders, including those who have completed their legal requirement to register as a sex offender, Schrader moved around quite a bit through the years, living mostly in Chicago's geographic area covered by the Chicago Police Department's 025th District. The dates given with the addresses pertain to the time period shown in the FCC ULS database and Chicago Police records. The appropriate Chicago Police Dept beat for each address is listed for ease of reference.  

4003 W. Palmer
Chicago, IL, 60639 (Beat 2525)

CHICAGO, IL 60630 (Beat 1712)
(Feb of 2000)

5013 W. Oakdale
CHICAGO, IL 60641 (Beat 2521)
(June of 2000)

1369 W. GREENLEAF - Apt 206 (Beat 2423)
(May of 2001)

4305 W. Hirsch
CHICAGO, IL 60651 (Beat 2534)
(Oct 31st of 2005)

4104 W. Wabansia Apt 3E
CHICAGO, IL 60639 (Beat 2534)
(Nov 18th 2010)

6234 W. Grand Ave Garden apt South
CHICAGO, IL 60639 (Beat 2512)
(May 13th, 2013)

CHICAGO, IL 60630 (Beat 1622)
(Sept 24th, 2018 until his death in Nov 2020)

While hiding his past, Schrader became the founder of the "Night Watch" net on the Chicago FM Club 70cm UHF band repeater system, a net that is/was dedicated to the men and women of our nation's public safety community. The Chicago FM Club started holding meetings at the 016th District Chicago Police Station while Schrader was a Board Officer. The Chicago FM Club has a contingent of retired and current active-duty police officers among their membership rolls, which makes it even more concerning that Schrader was able to go undetected. 

The Federal Communications Commission did not require felony background checks when Schrader's license was first issued. The FCC started requiring felony background checks within the last year or so. Even with this new background check requirement in place, the FCC allows license applicants to keep their felony history a secret by following a special procedure. 

If you believe your child was contacted by Schrader, you can contact the Chicago Police Department Special Investigations Unit at 312-492-3700. The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is part of a Multi-Disciplinary Task Force operating out of the Chicago Children's Advocacy Center. The partnership with the CCAC started in August of 2001 and has been on-going ever since. SIU investigates allegations of the sexual assault/abuse of all children under the age of 13 as well as all family related sexual assault/abuse cases where the victim is under the age of 18. SIU also conducts investigations into the use of the internet in the distribution of Child Pornography as well as the Indecent Solicitation of children. Specially trained detectives are members of the Illinois Crimes against Children task force and frequently put on presentations for schools and community groups.


Thursday, March 25, 2021

Woman Shot in The Head in Chicago's 025th District - Beat 2521

Photo courtesy Citizen App

Address: 5355 W. Wrightwood and 5110 W. Diversey

Date: 24 March 2021

Beat of Occurrence: 2515 and 2521

Beat of Assign: 2515

Assisting Beats: 2561-B 

Supervising: 2510, 2520

Time: 8:39PM

UCR: 041-A

RD# JE-178815 (041-A) and 178825 (collision)

Event# 14271 (041-A), 14310 (99-B collision) 

Initial Response Investigation Summary:

Event# 14271

This is an Area-5 Bureau of Detectives Violent Crimes investigation regarding the Aggravated Battery and Attempted Homicide that occurred on Beat 2521. This has two crime scenes, the secondary crime scene being at 5110 W. Diversey.

Beat 2502-S (SDSC/Intelligence) alerted Zone-12 of shots fired notification by shot spotter. 5255 W. Wrightwood, 1 round in the gangway. Z12 then alerted by 911 call to a person shot at 5110 W. Diversey. 

2520 arrived on-scene and confirmed a woman shot. 2561-B assigned to assist. Z12 stated 2520 should be looking at a white Toyota. Z12 then received a 911 call for a car collision at Laramie & Diversey involving two vehicles. 2520 called for a LEMART kit. z12 relayed traffic to units that they had information the shooting occurred at Wrightwood and Laramie, and the victim fled to Diversey where the victim's car collided with another car. 

2532 emroute to scene from 025th District station, will block Diversey eastbound lane. 2523 assigned to block traffic. 2515 assigned as paper car. 2510 inquired if there was a ticket of another person shot. Z12 advised him of calls regarding the auto collision. Z12 proceeded to request a car to go to the primary crime scene  and advised that a car drove through the primary crime scene northbound on Laramie (plate redacted). 

Z12 sought 2562-D for the primary crime scene, and 2561 instructed the zone to assign one of his cars. 2561-D assigned. 

2535 alerted Z12 they were blocking traffic WB at Diversey at LeClaire 

Z12 told 2515 the RD and Event number had been assigned. 

2561-B advised Z12 they had a traffic stop at Laramie & Nelson, requested instruction from Sgt (2510). 2510 advised they can use their discretion. 

2515 advised Z12 of female victim identity. 

2510 reqested unit to stop traffic SB on street just north of Diversey. 2532 assigned.   

2515 advised Z12 GSW to back of head, critical condition. 

2520 ordered Z12 to pull 2514 off their detail and assign to hospital (Masonic)

Z12 advised CFD ambulance 7 transporting critical to Masonic

2520 requested Tact team to check shot spotter, check crime scene, check for video, etc. Z12 advised tact unit 2561-D already assigned. 

Z12 asked if 2520 needed another car. 2520 said he needed a minute. 

2515 asked for an RD for 041-A, Z12 issued RD and event for 2nd time. 

2561-B asked for what the crime scene area is and Z12 advised address with info that shot spotter heard 1 round in the gangway.

2524 - Laramie and Diversey

2531 - Advised Z12 they were assigned to auto collision, needed plate information. Z12 had no plate info at the moment. 2531 then advised they had plate info (plate info redacted per Illinois FOIA). Z12 advised 2531 that the zone would hold-off on issuing the collision RD until later because if the 041-A needed a new UCR, they wouldn't be able to assign a new UCR. 2520 told the zone to put the accident on a separate event number and RD. 2520 Instructed Z12 to make the collision RD a 99-B (traffic collision). 

2510 said everything was contained well, and Laramie would open N and SB. 

RD# JE-178825 with Event# 14310 issued for the collision. 

Z12 inquired with 2561-D if anything found on Wrightwood, and 2561-D stated they have nothing. 2561-D then stated they spoke to a source who may have evidence. 

2520 - inquired if anything found at primary crime scene. Zone advises nothing found. 

2510 to Z12 - confused as to what RD# goes to which case related to the shooting and collision. Zone gets him correct information. 

5520 tells Z12 to get the paper car to call the Area so they can get Detectives assigned. 

 9:47PM - Z12 First Watch sign-on with 3rd Watch units in 025 still working this shooting. 3rd Watch units now become X-Ray 25XX units. 

5514 - inquires where shooting at Diversey & Laramie originated at. Wants to know if units on-scene there.  2561 states he was just at the shot spotter address and found nothing. 

2561 assigns post shooting boundaries Central to Laramie and Fullerton to Diversey

5563 on the zone looking for 2561-D and requested a meet at Wrightwood & Long. 

2514 advises 2520 of their location inside Masonic 

5512 inquired about ET location. Stated they were enroute to Masonic. Requested ET to process victim's vehicle. 

2524 - Located shell casings on Long between Wrightwood and Drummond. 2625 N. Long

2520 - Confirms one casing at Long address 

2515 - inquired where the shell casing was found, 2520 told her

2515 becomes an X-Ray car (Overtime hold-over from 3rd Watch)

2515 - Change address of occurrence to Long address

2535 - Becomes an X-Ray car (still blocking traffic)

X2535 calls for relief

2520 assigns 2524 at the 2nd scene

2524 getting gas and then returning to Laramie assignment

2514 and 2524 clear for the night


2510 - Traffic (Blocking Diversey west) 

2514 - Masonic w/ victim

2524 - Laramie & Diversey

2532 - Traffic (Blocking Diversey East), then relocated to block traffic sb on street just north of Diversey

2535 - WB Diversey at Leclaire

2561-D - Primary crime scene investigation and canvass

Area 5 Bureau of Detectives Personnel Assigned: 

5520 - Violent Crimes Supervisor

5512 - Area 5 Violent Crimes Unit assigned to Masonic

5514 - Area 5 Violent Crimes Unit assigned to Diversey scene

5516 - Wrightwood crime scene (shell casing recovery scene)

5563 - Area 5 Property Crimes Unit assigned to primary crime scene/canvass


2515 - ET request, 5158 W. Diversey outside on the street. No offenders in custody. Car collision, victim's vehicle to be processed, blood in the car. 2531 is guarding the scene. White Toyota Corolla. (plate redacted in compliance with Illinois FOIA)  Detective Verosa - Star# 20192 

5844 assigned, 5846 replaces 5844 on assignment, then both units assigned

5846 assigned to 2nd scene on Long

Investigation: See Area 5 Detective Division supplementals and investigative inventory sheet

This investigation is continuing in-progress 

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Chicago Police Say Improper Supervision of Children Resulting in Child Endangerment is ok if Parent is Nearby When it Happens

That is the narrative Chicago Police are using this morning after a mother's lack of supervision over her children placed their lives at risk. 

Early this morning the Chicago Fire Department responded to a call of a fire at 6147 Wabash. The Chicago Fire Department Twitter account not only confirmed the fire response, but highlighted the danger these children were in as the result of their mother improperly supervising them, causing the kids to face a kitchen fire without her. 

According to this report by ABC 7 Chicago, this was the situation CFD responders found upon their arrival....

ABC 7 reported further said, "witnesses said the smoke was so heavy they could barely see out of the building."

Upon the mother being located, the family was re-united and Chicago Police did not arrest this mother "because she was nearby".  No details were released as to whether or not a DCFS hotline call was made and if DCFS is investigating or not. 

Friday, February 26, 2021

Chicago Police Department Silences Activists, President Obama, Hillary Clinton, Sen Warren, Former FBI Director James Comey, Several Major Automotive Companies, Major Retailers on Twitter

Chicago-One News asked the Chicago Police Department to release their Block and mute lists for all official CPD Twitter accounts, including that of Tom Ahern, the official verified main CPD Twitter Account, and the official main verified Twitter account for CPD Superintendent David O. Brown.

CPD denies in their FOIA response letter that Tiom Ahern and Supt David Brown have twitter accounts even though they are clearly visible for the public to see. CPD also did not provide the block or mute list for their main account as asked.
The block and mute lists that CPD DID release shows that the city has several high-profile Twitter accounts blocked and/or muted which may possibly violate U.S. Supreme Court rulings, and a 4th Circuit Court ruling in Davison v Randall.

The Chicago Police Department's 005th District has CNN, FOP Lodge 7, Beth Bria of CBS Chicago, Chelsea Manning, and Diamond & Silk on the block list. Their mute list shows Planned Parenthood Illinois Action, Alyssa Milano, and the Twitter verified BLM Twitter account muted, along with the twitter verified One Republic account, and Chicago Street Tweets.
Continuing the block list, CPD 005 has the popular Spot News account blocked. CPD's 006th District has Twitter verified Larry Elder account blocked. The activist account for Chicago PD Transparency is on 007's and 008's District block list. 009 has muted the Twitter verified account for Bette Midler along with the Morton Grove Illinois Police Department.
009 has BLOCKED the Twitter verified accounts for Motorola US, Ram Trucks, and Honda. The Twitter verified accounts for these same companies also appear on the 010th District block list along with Subway (the popular food chain), Toyota, Nissan, Continental Tire, Chic Fil A, E Trade, Journalist Adam Farmer, Monica Trinidad who says she is a Latinx artist, Nordstrom Trunk Club (Twitter verified), Lands End (Twitter verified), Volvo Car USA (Twitter verified), Amazon's Twitter verified account, and BMW USA (Twitter verified).

010's mute list has 11 accounts muted, which include Twitter verified accounts for the Philadelphia Cream Cheese company, Montgomery Granger, and Daquan (Daquandottv).

The 011th District has muted two of their own.....Tom Ahern, and the 025th District DCO. Alisa Hauser is also on this mute list. Alisa once worked for Block Club Chicago. Brother James Reiter also made this block list from the Conventual Franciscan Brothers.

011 features 4 blocked accounts, one of which is the Twitter verified account for Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. The 012th District has 4 accounts blocked, one of which is the Twitter verified account of Al Jazeera English.

CPD's 014th District has 5 twitter accounts blocked, one of them is the activist account for Chicago PD Transparency. One Twitter verified account is blocked and is identified as Profesor Nadir. This same account is also muted by 015.

015 has 6 accounts blocked. Of those 6 are two local Chicago accounts identified as Indivisible Chicago Northwest Side, and Concerned Citizen 606. The Concerned 606 account also shows up in the 016 block list with 3 other accounts also blocked by 016.

016 has blocked very high-profile, prominent accounts belonging to U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, former FBI Director James Comey, and activist David Hogg,. All of these accounts are displaying the Twitter verified blue checkmark.

CPD's 017th district has muted former U.S. President Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, and the well-known Father Michael Pfleger. On 017th block list is the Twitter verified account of Ancestry dot com.

018 has no one muted, but one blocked. 019 has nobody on their mute list, but has several people blocked. The 020th district has several on their block list, and their mute list features the popular Bike Lane Uprising account, along with the San Francisco Police Dept. Chicago PD Transparency shows up once again on 020's block list along with the Twitter verified account for Apple (the popular computer and phone company).

The 020th district has nobody muted, and one on their block list.

CPD's 024th District has several people on their block list. The most prominent local Twitter account being blocked is Assata's Daughter's, a well-known activist group that focuses on black civil rights. The Twitter verified accounts for Now This and Larry Flynt are also blocked. Local twitter account 4danlopez shows on this block list.

Chicago's 025th District has the longest block list of them all. Almost all of the blocked users are redacted. 4danlopez shows up here once more.

Chicago-One reached out to the Chicago Police Department for comment, and received no response. 

See the full Chicago Police Department Twitter Blocking and Muting lists here: 

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

FBI Arrests Chicago Man For Sex Trafficking of Minor


The Bureau sent the notification late, and that's why you're seeing it today. The public needs to know about these things ASAP. 

The DOJ press release reads as follows....

CHICAGO — A federal grand jury has indicted a Chicago man for allegedly transporting a minor from Wisconsin to Illinois to engage in commercial sex acts.

The two-count federal indictment charges WILLIAM MCBETH, also known as “Tony,” 35, with sex trafficking of a minor and transporting that victim from Wisconsin to Illinois for purposes of prostitution. 
The sex trafficking count is punishable by a minimum prison sentence of ten years and a maximum term of life, while the transportation charge is punishable by up to ten years. McBeth is currently in law enforcement custody. Arraignment in federal court in Chicago has not yet been scheduled.

The indictment was announced by John R. Lausch, Jr., United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; and Emmerson Buie, Jr., Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Field Office of the FBI. The Chicago Police Department provided valuable assistance. The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle Petersen.

Image of two-page criminal complaint issued by the U.S. DOJ

According to the indictment and a criminal complaint previously filed in the case, the minor victim was 15 years old in December 2015 when McBeth enticed her to engage in commercial sex acts in the Chicago area. McBeth transported her to various locations in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs to engage in commercial sex acts, and on at least one occasion brought her from Wisconsin back to Illinois for that purpose, according to the charges.

The public is reminded that an indictment is not evidence of guilt. The defendant is presumed innocent and entitled to a fair trial at which the government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. If convicted, the Court must impose a reasonable sentence under federal statutes and the advisory U.S. Sentencing Guidelines.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports McBeth repeatedly sold the 15-year-old for sex in and around Chicago in December 2015, and brought her to and from Wisconsin to be sold for sex at least once, according to prosecutors.

Chicago-One request for comment on this case submitted to the Chicago Police Dept was met by a reply from Kellie Bartoli, who said CPD will defer to the FBI since this is their case. 

Monday, February 22, 2021

CPD's New Recruits, Tomorrow's New Detectives (Opinion)

On 20 February 2021, Chicago Police Superintendent David O. Brown posted a tweet on his Twitter verified account that included a video of him speaking with new CPD recruits.

Regardless of your politics around the law enforcement and criminal justice profession, this new video, and other videos like it released by CPD are the best way for those members of the public who intimately know the law enforcement profession and CPD in-particular, to get a look at who is more likely to fail and more likely to be the Chicago Police Department's next success stories.  

Hardly anyone will argue that when it comes to the law enforcement profession, you can tell by a person's level of attention to personal care (dress, grooming), the attention they pay to instruction, the effort they show to their professional image, attitude and their demeanor, whether or not they'll be successful.

The video recently posted by Superintendent Brown is the first in which Chicago-One has used the above standards to pick the recruits who are most likely to succeed and ascend into District Tactical work, and the Bureau of Detectives. 

The Department did not release their names, but their photos are enough for the public to know them and keep an eye on these probable success stories once they graduate.


Why would these pictured people be important to Chicago's public safety operations and history in the event of their success? 

The era of time and the complex challenges they are being trained in, and then deployed to the city streets in will make them the first generation of police to train and deploy in the fast approaching end of a deadly international pandemic that has taken 500,000 lives in the U.S. (more deaths than American losses in WW-II), and the first to deploy post-Trump era. These officers will face the unique and volatile mix of extremist politics and the complicated crime conditions created by both as a result of widening inequalities that breed the conditions for spikes in crimes.

Chicago has seen 269 vehicle hijackings so far in 2021 with only 4 cases closed-cleared by arrest & prosecution, and 1,396 in 2020 with only 55 of those cases close-cleared by arrest & prosecution. All other cases are either suspended due to lack of leads, or non-cooperation. The 2020 homicide total was 792, up 53% from the prior year (2019). 

2020 gunplay totals from Hey Jackass

Shot & Killed: 719 (+55%)
Shot & Wounded: 3455 (+51%)
Total Shot: 4174 (+52%)

10 Chicago Police Officers were shot and wounded in 2020, and just this year, two robbery offenders attempted to rob an on-duty Chicago Police Detective while he was investigating a homicide. According to NBC 5 Chicago, "On Monday, 08 February 2021,  at approximately 7 p.m. in the 7700 block of South Yates, the detective and his partner were canvassing a previous crime scene when two individuals attacked the detective from behind. One person was armed with a handgun while the other had a knife, according to Chicago police. The offenders physically assaulted the detective and rummaged through his pockets before the detective's partner came to his aid, prompting the suspects to flee the scene."

One offender was arrested in the 2300 block of east 75th, and he second offender was still being sought as of the posting by NBC 5 Chicago. NBC 5 Chicago also revealed that the Detective is a 26-year veteran of CPD who suffered head & neck injuries but said to be in good condition.

These are he working conditions faced by the new class of CPD recruits, which, if promoted to Detective in the next 3 to 7 years, would play a role in how they go about performing their jobs.

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Area 4 Homicide Investigation Cleared-Closed by Arrest & Prosecution of Taevon Abston


This is an Area 4 Detective Division Violent Crimes/Homicide Unit arrest of offender now identified as ABSTON, TAEVON.

This report is not to be read alone, but with all other reports filed with Records Division Number JE-136516

All information in this report is in-essence and not verbatim, unless otherwise noted.

This case has other RD associations in a vehicular hijacking and robbery offenses committed prior to this homicide, and multiple other RD and CB associations are referenced in the investigation section of this report.

R/Ds were assigned this investigation by the on-duty A/4 VC/Homicide Sgt. after notification by 011th District field unit with regards to a homicide at 725 N. Trumbull on Beat 1121. R/Ds relocated from the area to the scene.

The below account outlines the initial response and investigation findings of responding 011th District units.

Time: 5:46:51AM

Date: 09 February 2021

Beat of Assignment: 1112

Event#: 01755


Beat 1121 assigned to information sent by OEMC Z11 that dispatcher had received numerous calls of shots fired and a call of a person shot at Trumbull & Huron, and Chicago & Trumbull. Fire responding but caller hung-up.Then info said 700 N Trumbull by the lot.
1114 arrived and located the victim now identified as QUILES, GUILLERMO at 725 N. Trumbull.

Z11 then received a call of 6 shots fired, and a brief description of two males one with a black coat and one with the grey coat running towards Chicago Ave. 1102-S (SDSC) was able to determine from camera footage that these two individuals were not the offenders, as they were standing in the street and smoking when the shots were fired and were merely fleeing for safety.

Victim Quiles, Guillermo was transported in critical condition to Mt. Sinai Hospital.
After victim QUILES was transported by A64 to Sinai, 1102-S (SDSC) related to Beat 1114 that 8 rounds were heard by the shotspotter upon 1114’s investigative inquiry.
UCR changed from 041-A to 0110 at 08:06:30AM. Victim QUILES pronounced at 07:59AM. Victim QUILES assigned ME# 201-01-930


1121 - Paper

5420 - A/4 Violent Crimes/Homicide Sgt.

CFD: A64 and E44 assigned

1131 - Gammon - Star# 9694 (Req Officer - Body Removal)

A/4 Garcia - Star# 20584

M.E. Ferguson 83


R/Ds learned through investigation that the offender identified now as ABSTON, TAEVON was one of three offenders involved in a robbery pattern of Dunkin Donuts businesses, and a vehicular hijacking.

Investigation revealed that ABSTON was the offender in a robbery at 5:20AM on 09 Feb 2021 at 3310 W. Addison, followed by this homicide at 5:45AM at 725 N. Trumbull, followed by a 2nd armed robbery at 6:22PM at 5050 W. Grand Ave in Elmwood Park, Illinois across the street from the Beat 2512 boundary. The offender was then involved in a 3rd armed robbery at 5000 W. Irving Park Rd. at 10:13PM.

2502-S advised Z11 at 8:19:06AM on 09 Feb 2021 that a vehicle with Minnesota plate [redacted], grey Chevy Equinox with a lock on the drivers side door wanted in connection with this investigation was last seen in 025.

During the 1st Watch on 10 Feb 2021, 015th District SDSC (1502-S) notified units that a stolen dark red Toyota RAV 4 was spotted at 154 N. Laramie. POD footage showed two male offenders, one being ABSTON with the vehicle, and ABSTON was on-scene when units arrived. ABSTON attempted to flee on foot, but was arrested by pursuing units.

ABSTON was searched incident to arrest by arresting units, and units recovered a handgun on ABSTON’S person. A 9mm weapon with a flashlight attachment fell to the ground during the search at time of arrest. Also recovered was the key to the stolen Rav4.

ABSTON was then transported to Area 4 Detective HQ. R/Ds started the ERI in the interview room where ABSTON was taken prior to his being placed there upon his arrival at A/4. R/Ds then entered the interview room and identified themselves, and informed ABSTON of the nature of this interview. ABSTON was given a copy of CPD miranda rights and Miranda waiver form which R/Ds read out loud to ABSTON. ABSTON stated he understood his rights and chose to speak with R/Ds.

R/Ds learned through investigation that ABSTON and all other offenders in this case are members of the Beam Team street gang, a subset of the New Breeds gang. The New Breeds are an offshoot of the original BG's (Black Gangsters). The Black Gangsters are one of three factions of the BGD's (Black Gangster Disciples). Department intelligence records show that the other two factions are the GD's (Gangster Disciples) and the BD's (Black Disciples).
The New Breeds were founded in 1972 by offenders George Davis, Rodger Collins, Julius Davis, and Maurice Jackson in the boundaries of area 4.

Department records that were destroyed in accordance with Illinois records destruction laws, and multiple intelligence sources show that the New Breeds may have started as early as the 1950s as a gang called “The Goon Squad”, and were active into the 1960s. Illinois Circuit Court Archives may still hold investigative and historical intelligence value.

R/Ds learned of the identity of the 2nd ADULT offender, and the location of the stolen Equinox. ABSTON told R/Ds that the 2nd adult offender was the driver of the Equinox during the commission of this homicide, and some of the robberies. ABSTON identified a 3rd offender as being a JUVENILE, stating that the JUVENILE was the 2nd shooter at the homicide and 2nd gun offender during the hijacking of the Equinox and at the robberies.
R/Ds had the Equinox recovered on the 900 block of S. Central ave near where the 2nd adult offender lives.

R/Ds summoned the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office Felony Review Unit who then responded to A/4.

Felony review released ABSTON’S adult co-arrestee without charges. ABSTON was charged with the offenses listed above in this report and transferred to the custody of the Cook County Sheriff at 26th & California. Bond court scheduled 12 Feb 2021 with Judge Arthur Wesley Willis. ABSTON held without bond.