Monday, March 20, 2017

O'Hare Marriott to Host Chicago Gang Summit

Jeremy Gorner, a Contact Reporter for the Chicago Tribune broke this story just a short time ago.The summit will be held at the O'Hare Marriott Hotel 8535 West Higgins Road,  Chicago, Illinois, 60631. The CrimeisDown website was used to give the public some idea of exactly what the location is on the map, and some sense of the area geography. 

Those who are unfamiliar with the area covered by Beat 1614, here it is. Click to enlarge the map.

The core of the plans, and the emerging idea of what's going to happen with this summit are detailed in quotes below from Gorner's article. 
"The news release Monday announcing the summit led by the Rev. Darrell Scott said he would team with employment, housing and education experts in an attempt to negotiate "an immediate ceasefire" to gang violence in Chicago."

Torrence Cooks, a "self-styled Chicago anti-violence activist" is involved with the gang summit. "In a front-page Tribune story last month, Cooks, identified in court records as a former high-ranking gang member, said his discussions with Scott expanded beyond just a field trip to how to curb violence in general."

"In the interview Monday, Scott said Cooks was planning to bring about 15 to 20 people from different parts of the city to the event. Scott, though, shied away from calling them gang leaders, as the news release had."

"These will be people that have influence ... in the community," Scott told the Tribune. "And I believe they are able to influence those in the community to act differently than they've been acting."

From here, the article goes on to talk about giving these individuals more employment opportunities, more mentoring from organizations such as the Boys & Girls Club, etc.

At this time, there is no evidence of any extra police planning around possible problems during or after the summit. 

Chicago Police Detectives at Area North Seek Robbery Offenders

Police are asking for help from the public, and advising citizens to take common sense safety measures after a pattern of robberies occurred in he following areas:

• 2700 block of W. Lawrence on March 7, 2017 at 1:10am (Beat 2031)
• 4500 block of N. Magnolia on March 7, 2017 at 8:30pm (Beat 1913)
• 4500 block of N. Broadway on March 11, 2017 at 5:30am (Beat 1913)
These robberies have been filed under the following RD#'s: JA-177755, JA-178957, JA-183332. When speaking with police, reference Alert# P17-N-073, and Alert#P17-N-073(CA)

At this time, per the pattern, these offenders are moving between the 40th ward (O'Connor), and the 46th ward (Cappleman)

Information in the alert says this:

Strong Armed Robberies have occurred within the boundaries of the 19th District (Town Hall). In these robberies, a group of offenders approached the victims on the street, and all of the offenders began to punch and kick the victims, knocking them to the ground. While continuing to beat the victims while they are on the ground, the offenders also took property from the victims. If you have any information Contact the Bureau of Detectives – Area North
(312) 744-8263

Shooting at Leighton Criminal Courthouse - Shooter in Custody

The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that a person was shot at 26th and California, in front of the Leighton Criminal Court Building.

What we know so far:

  • The victim is 22 years old
  • The victim was attempting to enter the court building when he was shot
  • The victim was shot six times, and is in critical condition 
  • Two off-duty police officers witnessed the shooting, and arrested the shooter
  • Charges are pending
This story is developing, check back for more as it becomes available

Alleged Rape & Kidnapping Offender Held Without Bond in Northside Attack

Chicago-One News brings you its first news story involving a habitual violent offender who is now in custody again under serious violent felony allegations. This story is sourced from several reputable information sources and compiled here into one record.
Chicago Police Area North Detectives have arrested a suspect in the March 9th, 2017 Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault and Kidnapping of a 24 year old female victim filed under RD# JA-181492.

31 year old Jarqueese O'Brian Henigan was positively identified as the offender. On March 9th, 2017 at or around 8:20PM in the 3700 block of N. Fremont Street. Henigan approched the victim armed with a handgun as she was exiting the garage. Henigan then sexually assaulted the victim and forced her into the trunk of a vehicle. Henigan then drove to several locations in the Chicagos Southside before striking a tree. Henigan was identified and arrested on March 17th, 2017 in the 10300 block of S. Halsted.

Henigan is charged with the following crimes in connection with this attack:

  • One felony count of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault/Weapon
  • One felony count of Aggravated Kidnapping/Inflict Harm
  • One felony count of Vehicular Hijacking/Aggravated with a Firearm
  • One felony count of Possession of a Controlled Substance
  • One felony count of Robbery/Armed with a Firearm
  • One felony count of Armed Habitual Criminal
  • Out of State Warrant
  • One Misdemeanor count of Resisting/Obstructing a
    Police Officer 
Henigan has a violent history, according to the Crime in Wrigleyville & Boystown website, whose reporters say they've inspected Henigan's publicly available prison & court records.

2004: Sentenced to 4 years for burglary
2006: Released early
2006: Sentenced to 10 years for firearms charge
2011: Released early
2011: Sentenced to 6 years for possessing a firearm in a robbery
2014: Released early
2017: Charged with raping, kidnapping, robbing Wrigleyville woman

This Daily Herald article speaks about a robbery Henigan committed in 2011.

CWB published this map of the route Henigan is said to have taken with his latest victim.

Henigan's Sentencing History

Per the above work done by CWB, Henigan has learned how to take advantage of the many chances he's been given by way of reduced time in prison. 

That Lake County case got Henigan six years, but "he got 50% off his time, and was paroled in 2014."

"Prior to that, Henigan was given a 50% discount off of a ten year prison sentence that he earned in 2006 for attempted aggravated discharge of a firearm in Lake County."

"And, before that, he was given another 50% discount off of a four-year sentence for burglary in Lake County."

The above quotes are credited to the Crime in Wrigleyville & Boystown news site.

Henigan's Out of State Warrant

Henigan's out of state warrant was issued for allegations of Rape and Robbery. The Cook County Circuit Court has said he will be extradited to face those charges once his Illinois case has concluded. (Updated March 20th, 2017)

CWB also discovered this next bit of information.....

"Wilmette authorities charged him with excessive speeding, fleeing, and eluding police in September 2015.

Then, he went missing until he was picked up in Tulsa, Oklahoma, last August on an Illinois prison fugitive warrant.

Details about what happened after that were not immediately available." 

Henigan's Bond Hearing

Henigan was in Central Bond Court Sunday, where he was held without bond by Cook County Circuit Judge Laura Sullivan, who said "I do find the proof is evident and the presumption is great," Sullivan said. "I also find that the defendant presents a real and present danger to the public that denial of bail is necessary to prevent the fulfillment of the threat he presents.". Assistant State's Attorney Amari Dawson represented the State in this hearing. (Updated March 20th, 2017)

How Police Caught Henigan

Police investigation revealed that Henigan used or attempted to use the victim's credit cards at two locations near his hom. Video surveillance recordings were clear enough for police to cross-match his face against their own database using facial recognition technology. Electronic forensic evidence also played a key role, as he also used the victim's phone. When police analyzed the victim's phone, they found the suspect's address in the Google Maps application, and it matched the address Henigan used when he was released from prison in October 2016.

Henigan was spotted by police Friday while walking near his home. When officers attempted to arrest him, Henigan pulled away and tried to run. Police placed him in a wrist lock and arm bar while putting him into handcuffs, according to a police report. Henigan was taken to Illinois Masonic Medical Center after he complained of pain in his wrist.

Henigan admitted to several of the accusations but denied assaulting the victim, Dawson said. (Updated March 20th, 2017)

Updated information courtesy of the Chicago Tribune

Photo provided by Chicago Police.

Lauren Jiggetts at NBC 5 Chicago contributed to this piece.