Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Man Arrested For Groping Woman on CTA Has Serious Arrest History

On February 3rd, 2017, a woman got on her bus, and expected to be safely transported. A safe transport is exactly what did NOT happen. A suspect that police have now identified as Christopher Gates of the 400 block of N. Harding Ave, is alleged to have grabbed the female passenger in an inappropriate manner without her consent, and then exited the bus.

Christopher Gates - Chicago Police photo
Gates is charged with one felony count of aggravated battery to a transit passenger and one felony count of unlawful restraint. This is not the first or even the second arrest for Gates. Gates is well-known to the Chicago Police Department, mostly for violent offenses, and offenses involving illicit drugs.

According to Chicago Police public adult arrest records, gates has been arrested 8 times in the past, and this arrest would make his 9th. Gates was arrested for the first time by Chicago Police on May 25, 2014 at 5:00PM. That first arrest had Gates charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, and possessing less than 2.5 grams of cannabis. Gates was arrested that day at 1156 N Keeler Ave. on police beat 1111. At that time, police had his address listed as 726 N. Harding, located on police beat 1112.

Harding was arrested the second time on Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 12:50 PM at 1222 N Pulaski Rd. This second arrest was also for Possession of a Controlled Substance. This time, the arrest took place on police beat 2534. This area is well-known for gang, drug, and other serious criminal activity. At the time of these first two arrests, Gates lived at 726 N. Harding on beat 1112.

Thursday, March 12, 2015 8:15AM, just 17 days short of seven months since his 2nd arrest, Gates was arrested for Stalking/Cause Fear/Safety/2+ (a violation of 720 ILCS 5.0/12-7.3-A-1), and Battery - Make Physical Contact, in violation of 720 ILCS 5.0/12-3-A-2. By this time, Gates had moved to 4102 W Crystal St., on beat 2534, according to Police Arrest records.

At some point after his issuance of warrant arrest on June 28th, 2016, he moved from 554 N Avers Ave, and by Oct 26th, 2016, he moved to 426 N Harding Ave.

Gate's full arrest record is displayed below as evidence of the above statements. This record came from the Chicago Police Department Adult Arrest Database, available to the public. 

As of this latest arrest, Gates has been held in Cook County Jail in lieu of a $900,000 bond. Gates is due back in court on 6/14/2017. This information per the Cook County Sheriff's Department Inmate Locator Service. 

Chicago-One News attempted to reach out to the Cook County State's Attorney's Office and the Chicago Police Department for an official statement, and communications with police are pending for further information about Mr. Gate's prior history with their department. Chicago Police Spokesman Anthony Guglielmi has stated the department must keep their comments limited to Mr. Gate's prior history only, due to his current case in a pending status with the Cook County Circuit Court. (Edited on May 4th, 2017 at or around 9:30AM to reflect changes to facts regarding communications between Chicago-One News and CPD)  

Chicago Fire Department Spokesman Recovering Well After Collision in Department Vehicle

CFD Spokesman, Larry Langford - Chicago Tribune photo
On May 2nd, 2017, Chicago Tribune Reporter, Rosemary Regina Sobol, wrote about what is the 2nd vehicle collision in six months involving CFD Spokesman, Larry Langford. Both collisions involved his city - issued vehicle.

“I was just going to get more coffee and drive back to my house and start my day,’’ Langford said. “All of a sudden, wham!" - Tribune Article quote.

 Larry tells the story in his own words:

"I was stopped at a light at 59th Street and Union Ave. after six in the morning, closer to seven, when I heard the sound of tires on wet pavement. I thought, oh-oh, and looked up.’’ "I saw the car leave the scene, and stop close by. I get out of the car and ask if he's ok. He mumbles back to me, saying "yeah". "He didn’t apologize, or ask if I was all right, he wasn’t looking at me. He just kept looking at his car.’’ "So, I ask this guy for his drivers license and ask if he has insurance. He told me the car was stolen."

Langford: "You stole it?"

Driver: "yes"

At this point, Langford tells that the driver walked away. The driver then started to run, and left the car behind.

Chicago-One News spoke to Larry Langford this morning on his way into the office after buying his morning coffee. Anyone in the Chicago media business, and who eventually covers police & fire department incidents gets to know Larry very quickly. Larry stated to Chicago-One that he's a little sore, but is otherwise doing well.

Larry is typically all - go, no - stop, and carries with him a spirit of helpfulness, is generally very jovial and easy to get along with. Get well soon, Larry!

Two Chicago Police Officers Shot - Three Being Questioned, Investigation On-Going

Chicago's OEMC Zone 13, home of the Chicago Police Department's 9th district daily operational communications needs. The dispatcher was having a routine night, which means highs and lows in activity. Domestics, vice calls (drugs, gangs, guns), parkers, and various criminal shenanigans that aren't new to the city.

Suddenly, an officer describing a van is heard, followed by an officer screaming into his radio...."MY PARTNER'S HIT, MY PARTNER'S HIT, MY PARTNER'S HIT 64TH & ASHLAND" shortly after a flurry of radio activity, "GET THOSE AMBULANCES ROLLING! LET'S GET THEM IN HERE!" The dispatcher finding a way to stay calm and collected, says, "We've got ambulances on the way" 


By the time it was over, two officers had been shot. We now know these were two Tactical Officers from 009. For those not familiar with CPD parlance, Tactical Officers are plainclothes personnel specializing in investigating things like gangs, guns, robbery, burglary, drugs, prostitution, etc. They drive unmarked cars, and possess specialized training for their work.

The shooting occurred at or around 9PM last night, May 02, 2017. Per the statement made by the department, the officers were sitting in their unmarked unit in the 4300 block of south Ashland Ave. when they saw someone in a silver van shooting at another vehicle, according to preliminary information.

 As it all unfolded, Chicago's independent journalists covering the crime beat gave live coverage from the radio traffic. Enter Spot News....

Now come the tweets from Chicago Police Spokesman, Anthony Guglielmi, to confirm what has happened. Anthony is Twitter verified, as noted by the blue badge with the checkmark.

Superintendant Johnson spoke to the media, saying, "We believe these officers were followed and targeted", a statement giving insight into the frantic manhunt that took place last night after the shooting. Upon being fired at, police returned fire. At this time, it is not believed that anyone was struck by the fire from police service weapons.

Current information says that both vehicles involved had left the scene hastily, and  The van was found near 37th Street and Racine Avenue, less than two miles away, and either a rifle or shotgun was recovered near the scene, according to a source citing preliminary information. A second weapon was also recovered, and three people were taken into custody for questioning, police said.

Per AJ Guglielmi, Chicago Police Spokesman, one officer has been released from the hospital, and Detectives are continuing their investigation. According to ABC 7 Chicago, the second officer may be released later today.