Friday, November 22, 2019

Young Woman Missing From Chicago's West Side at High Risk Found Safe, Police



Missing - High Risk due to mental health issues:

Armoni Wilson

Age: 14

Description:

5 foot 7, 150 pounds, brown eyes, black hair, medium brown complexion

Last seen: 

6:25 p.m. Wednesday, November 20th, in the 1300 block of South Springfield Avenue. She was wearing an olive green North Face jacket, a blue and white shirt, blue jeans and purple Timberland boots

Anyone with information should contact Area Central Detectives at 312-747-8380


Update:

‪Armoni Wilson, 14, missing since Wednesday, was found safe and is at home with her family

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Federal Jury Convicts Chicago Man in Armed Robbery of ATM Technician




The U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI made the announcement today that Ivan Parker has been convicted in federal court by a jury of his peers. 

The announcement made by the U.S. DOJ said the complaint read as follows:

"On July 27, 2018, IVAN PARKER pointed a handgun to the technician’s head in the vestibule of a Chase Bank branch in the 3800 block of West 26th Street.  The robbery occurred shortly before 7:00 a.m. as the technician was loading an ATM with cash.  The technician tried to push away the gun and a struggle ensued.  Parker used pepper spray on the technician before grabbing a bag containing $106,335 in cash and running from the scene."

This offender was arrested in August of 2018 and was held in custody since then.

The announcement goes on to say, "The jury in federal court in Chicago on Wednesday convicted Parker of the single robbery count against him.  The charge is punishable by up to 20 years in prison.  U.S. District Judge Sara L. Ellis set sentencing for May 27, 2020.
The conviction 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 office of the FBI.  The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Tobara S. Richardson and Christine M. O’Neill."

The announcement, dated for November 7th, 2019, wasn't announced by the FBI Media Affairs Office until today 

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson Announces Retirement



Retirement celebration graphic announcing the retirement of Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, courtesy of ABC 7 Chicago


Major news corporations across the United States have announced the retirement of Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson today. Johnson and Chicago Mayor, Lori Lightfoot, held a press conference at Chicago Police Headquarters today with Johnson's immediate family present, all of whom are sworn members of the Chicago Police Department.
Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson announces his retirement at Chicago Police Headquarters with his immediate family, godmother, and Mayor Lori Lightfoot present on November 7th, 2019

Johnson spoke about time spent with the widows of fallen CPD personnel, and a trip to Europe to see the Chicago Bears play. Johnson stated those were the two experiences that were the final influences for his decision to retire. He said he felt like a normal person during those times. "It is time for someone else to pin these four stars to their shoulders," Johnson said. "These stars can sometimes feel like carrying the weight of the world and I'm confident I leave CPD in a better place than when I became superintendent."

Early-on in his retirement speech, Johnson paid tribute to his early life in what was once Chicago's Cabrini Green neighborhood, also mentioning his parents and their hard work. Johnson also spoke about what drove him to a career in law enforcement. The Superintendent stated that he was on a path towards a life in the medical sciences, but felt a pull towards public service. Johnson spoke about his love for the city, about this being the only home he has ever known. Mayor Lori Lightfoot, in her speech after the Superintendent's, said that over the past 31 years, the Chicago Police Department is the only employer Johnson has ever had.

During Johnson's speech, he spoke of Mayor Lori Lightfoot as his friend. The end of his speech saw him embrace the Mayor as his family and godmother looked on.

CPD Superintendent Eddie Johnson embraces Mayor Lori Lightfoot at the end of his November 7th, 2019, retirement speech


During his speech, from the very beginning, Johnson listed the progress and achievements the Chicago Police Department has made under his leadership. Johnson also spoke about how he took the time to listen to diverse voices in his office, and that he recognized people want to have their voices and concerns heard. He remarked that half of Chicago must likely have his cell phone number. Johnson also said this, "a leader doesn't bark orders, he leads by example".

Prior to the press conference, Johnson sent a letter to all under his command. The letter is printed here as his departing words.

Dear Members,

I joined the Chicago Police Department for the same reason as many of you. I wanted to make a difference. I wanted to be the cop that took the time to listen to those he swore to serve and protect.

I wanted to be the officer that families waved to as I drove down their block. I wanted them to know my name, and I wanted to know their names too. This job has always been about relationships, and I have made more friends as a Chicago cop than I would have ever imagined.

I have had the privilege of serving as Superintendent since April 2016. This was a difficult time for CPD. The city was still reeling after the release of the video showing the police shooting of Laquan McDonald.

Trust between CPD and the people of Chicago had fallen to the lowest level I’d seen in my 31 years on the job. As a Department, we were also trying to make sense of the changes regarding street stops that came courtesy of the American Civil Liberties Union.

Murders spiked to a level not seen since the 1990s. Some predicted that Chicago would continue its downward slide, but I knew we could do better. We just needed to do things differently.

A Superintendent can talk about reform all day, but it’s every Department Member who needs to be an agent of change. I can’t thank you enough for buying into a new strategy and reshaping CPD for the better.

Today, we are on pace to post four straight years of double-digit declines in murders, shootings, robberies and burglaries. We’ve made this happen while increasing transparency, putting a renewed emphasis on community policing and investing in manpower and new technology. I know that none of this would have been possible without the hard work and dedication from each and every one of you.

With that in mind, I come to you with news of my pending retirement from CPD, effective 01 Jan 2020. This was a very difficult decision because I love this job, and I love the people that wear this uniform. Still, the time has come for me to move on to the next chapter in my life. As someone once shared with me, "This is a job of a lifetime, but not a job for a lifetime."

I cannot thank you for enough for your making my time as Superintendent one of the greatest honors of my life. This Department - this Family in Blue - elevated a humble beat copy to the rank of Superintendent. I will forever be in your debt. 

Because of your efforts, we leave this Department in a better place. CPD is also on a path to post continued decreases in violent crime while strengthening our relationships with the community. We paved this path together. There is certainly more work to do. But I am confident CPD will answer the call as you have done so many times before. 

God Bless CPD. God Bless Chicago. And as always, stay safe. 

Sincerely,

Eddie T. Johnson
Superintendent of Police

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

CPD Failure to Properly Manage Manpower in 016 Has Aldermen Seeing Red



The Second City Cop news outlet first posted that the entire afternoon tact team in 016 was going to be detailed to 011 for the weekend of November 1st. That turned-out to be no rumor, this actually became a reality.

Second City Cop post from 01 Nov 2019 at 12:01AM on the topic of 016 tact units rumored to be getting sent to 011 for the weekend


This reality left 016 in a jam that would have left most District Commanders at the mercy of the mayor and BIA. Second City Cop had an eye on Nadig News, the media company that has covered the northwest side for decades. Here's what SCC found out:

"On Nov. 1 and 2, eight 16th District tactical officers and a sergeant were sent to work in the 11th (Harrison) District from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.

On Friday night, the 16th District was able to bring in four tactical officers who were paid overtime to work on their day off, but on Saturday evening there reportedly were no tactical officers working in the district."


If you need to see it to believe it, here's a screenshot

Screenshot from Second City Cop from a story they ran, called "Blog Writes The News" on 06 November 19
If you guessed that the aldermen in each of the wards within 016 saw red, you'd be correct.



Chicago-One reached out to CPD News Affairs with a simple question: "is the department investigating at all?" While Chicago-One waits for that response, Brian Nadig has some facts worth being seen.

1. On Nov. 1 and 2, eight 16th District tactical officers and a sergeant were sent to work in the 11th (Harrison) District from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.

2. On Friday night, the 16th District was able to bring in four tactical officers who were paid overtime to work on their day off, but on Saturday evening there reportedly were no tactical officers working in the district.

3. In addition, there are reports that due to a shortage of officers on the 16th District’s night team, the day teams were depleted so that the district could send an eight-member team to the 11th District.

Hello, Eddie Johnson? Mayor Lightfoot? If you wouldn't allow this kind of stunt in 014 where you live, why is this acceptable in 016? Question for the 016 Commander: Did you entertain the possibility of having your depleted tact team temporarily covered by a suitable citywide tact team detail in 016? Did you think maybe it was a good idea to tell 011 to find their own coverage? was it worth a possible demotion to let this play out? Was it worth risking the safety and well-being of the residents served by your district? What were you thinking?

Update - 6:38PM

Sgt. Rocco Alioto at News Affairs has made the following statement:

"It is customary for personnel from one district to support another district. This is not a regular occurrence but can and will be used when needed. We are all one Chicago Police Department."

Woman Stabbed to Death by Boyfriend on Chicago's Northwest Side



Address: 2455 N. Marmora

Date: 05 Nov 2019

Time units assigned: 9:50PM (2150hrs)

UCR Code: 0110

RD# JC-500162

Event# 16521

M.E.# 2019-05248

Detective Division Assignment: Unit 630 - H/G/S, Beat 53xx

Beat of Occurrence: 2515

Beat Assigned: 2515R

Summary:

This is a BWC event. Event# 16521

R/O's responded to an OEMC radio notification of a stabbing at the above address. R/O's arrived o/s to find a male who opened the rear door for R/O's with blood all over his sweater. R/O's immediately summoned CFD ambulance via Zone-12 for the offender.

Offender was immediately taken into custody in the rear bottom level stairwell of the address. Units proceeded upstairs and discovered a lot of blood, indicating a crime scene. Units then discovered a 29 year-old female victim lying on the floor with stab wounds to the neck, and a second ambulance was ordered.

Ambulance was told to enter through the rear of the address. 2545R recovered the suspected weapon, and secured suspected weapon. Crime scene was contained to the upstairs unit.

The offender called 911 and admitted killing the female victim with a knife 40 minutes prior to him calling 911. The offender spoke only Spanish, requiring a translator, and was still on the phone with the OEMC call taker upon arrival of units. 2551 gave a slow-down, followed by a disregard due to having enough units on-scene to investigate.

Offender was transported to Area North at 2151hrs by Beat 2535.

2523R followed ambulance 63 to Illinois Masonic with additional unit

2545 was assigned CIT Unit and paper car, 2561, 2543, 2535 also assigned. 2533R was the crime scene car.

Supervising units: 2510, 2550, 2599

Cook County Medical Examiner records show the incident occurred at 9:39PM and the victim pronounced dead at 10:17PM

News Affairs Officer Kellie Bartoli stated that the background of this incident shows it to be a domestic violence related case, and that the offender is a 34 year-old male who was determined to be the victim's boyfriend.

Notifications:

025th district desk, 2510, 2550, 2599, CFD, Area North Homicide, Mobile Crime Lab, Cook County Medical Examiner, News Affairs, Ops Command

See Area North Homicide Detective Summary and Supplements for further details.

 Update: 13 November 2019

Chicago Police sent the full Incident Case Report and Arrest Report on 12 November 2019, which identifies the victim and the offender. The Cook County State's Attorney's Office confirmed the murder charge, and said that the offender named in the CPD paperwork was held without bond in a bail hearing on 08 Novermer before Cook County Circuit Court Judge David Navarro. The offender was not in court that day because he was admitted to Illinois Masonic Hospital on Chicago's north side for observation and treatment for self-inflicted knife wounds. The offender's next court date is in Branch 66 at 26th & California on 15 November at noon.

The offender was identified in the CPD Incident Case Report and Arrest Report as Oscar Sauceda Villalobos


The victim was identified as Flor E. Navarrete-Soto. Villalobos told CPD Detectives at Area North that he stabbed Navarette-Soto 31 times because he believed she was being unfaithful.

See the full case report and arrest report here: