Logan Square’s five murders earned us a name as a top murder spot, and a rash of robberies and burglaries have the neighborhood police on high alert.
Logan Behind Only Austin, West Englewood In 2015 Murder Ranking
Logan Square’s five known murder cases this year have earned us a place among Chicago’s top neighborhoods in murders.
Homicide Watch Chicago released crime rankings of the city’s 77 neighborhoods late last week. Though data show a decrease in general crime over the past few years, Logan took third place for having five confirmed murders so far this year, along with North Lawndale, Roseland and South Shore. West Englewood had six murders, while Austin took the top spot, with seven.
The deaths included Bernadette Glomski, who was found strangled; Julio Ramos, who was fatally shot in a drive-by; Deonta Jackson and Elijah Moore, who were shot outside of the Dolphin nightclub; and young Mikal Johnson, who was gunned down in an apparent road rage incident.
Most of the murders took place near the outer edges of the neighborhood, Homicide Watch noted.
In what may be the more alarming development, Logan Square sees an average of five murders in a full year. The current numbers only cover January to April 22. The neighborhood had two murders in 2010, 2011 and 2012.
Depending on the outcome of a suspected murder-suicide that took place in the 2800 block of N. Maplewood Ave. on March 31, the neighborhood may actually tie with West Englewood for having the second-most murders. LoganSquarist is investigating the incident.
Slew Of Neighborhood Burglaries, Robberies Prompt Police To Issue Warnings
The police released warnings after a number of robberies and burglaries in the neighborhood and surrounding areas.
The area robberies all appear to be the work of a sole black male in his 20s who weighs about 160-180 pounds and is 5 feet 9 inches to 6 feet tall. According to the police, the man has been targeting females on the street by knocking them down or physically attacking them and taking their purses or phones. The two most recent of these robberies took place in Logan Square. On April 15, a woman was attacked in the 1700 block of N. Kimball Ave, and another was robbed in the 2500 block of W. Wabansia Ave. on April 20.
The neighborhood saw several robberies to homes while residents were out of town, the police said. The unknown suspect or suspects appear to have broken into the buildings through doors or windows. The burglaries took place in the 1500 block of W. Wabansia Ave., the 1800 block of W. Cortland St. and the 2100 block of N. Oakley Ave.
Several garage burglaries—in the 2400 block of W. Moffat St., the 2400 block of W. Armitage Ave, and the the 1600 block of N. Oakley Ave.—were reported on April 6, 12 and 20, respectively. The suspect was described as Hispanic, in his mid-20s and 150-190 pounds.
Woman Strangled At Home ID’d As Bernadette Glomski
Chicago Police have identified the woman found strangled inside her Logan Square home as Bernadette Glomski, 58.
Glomski was found dead with an electrical cord around her neck in the 2500 block of W. Moffat St. on April 15, as the LoganSquarist recently reported. The death was ruled a homicide, but her name was withheld until authorities notified her family. However, a spokesman for the medical examiner’s office told the Chicago Tribune her family has not yet been found. Her name was publicly released in the hope that her next of kin can be located.
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