The crime news this week includes a man physically attacked by a group of teenagers using homophobic language, the release of a suspect in the “Bucktown Creeper” case with no charges, and several shootings.
Man Taunted, Assaulted by Teenagers in Homophobic Attack
A Logan Square resident reported on EveryBlock that he was taunted with homophobic slurs and beaten by a group of six teenagers in the early morning hours of July 30. The victim refers to the assault, which has been reported to police, as a hate crime.
In an interview with LoganSquarist, the victim, Levi Frerichs, describes being surprised by a group of six teenagers while walking his dog at 2:30 a.m. July 30 in the area of 2600 North Spaulding Avenue, near where Spaulding intersects Milwaukee. Frerichs says a group of six teenagers, four black males, one black female and one white female, ran up behind him in an attempt to scare him, then began beating him and taunting him.
Frerichs fled the group and found patrons outside Cafe con Leche at 2714 N. Milwaukee Ave., and says when he turned around the attackers were walking away.
In arguing that the attack was a hate crime, Frerichs points out the homophobic language and the fact that the attack wasn’t an attempted robbery and had no other apparent motive.
After the assault, Frerichs called the police and reported the crime. He told LoganSquarist in a written statement that police said they’d send an officer to investigate, but none appeared until two hours later, at 4:30 a.m.
“They called back 30 minutes later to obtain my name and address because they did not take it when I first called,” Frerichs writes. “When I woke up the next day, I saw a missed call from an undisclosed number at 4:30 a.m., but no voicemail explaining the reason for the call. On Monday, when I went into the police station I found out the 911 operator didn’t send an officer until two hours after my initial call, and that they called two hours later to ask if I was still at the scene of the crime.
“I was extremely disappointed by this, and to add insult to injury, I also found out that the only information filed under my case number was my name, number and address. There wasn’t anything regarding the time and location of the attack or the description of the assailants, which I had provided in detail to the operator.”
Frerichs says the in-person visit to the police station was more productive, and a detective is assigned to his case. He says he had never felt unsafe in three years in Logan Square, “or that my life is in danger, but this attack has opened my eyes to the fact that no one is safe no matter where you are in the city. That’s why I will remain in Logan regardless of this traumatic experience. I refuse to let this deter me from enjoying all of the wonderful things my neighborhood has to offer,” Frerichs writes.
The attack took place only a block away from the office of Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (35th), who is openly gay and is a member of city council’s LGBT Caucus. Rosa’s office did not respond to a request for comment by publication time.
Incidentally, and as always, readers are encouraged not to read the discussion thread on EveryBlock.
‘Bucktown Creeper’ Suspect Released Without Charges
The man police had arrested in a home invasion and robbery case was released July 29 without being charged, DNAinfo reports.
The case, referred to as the Bucktown Creeper case, began with a home invasion in the area of Armitage and Leavitt avenues. The home surveillance camera of resident Jack Mackercher recorded a stranger standing at the top of his steps while Mackercher and his partner were asleep downstairs in the living room.
The stranger was also recorded by neighbors’ surveillance systems throughout the area. The suspect appears from those images to be a black male with a beard and no mustache in a white hoodie. More images can be seen here.
The couple woke up to find a purse stolen. Mackercher said they had left the door to their balcony on the second floor unlocked.
The police did not name the suspect who was released without being charged.
Three Injured in Neighborhood Shootings
A shooting Aug. 2 left a 15-year-old boy in stable condition in the hospital with a gunshot wound to the neck. The shooting took place around 9 p.m. in the 2600 block of North Lawndale Avenue, DNAinfo reports, in the same block as the James Monroe Public School.
DNAinfo reports that the victim is a “documented gang member.” As we have written previously, the term has no public definition.
Two men were shot in separate incidents last week, both taking place after midnight the morning of July 31.
In one, the victim was driving eastbound on Fullerton Avenue when he stopped at a red light at Western Avenue and was shot by someone in a black SUV. Again, DNAinfo reports the man was a “documented gang member.”
In the other, a 34-year-old man was shot in the face by an acquaintance after an argument in the 2000 block of North Kedzie Avenue, which is Kedzie and Armitage. The man was shot at around 1:30 a.m. and was taken to Stroger Hospital in serious condition.