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December 10, 10 am-1 pm. (HPKCC) Is reactivating the WhistleStop program. We are sponsoring a Whistle Day on this coming Saturday, December 10, from 10AM-2PM. We are seeking volunteers, especially people knowledgeable about the WhistleStop program, to man stations in Harper Court and the Hyde Park Shopping Center. We need at least 8 people to sell whistles in 2-hour slots. Call Stephanie Franklin at 773-955-3622 to volunteer to sell whistles on that day. Thanks.
The committee is seeking merchants and other locations to permanently stock whistles, is deveoping an instructional card, and is ordering more whistles. When tthis accomplished, there may more whistle days.

December 12, Monday, 6:30 pm. Alderman Hairston has convened a meeting about shootings and crime in the area of Cornell Park. Montgomery Place, 5550 S. South Shore Drive.

Link to Herald article on UCPD Chief Walker's talk at HPKCC Annual meeting Sept. 18, 2016.

Link to the proposed new CPD Use Of Force Policy-

Current police commanders: District 2- Crystal King-Smith. District 3- James Jones.

This link is to an interactive Chicago Maroon article online with a map of crimes in the University area since 2001:

Meetings etc. U of C Policing -

September 18 2016, 3 pm. Forum on UC Policing w. Chief Walker- Augustana, 5500 S. Woodlawn. Sp by HPKCC and Hyde Park Village.

HPKCC is a cosponsor of a project interviewing and videotaping youth in Woodlawn on their lives and experiences with policing. Here is a u-tube link from Gab Piemonte to part of the footage:


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HPKCC Returns to its Roots with a Workshop on Block Clubs
Background- visit Why Block Clubs and Urban Renewal era Block Clubs and HPKCC.

WHAT IS A BLOCK CLUB please visit this link:

Visit report on HPKCC's April 19, 2010 "Keeping YOU and Your Computer Safe" seminar.

Police District Merger page.


Meetings etc.

Next CAPS for most of HP- 3rd Wednesdays Treasure Island lower level. 6:30
CAPS meetings for the north part (KenwoodO are 3rd Tuesdays at the King Center, 4314 S. Cottage Grove. 6:30
NO CAPS in Dec or Jan.

Sept. 16, Sunday. 3 pm. Forum with Chief Walker of UP Pol. Dept. Sp by HPKCC and HP Village. Augustana Church, 5550 S. Woodlawn, Use parking lot entry.

U of C Fair Policing, changes in Chicago Police.

University to signficantly expand policing.Release from President Zimmer July 27, 2016. (See below response of Coalition for Equitable Community Policing and announcements March 25.

To: Faculty, Staff and Students
From: Robert J. Zimmer, President
Date: July 27, 2016
Subject: Update on Safety and Security

In recent months members of our community have expressed growing concerns about issues of safety and security. Each instance of crime, particularly because of its human impact, must be taken seriously. The University has a longstanding commitment to working with our communities to promote safety and security and it is of the utmost importance that we respond effectively.

We are currently taking steps to help address these issues, building on approaches that have significantly reduced crime in our area over the last decade. Specifically:

· The University is currently increasing overall police patrols to help enhance safety and prevent crime. In all, the University of Chicago Police Department is increasing the number of officers on active patrol by 28 percent, including some in the final stages of hiring and another group to be recruited in the coming year. As part of this increase, UCPD will field more mobile units and bicycle patrols, and have greater focus on areas with local increases in criminal activity, high-traffic areas, and parks.

· The University has placed additional security officers in and around Harper Court and other University properties along 53rd St.

· The Department of Safety and Security is continuing updates to security technology, including equipment to help officers identify license plates, cameras on more than 100 of the campus community’s emergency phones and use of key-card access for most campus buildings. The University also is working towards increased mobile safety technology to help members of our community contact police rapidly.

· The UCPD has increased joint patrols with the Chicago Police Department, especially in areas that have seen recent incidents of crime, and is collaborating with CPD investigative units on such incidents.

· I have spoken with the Mayor about crime in our community, informed him that we are increasing our resources, and expressed our desire to increase collaboration with the City and the CPD to address community concerns.

· The Office of Civic Engagement will partner with UCPD to establish a robust community engagement program around security issues, in close partnership with elected officials, community leaders and residents and the CPD. This will help inform the community of safety measures and provide vehicles for continuous feedback from the community about safety concerns and policing efforts.

These steps will build on what we have learned through the results of the University’s actions on safety over the last decade. In 2007, the Campus Safety and Security Committee, consisting of faculty, students, staff, and a community representative, was charged with evaluating the University’s efforts to enhance safety. This resulted in significant investments in technology and additional personnel to improve safety and security operations. These actions have helped lead to a marked decrease in crime, including a 60 percent reduction in on-campus robberies and a drop of 19 percent for violent crimes within the UCPD patrol area since 2009. In 2011, responding to requests from community leaders, the University expanded its commitment to neighboring communities by further extending the patrol area of the UCPD, providing an added layer of security in support of the CPD.

It is imperative that we actively work together to address these issues. There is much work ahead. I am grateful for your engagement and active input, which are essential for us to make continued progress.

Response from Coalition for Equitable Policing, Christian Boch-Hughes with links

Dear Neighbors,
As many of you may have seen by now, University of Chicago President Robert J Zimmer released today a statement announcing new “Safety and Security” initiatives to be implemented by the University (The full email is below). These initiatives include, among others:

· Increase in overall police force by 28%

· Increase in overall patrols, including increased collaboration with the Chicago Police Department

· Key-card only access to most campus buildings and 100 new cameras around Hyde Park

· Increased spending on surveillance strategies with “mobile safety technology”

Per the President, these changes are said to be in response to the “community's increasing concerns about issues of safety.” We all know these concerns are real, and public safety is our right. But the University’s response to crime is a blatant exploitation of the fear many people have about violence in this community.
What I, and many other people I’ve spoken to, know is this: militarization, over-policing, and the institutionalization of a privatized surveillance state are not paths to real public safety. This is not what safety looks like. The increased presence of CPD in this area, in the midst of the police killings of Black and Brown people, is not what safety looks like.

This response by the University is dangerous, and so clearly serves the University’s capital and strategic interests at the direct cost of the safety and lives of Black and Brown people, particularly non-students, targeting areas where low-income Black people live and spend their time, and the protection of the University's property investments with increased presence on Harper Court and 53rd Street. Let's be clear: these changes are not about safety; they are about control.

It seems likely and strategic that President Zimmer wrote this email over the summer, and released it ten minutes before the announcement of the Obama Presidential Library, so as to minimize discussion and retaliation. In fact, his email is only one instance in a pattern of the University administration's hypocritical behavior; while they claim a commitment to robust free speech and debate, they consistently sweep the most important and controversial issues facing students, our community, and the country, under the rug. This is a pattern that must be exposed. President Zimmer's email in full is displayed below.

I, and other members of the Campaign for Equitable Policing, will be working with stakeholders to build out effective next steps to fight many of these changes — as well as to address the root causes of violence and crime in our neighborhoods, now and into the summer and fall. If you would like to be kept informed about these efforts, or if you would like to be involved, let us know either by replying to this thread or contacting

Thank you,

Campaign for Equitable Policing

Chicago Student Action


March 25 2016, UCPD announced it will begin having officers wear and training officers in audio and visual body cameras. See article in March 25 Herald Digest.

1. December 30, 2015 the Herald reported that police body cameras will be extended by Chicago Police to the 2nd (Wentworth) District. The program is being studied as implemented by UIC Center for Research in Law and Justice.
Separately, Mayor Emanuel was announcing review and changes to nuanced crisis engagement policy and training for it, including but not restricted to de-esculation first, especially when mental or emotional issues are known or suspected (and how todetect that), and availability (doubling to at least 1 per squad car) and use of tasers. Also a 30 day rather than 72 hour cool down of training and evaluation for officers involved in shooting. More changes are expected in the short run as both the Department of Justice and Independent Review Board undertake a lengthy investigation and evaluation.

HPKCC board received a progress and scope report in August 2015 from Gabriel Piemonte on the youth videotaping and narative project. The first iteration should be online by the end of September. Screenings and discussions are under consideration.

There seems to be confusion about the proposed advisory councill. Negotiations between UC, community committees and the alderman were continuing with optimism as of May 7. That week's herald carried a scathing criticism by Janie Kalven, involved in the negotiations, of the transparency bill in Springfield.

At the end of April 2015 the Illinois House unanimously passed a (modified or watered down) version of the bill introduced by Rep. Currie, HB3932. Senate passage seemed certain. The bill no longer requires dislosure "in the same manner and according tot he same schedules as" govermental police and exempts certain information of a personal nature. Critics at a rally that followed passage and at a conference at the Law School said the disclosures required by the law (which the University says will go beyond what the law requires) do not go far enough, that the review procedure that only comments on "done" decisions is inadquate, and the profiling (which the University vehemently denies), stops and other policies have to be changed, not just be verifiable.

UChicago News posted this on their website

"The University of Chicago Police Department is establishing a community advisory committee to help the department strengthen its relationship with local residents on a range of safety issues..."

April 13 2015 the University released changed policies on transparency and streamlined information online (Safety and Security website). Most will start in June, a few immediately. The information that will be available includes traffic stops and field contacts ("cards") and the full info therein including race and gender, whether there was a search or arrest- and if so the ongoing tracking report and recommendations of the independent review committee and related IDOT and Chicago Police reports. (review and disposition and appeal procedures are not addressed here.) Mr. Douglas and Mr. Lynch hoped this would become a model for all such departments and thanked all those who gave input. The revised website divisions were given.

In March, State Reps Currie and Mitchell introduced legislation requiring UCPD and ayotherprivate univ. police providing a public function to provide information and answer FOIA on the same basis as public police. Negotiations then began. The law was significantly softened and has been strongly criticized, for example by Jamie Kalven.


HPKCC is working with the Hyde Park Herald in an effort to document community experiences with the University of Chicago Police Department (UCPD). The project theme is education and empowerment of community teens:

A videographer will record six in-depth adult interviews with UCPD, state representatives, HPKCC representatives, and other community leaders.
The Herald will choose 20 teens to tell 3-minute accounts of their UCPD experiences, along with videos that educate teens about how to file police conduct reports, how to behave and talk when stopped by police, and how parents can support their teens in making their reports. Teens would do the videography and interviews as a skills-building project.

The resulting videos would be on the Herald's site for educational use by schools, community groups, etc. The HPKCC Whistlestop / Safety Committee, which is issuing the grant to fund this project, feels it is a win-win for the teens, the Conference, the Herald, the UCPD, and the community.

From Maroon article November 21. Hyde Park H.S. students to document racial profiling. By Kelly Zhang. [Editor's comments Gary Ossewaarde]

Students from Hyde Park High School wil share their stories of racial profiling in regard to the police with the help of a grant from the Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference (HPKCC). Stemming from a community forum on the role of the University of Chicago Police Department (UCPD) last month, the students will work with the local newspaper, the Hyde Park Herald to record and compile anecdotes of their experiences.

Gabriel Piemonte, editor of the Herald, came up with the idea for the project and will spearhead the effort. He will work with the Kenwood Academy journalism program to teach 20 students videography and interview skills so they can interview their peers about their experiences with UCPD.

The project is an outgrowth of the ongoing discussion about the role of the UCPD in Hyde Park, especially in off-campus areas. A number of community members believe that many complaints against UCPD are not reported because of the department's current reporting system, where reports are reviewed by a designated UCPD officer*.

[* editor's notes 1. note addition of a separate official now. 2. Knowledgeable persons say many reporting wait long to report and give few specifics or documentation.]

After attending a committee forum on the role of the UCPD a few weeks ago, Piemonte thought that teh discussion lacked stories adn input form students. "No on was speaking who was under 25." "[Piemonte] said we really need to get stories from students who have actually experienced this,"George Rumsey, president of HPKCC said.

The project intends to collect students' experiences with UCPD and show that these incidents of racial profiling are underreported which will hopefully raise community awareness about the issue, particularly as it relates to high school students. it also aims to educate and empower community teenagers and give a voice to their experiences with th UCPD.

"Part of the problem is that many of the community teenagers do not feel comfortable speaking in public about [racial profiling]. They feel that they'll be targeted in the future. They do not want to identify themselves publicly," Rumsey said.

The HPKCC [ed.- technically the WhistleSTOP/safety committee with board approval] awarded a $1,500 grant to the project. $1,000 will go to the student videographers to conduct peer-to-peer interviews. $500 will go to a professional videographer to record interview[s] with UCPD officers, state representative Barbara Flynn Currie, an HPKCC member, and other community leaders who will provide background information for the project.

"[In addition] there will be added sections educating teens about when and how to file police reports, how to behave and talk when stopped by the police, and also educational materials aimed at parents about how to support their kids whenever there needs to be a report," Rumsey said.

Piemonte plans to begin the youth interviews over Thanksgiving break. He hopes to start releasing some interviews on the Hyde Park Herald's website for educational use by schools and community groups by mid-December. The HPKCC also plans to hold a community screening of the film as a fundraising event for the conference once the project is finished. [ed. "as a fundraiser" needs to be confirmed.]


Background and moving forward

October 29 2014, Wednesday, 7 pm. Community Forum. Concerns about the University of Chicago Police Department and Its Relationship with the Community. Moderated by Invisible Institute director and journalist Jamie Kalven. Experimental Station, 6100S. Blackstone.
Getting involved with the task force: "contact" button to communicate or join.

Concerns about the University of Chicago Police Department
and Its Relationship with the Community
Wednesday, October 29, 7:00pm Experimental Station SW Corner Blackstone and 61st Street- enter at the Blackstone Ave. door. Street parking is available.

On Wednesday, October 29, at 7:00pm, the Invisible Institute will host a public forum on the relationship of the University of Chicago Police Department to the communities it serves. Public safety is a concern to all. The Kenwood, Hyde Park, and Woodlawn neighborhoods have the benefit of being policed by the UCPD as well as the Chicago Police Department. As is the case of the CPD, community members have a range of concerns about UCPD policies, transparency, and accountability. The forum, which will be moderated by journalist Jamie Kalven, is an occasion to voice your concerns and to hear those of your neighbors. All are welcome.

The complaints were fast and furious at the well and diversely attended meeting. The action take-away appears to have been to form a smaller group, or committee, to work on articulating next steps, including demands (another says recommendations to UCPD). It seemed that Ald. Hairston charged Jamie Kalven with heading up this process and gave her aldermanic approval. Other attendees have since referenced or are asking for a follow up assembly. Aldermen and reps of Reps Currie and Mitchell (UCPD is under state law) attended. UC PD and other university representatives declined to comment at the meeting.

A TASK FORCE HAS FORMED AND MEETING- contact if interested and for meeting dates, or "contact" at the site below.
ITS WEB-BLOG SITE IS (The Maroon called Nov. 14 for publicly available police records in order to achieve accountability for a private agency doing a critical public function, and that another layer to look at complaints is not enough. Others say accountability and transparency are not enough, that policies and purposes and the interface/interactions by officers need to change.)

Letter of the task force in Hyde Park Herald November 12 2014. Progress on the Policing Front

On Oct. 29, a local cross section of the South Side gathered at the Experimental Station to share their concerns about the policies and practices of the University of Chicago Police.
In light of issues raised at this public forum, Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th), proposed that a committee be formed, under her authority, to research those issues and make recommendations.
The undersigned are members of this committee-in-formation: the Citizens Action Committee for Fair University of Chicago Policing.
The purpose of this statement is to set forth our understanding of the agenda that emerged from the community forum.
There was substantial consensus on two points. First the UCPD is a welcome presence in the communities it covers. Second, there is widespread concern about its lack of transparency and skepticism about its procedures for holding the department and its procedures accountable.
These broad issues of transparency and accountability played through various specific concerns raised by participants in the forum, among them alleged racial profiling of Black youth, gratuitous traffic stops, mishandling of sexual assault cases, and uncivil behavior toward neighborhood residents.
The UCPD as it exists today--a substantial force policing areas far beyond the U. of C. campus--was not foreseen when the university first instituted a security force. Nor was it foreseen when enabling legislation was enacted at state and municipal levels.
The moment is thus at hand to engage some fundamental questions. By deploying its police force across a wide area of South Side, the University of Chicago, a private institution, is performing a critical public function. What forms of transparency flow from this? What forms of accountability?
We will approach these questions both as matters of law and matters of policy. We will also address other issues raised at the forum, such as training and communication with residents.
We intend to report back to the community latter this fall.
If you are interested in joining the Community, go to "Contact" at

Jay Ammerman
Ava Benezra
Emma LaBounty
Timika Hoffman-Zoller
Leroy O'Shield
George Rumsey
Curtise White Scott
Jacks Spicer
Brianna Tong

Meanwhile, the Herald pushed for sunshine-- transparency, reporting of records, and accountability, if necessary by changing state law and city ordinance.

University of Chicago Police sought public input, adopted most standards of the Commission of Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) in 2014. Follows ongoing calls for reform from incidents such as at a January 2013 demonstration and march from the new Hospital pavilion. (UCPD also opened in March 2014 a sub office on 53rd St. near Dorchester. Officers wil not be dispatched from this office). UCPD received full powers in 2013. Whether engaging CALEA was considered in granting these is not known to this website.

The UCPD nevertheless won its 3-year accreditation in July 2014 with highest marks from the Advanced Law Enforcement Accreditation. A group tha opposed the accreditation felt UCPD does not meet standards and could not tell whether real changes had been made because the policy, they say, is not public. In late 2014, UCPD was rated #3 (up form #4 for 2013) among campus-private security forces in the country by Security magazine. .

On November 3, 2014 as reported by DNAinfo (Sam Cholke), the UCPD (Gloria Graham,) and UC (Calmetta Coleman) announced that a new Director of Professional Accountability has been hired and will immediately assume investigations of complaints against officers. This office replaces complaints being taken by uniformed officers and, according to critics who have directly watched the proceedings, often show light questions to officers and hard or skeptical questions to complainants. The new director reports directly to Chief Marlon Lynch. Whether this will make a difference remains to be seen. Critics point to three problems: 1 a private force doing a public function (with little oversight or accountability, 2 transparency particularly about interactions with minorities and youth, stops and dragnets, and the handling of complaints, and 3 alleged profiling -- exact policy and how it is followed in training and in the field.

US Rep. Robin Kelly (2nd) has published a study on gun violence in America-

Police contacts in a nutshell

2nd District Police commander - his responsibility is most of east Hyde Park.

The police commander responsible for the park area just south of 56th Street to 57th Street and beyond is His responsibility includes the Iowa Building,

The individuals responsible for parking enforcement in parks (in the lot at 55th & South Shore Drive and preventing loitering in the Iowa Building) are the chief, and

New alerts and log, crimestopping events (Herald now carries the 21st District blotter) Dec 2

June 18, Sunday. Robberies at 51st and 50th and Blackstone in Kenwood.

June 2. A man walked into a hospital after being shot on Lake Shore Drive late Friday morning, police said. The man was shot in his abdomen in the 5700 block of South Lake Shore Drive at 11:45 a.m. near the Museum of Science and Industry. He walked into Mercy Hospital before being transferred to Stroger Hospital. No one has been arrested.

c May 30, 5 pm. Shooting by 53rd and Cornell.

May 24 early evening. Multiple robberies by one person in a radius of 49th/52nd nd and Greenwood.
Related: UC Security alert reporting a pattern of two robberies that occurred off campus over a short period of time. Subsequently, on May 23, UCPD was notified of a third robbery that occurred in the same general area within an hour of the two previous incidents.
At approximately 7:25 p.m., Monday, May 22 – A University student walking eastbound off campus at approximately 1221 East 54th Street was approached by four unknown suspects who struck him, knocked him to the ground and forcibly took his briefcase before fleeing in an unknown direction. The victim was transported to the hospital by CFD EMS for treatment of his injuries. The Chicago Police Department is investigating this crime.

April 9 at 8:05 pm an 18 yer old male sitting in th backseat of a car driving norhin the 5500 block of S. Hyde Park Blvd. was grzed in the head and sustained a gunshot would to the levt shoulder. He was treated as stable at Stroger Hospital. No one was in custody and police were investigating. .

March 22, 7:23 pm. A 28 year old male in a car in the 1100 block of E. 48th St. was shot multiple times, stabilied at Comer.

March 21. Three afternoon and evening robberies by a pair of persons (male and female), two at gunpoint- East Madison Park, behind the Shoreland, and 51st blockof Kimbark. The first included a pair being let in to a building.

February 20 (and repeated at least tow later occasions- Jewish Community Center, 5200 S. Hyde Park, was among 11 across the country that received bomb threats by phone. No device was found.
Also on repeated occasions placing of antisemitic flyers on campus buildings- a person from a western suburb was arrested and charged.

February 19? A black SUV traveling north from 5100 on Drexel was shot at- a woman was taken to the hospital in serious condition.

January 17, evening-- gunshot firing at 52nd and Blackstone.

December 9, UC alert. At approximately 9:15 p.m., Friday, December 9 – A University Medicine staff member walking on the north side of East 55th Street between Ingleside and Ellis was approached by three unknown suspects who demanded the victim’s property. The victim handed over his book bag to the suspects who then fled in a white SUV. The victim reported no physical injuries. The incident was not immediately reported to the police.

At approximately 10:15 p.m., Friday, December 9 – A University student walking off-campus southbound on South Greenwood between 54th Street and 55th Street was approached by one unknown suspect who demanded the victim’s property. The suspect took the victim’s wallet before entering a waiting white or tan SUV. The victim reported no physical injuries.

At approximately 10:20 p.m., Friday, December 9 – A University student walking off-campus on 54th Street between South University and South Woodlawn was approached by an unknown suspect who demanded his property. The suspect took the victim’s cell phone before entering a white SUV that drove off in an unknown direction. The victim reported no physical injuries.

December 2. At approximately 2:50 p.m. a male sitting (or walking with his girlfriend?)in Cornell Park was shot from behind at c. 15 feet by a man with a ski mask and blue hoodie. At least 6 shots were fired, hitting the man in head and back. The shooter ran off then got into a green chevrolet and sped north. Police said they believed the shooting was targeted.

What this may reveal, according to DNAinfo based on what teh 2nd D commander said at a meeting the Alderman called Dec. 12

HYDE PARK — Wentworth Police District Cmdr. Crystal King-Smith called a Dec. 2 shooting in Cornell Park an execution at a Monday night meeting in Hyde Park.

King-Smith said Monday that police believe the Dec. 2 murder of Curtis Nowells was coordinated and likely prompted by infighting within a group using the park, 5473 S. Cornell Ave., as drop spot for drugs.

“It wasn’t a gang shooting per se in the park,” King-Smith said.

She said he was "executed" and police believe he was set up to be killed in the park by people he knew.

Nowells, 33, was shot at 2:50 p.m. in the park by a man in a ski mask, who walked within 15 feet of Nowells, shooting him in his head with a black handgun and killing him, before running away to a waiting car.

King-Smith said Nowells, who lived in South Shore, had been arrested before. She declined to say specific charges, but said he was arrested for drugs previously and police believe he had been shot before.

Neighbors pressed King-Smith give more attention to the park, which has had problems in the past with drug sales because of discreet access to the pocket park through an alley.
Curtis Nowells, 33, of South Shore was shot and killed at 2:50 p.m. Dec. 2 in Cornell Park.
Curtis Nowells, 33, of South Shore was shot and killed at 2:50 p.m. Dec. 2 in Cornell Park.
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DNAinfo/Sam Cholke

“This should be well known,” said Howard Niden, a resident of the block who’s brought up problems in the park at CAPS meetings.

He asked police to more frequently patrol the area around the park.

King-Smith said the police’s gang and drug saturation team did monitor the park after the shooting and found no other drug activity.

People questioned why drugs were being sold in the park when so few people in Hyde Park buy drugs, something King-Smith disputed.

“You’re just as infiltrated with drugs as Englewood, you just can’t see it because you’re not a part of that world,” King-Smith said.

She said arrests for violent crime in the 5th Ward, which includes Hyde Park south of 53rd Street and South Shore, were static between January and Dec. 12 compared to the same period last year. She said there were the same number of assaults and batteries as last year and arrests for drugs were down to three from eight last year.

King-Smith said burglary trends in the ward are a greater concern, with 95 burglaries this year compared to 53 last year, driven largely by an increase in break-ins in Hyde Park.

November 16-18. At approximately 6:20 p.m., Friday, November 18 – A University student walking on the sidewalk off-campus on 54th Place at South Ellis Avenue was approached by three unknown suspects, one of whom implied a weapon and demanded the victim’s property. The offenders took the victim’s cellphone before fleeing to a waiting white SUV that was last seen going northbound on Ingleside Avenue. The victim reported no physical injuries.

This incident is similar to two robberies that occurred on Wednesday, November 16 at approximately the same time of day. One of the robberies occurred off-campus on Drexel Avenue at 54th Street at approximately 7:00 p.m. and was the subject of a security alert

The second robbery reported on November 16 occurred at approximately 7:00 p.m. off-campus on South Ingleside Avenue between 53rd Street and 54th Street and was reported to Chicago police but not UCPD. In all cases the suspects drove off in a white SUV. Chicago police are investigating.

October 29. On the evening of Saturday, October 29, 2016, the University of Chicago Police Department and the Chicago Police Department responded to numerous calls of disorderly conduct along 53rd Street. Large groups of juveniles were causing disturbances throughout the area and as a result five arrests were made.

The University of Chicago Police Department has received information that there again may be increased activity and disorderly conduct along 53rd Street this evening. The University of Chicago Police and the Chicago Police Department are aware and will have an increased presence in the area throughout the evening.

If you witness any suspicious activity, please report it immediately to the Chicago Police Department (911) or the University of Chicago Police Department at 773.702.8181.

Serious trouble did indeed occur Monday evening. In addition, there was a mugging with injury to a resident parking in his alley south of 55th near Kimbark.

October 24, Monday, a small group of burglars entered or broke into a building at 54th and Woodlawn and proceded to steal, confront a UC student and beat the latter. As one of several incidents (including repeated breakins on Drexel), UC Safety officer Eric Heath issued the following statement:

I am writing to inform the University of Chicago community about a significant increase in the number of off-campus property crimes, specifically residential burglaries, which have been reported to the University of Chicago Police Department (UCPD) and/or the Chicago Police Department (CPD) in 2016 year-to-date. Although most such property crimes would not meet our standard guidelines for issuing timely Security Alerts, the Department of Safety and Security is providing this information, as it could help residents take precautions and work with neighbors and police to reduce such incidents.

The UCPD has seen an overall decrease in violent crime for 2016 year-to date in the UCPD patrol area; however, burglaries are generally not classified as violent crimes. Our crime analysis unit has noted the following information specific to off-campus residential burglaries:

· 60% increase for 2016 when compared to 2015 year-to-date reports.

· The increase pertains mostly to the Hyde Park/South Kenwood neighborhoods within the UCPD patrol area.

· While there does not appear to be an identifiable pattern, most of the incidents occur during the day.

· Almost 50% of the incidents involved no forced entry. In some cases, doors or windows had been left unlocked.

· In several reports, the suspect(s) have gained entry while the victim was at home.

· In at least one report, the suspect(s) tried to force entry knowing the victim was at home.

At approximately 7:30 a.m., Wednesday, October 26 – A person unaffiliated with the University was about to enter his car parked on the north side of 61st Street between South Kenwood Avenue and South Dorchester Avenue when he was approached from the rear by an unknown person who placed an object to his back and demanded his keys. The suspect took the keys and the car and drove westbound on 61st Street. The victim reported no physical injuries. The incident was not immediately reported to the police.

At approximately 6:00 p.m., Saturday, October 22 – Chicago Police and UCPD officers responded off-campus to 54th Street and Maryland Avenue to a shots fired call. Upon arrival they discovered a person unaffiliated with the University suffered gunshot wounds to the buttocks and each leg. The victim had been sitting in his vehicle when two unknown males approached on foot and fired several shots before running northbound on Maryland Avenue. Police later recovered two handguns in the basement of a building in the 5300 block of S. Maryland Avenue. The victim was transported to the hospital by Chicago Fire Department EMS. Chicago Police are investigating this shooting.

At approximately 6:50 p.m., Wednesday, October 12 – A University student walking on the sidewalk off-campus on 50th Street between South Cornell Avenue and South East End Avenue was approached from behind by three or four unknown suspects who pushed the victim to the ground and took his wallet before fleeing in an unknown direction. The victim reported no physical injuries.

At approximately 7:00 p.m., Thursday, October 13 – A University staff member walking on the sidewalk off-campus at 52nd Street and South Kenwood Avenue was approached from behind by three or four unknown suspects who pushed the victim to the ground and took his back pack before fleeing to a waiting dark vehicle that drove northbound on Kenwood Avenue. The victim reported no physical injuries.

Similar October 15 c 9:45 pm on Dorchester south of 50th. Very young. Scared away by various yelling, surprised theperson so could not identify when group fornud by McDonalds. ,


September 20. At approximately 1:40 a.m., Tuesday, September 20 – A University student walking westbound on 58th Street at South Dorchester was approached by an unknown individual riding a bicycle. The suspect displayed a handgun and demanded the victim’s cellphone. The victim refused to hand over the phone and the suspect rode off southbound on Dorchester without taking any property. The victim reported no physical injuries.

cSeptember 17. At least two forced robberies by a group of men, 54th and University and 54th and Woodlawn.

August-September. String of burglaries continues various areas, including Dorchester east, blocks south of 55th. Black young man c 6' skinny and friends. Very boldly enter houses including with residents present, esp where door or window is not well secured.
Also a string of burglaries in the 50th St. East HP area.

September 1. There was an attempt to rob a postal worker behind the HP Shopping Center postal station (Harper Ave.) with a weapon. There was disagreement whether shots were fired. No one was injured, a person intervened and there was some camera surveilance that couaght a picture of a male c 275 pounds with a heavy vbalck beard. . Police were investigating and canvasing the next day.

August 3/4. University Security Alert. At approximately 11:45 p.m., Wednesday, August 3– A University student walking off-campus at 5425 South Blackstone was approached from behind by two unknown suspects, one of whom displayed an object. The suspects took the victim’s cellphone and fled northbound on foot. The victim reported no injuries and declined medical attention.

At approximately 1:24 a.m., Thursday, August 4 – Two University students walking off-campus on 54th Street between Woodlawn and Kimbark were approached by two unknown suspects who exited a vehicle. One suspect displayed an object and demanded the victims’ property. After taking a laptop computer and wallets from the victims, the suspects reentered the vehicle and drove off. The victims reported no injuries.

At approximately 1:40 a.m., Thursday, August 4 – A person not affiliated with the University, walking off-campus at 5201 South Ingleside Avenue was approached by two unknown males, one of whom was armed with a handgun. The suspects struck the victim and took his book bag before reentering the vehicle and driving off. The victim declined medical attention.

In each case the suspects were described as two African American males, 17-20 years-of-age, one wearing a blue jogging suit, the other wearing a green jogging suit. The vehicle used was described as a dark colored sedan, possibly a Chrysler.

August 2- police reported girl found. August 1- A 12 year old girl has been missing since. Last seen around 54th and Ingleside.

July 17? c 1 a.m., two teenage brothers were shot, one of whom died at the scene, from a red car that pulled into an alley in the 4700 block of south Ellis.

Police have arrested and charged a suspect in connection with the drive-by shooting that occurred at 6:15 p.m. on June 19, 2016 at 6147 South Kimbark Avenue. There have been a number of shootings and other crimes in that vicinity.

June 22. At approximately 4:15 p.m., Wednesday, June 22 – A UC Medicine staff member walking off-campus eastbound on East 56th Street at South Kimbark Avenue was approached from behind by two unknown suspects, one of whom was armed with a handgun. The suspects demanded the victim’s property and fled with the victim’s bag eastbound on foot. The victim reported no injuries and declined medical attention.

A domestic homicide-suicide occured in the 1400 block of E. 54th St.

Date? Armed robbery 5470? S. Cornell. And several incidents in alley between HPB and Everett between 53rd and 55th including a carjacking at gunpoint, and continuing in the Drexel Square area.

early June- daytime burglaries in properties 5000 block of Cornell.

At approximately 12:15 a.m., Tuesday, May 31 – A University student walking eastbound on East 56th Street at South University Avenue was approached by three unknown suspects walking in the opposite direction. One of the suspects struck the victim with his fist knocking him to the ground. The suspects took the victim’s backpack and fled eastbound on foot. The victim declined medical attention.
There have also been a number of incidents along 61st, 62nd.

Burglaries. The first took place on April 29, between 9:30 p.m. and 11 p.m., in the 1300 block of East 56th Street. The second case happened on April 30, at approximately 4:20 a.m., in the 5500 block of South Kimbark Avenue.

Since c. April 28. U of C 4th year Medical student Ambrose Monye missing with no information or contact, no cellphone or credit card activity. Call police at once if you haved any information. May 8 a body was pulled from the Lake at 54th St. and has since been identified as Monye. Cause and manner of death will undergo further analysis.

April 24 around noon an assailant on foot fired at least 10 shots into a car in the 6100 block of Harper, hitting the windshield but not the driver, then ran into a nearby apartment complex. The driver was not cooperating.

April 23. In the early morning hours of Saturday, April 23, a University of Chicago (U. of C.) student was held at gunpoint and fondled, according to a security alert from university police. The incident occurred at approximately 4:05 a.m. on South Kenwood Avenue near 58th Street. University police reported that a student was talking with an acquaintance in the vestibule of an off-campus apartment building when the acquaintance displayed a handgun, pushed the student to the floor and fondled her. The suspect fled the scene after hearing the victim scream. While the victim suffered a minor injury to her knee and elbow, she declined medical assistance.

April 23 c. 2 am. A car lost control on Cornell Dr. at 59th and went into Jackson Park lagoon. No injuries.

April 20, at about 6:20 pm. Police are looking for two people responsible for a drive-by shooting that occurred in the 5100 block of South Blackstone Avenue at about 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 20.

According to police, a 24-year-old male and a 21-year-old female were in a parked vehicle when a red minivan with two unknown offenders approached.

The offenders reportedly said, “We caught you slacking,” before firing shots toward the two victims and fleeing the scene.

The victims, neither of whom were struck by gun-fire, pursued the offenders’ vehicle northbound on Blackstone Avenue. The chase ended with a car crash at 49th Street and Blackstone Avenue.

A 29-year-old, male pedestrian was struck by one of the vehicles in the 4900 block of South Blackstone Avenue. He suffered a broken knee and lacerations to the head and was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he is now in stable condition.

No one from the incident is in custody. Area Central Detectives are investigating.

According to a witness, two cars raced down Blackstone Ave between 51st and 49th shooting at each other. As they rounded the curve by the library, a passenger of one of the vehicles was ejected somehow and taken away in an ambulance.

April 11, 2 pm. University of Chicago Police are searching for a man who fired several shots into a car on Monday afternoon.

According to reports from the University of Chicago Police Department, at approximately 2 p.m. Monday, a motorist, not affiliated with the University, told police an unknown suspect approached his vehicle while he was sitting in it and at 52nd Street and Lake Park Avenue near the Metra station and fired several shots at the car.

The gunman then ran north on Harper Avenue, according to university police.

No injuries were reported and the motive for the shooting is unknown, according to university police.

April 2. University security alert:. A University staff member was approached from behind by an unknown suspect armed with a handgun while walking on the sidewalk off-campus at 54th Place and South Dorchester Avenue. The suspect grabbed the victim’s purse pulling her to the ground, but fled to a waiting vehicle when the victim managed to hold onto the purse. The victim reported no injuries. Chicago police are investigating.

March 10. The occupants of a vehicle driving in the 5200 block of South Lake Park Avenue opened fire on a passing car at approximately 3 p.m., Thursday, March 10, according to a Kenwood Academy High School spokeswoman, who did not wish to be named. The spokeswoman said that the school’s in-house police officer was alerted to the incident shortly after it happened and that the school immediately initiated a soft lock-down, in which all students were kept inside for a short period. The Chicago Police Department had no report on the incident. A department spokeswoman said that it was likely because no one was injured in the shooting.

March 2. The "pin ball bandit" hit Fifth/Third branch at 53rd and Dorchester. All of these robberies (and 3 others elsewhere) were by one person, who was turned in by his girlfriend.

February 21. At approximately 1:15 p.m., Sunday, February 21 – Two victims not affiliated with the University driving in a car off campus in the area of 5400 South Harper Avenue suffered gunshot wounds when shots were fired by an unknown suspect from a passing vehicle, described as a green Jeep Cherokee that sped off westbound on East 54th Street. One victim was wounded in the left leg, the second victim suffered a graze wound to the head. The motive for the shooting is unknown and there is no suspect information at this time. The Chicago Police Department is investigating this shooting.

January 13? approx. noon gunfire broke out between youths in the parking lot of Reavis School/Ma Houston Park at apprx. 834 E. 50th St. No injuries were reported.

January 13? Chase Bank branch at Kimbark Plaza was robbed.

January 3 2016, Sunday, 4:45 pm a 14 year old in a car in the 6300 block of S. Stony Island was shot in the head when a car pulled up and someone shot the 14 year old in the head. Victim was taken to University of Chicago Medical Center in critical condition. No further details.

December 24, Thursday, at approximately 4:45 p.m., – A victim not affiliated with the University walking off campus at 53rd Street and Blackstone Avenue was approached by 2 unknown suspects, one of whom was armed with a handgun. The suspects forced the victim to walk with them to a nearby ATM and withdraw $200. One suspect struck the victim with the handgun before fleeing with the cash. The victim refused medical attention. Chicago police are investigating. · If you have any information related to this incident or if you witness any suspicious activity, please report it immediately to the Chicago Police Department (911) or the University of Chicago Police Department – 123 from a University phone or 773-702-8181.

December 15, Tuesday, 9:40 am. A black male in his 30s exposed himself to a girl in the 4700 block of S. Ellis. Offfender was sitting in a black 4-door Pontiac Grand Prix. Contact Area Central Detectives at (312) 747-8380

December 12, Saturday, 9:20 am. A male body aged 20-30 was pulled from the Jackson Park "lagoon" (could be Columbia basin- lookes like be abutment and lower fecnce of Darrow Bridge) near MSI. No further information availbale Sat. aftenoon. Source Tribune online.

December 5, c. 4:30 am. Gunshots reported (not at present confirmed) at 57th near MSI.

EVENTS AND CLASSES AT UC CAMPUS WERE RESUMED TUESDAY DECEMBER 1. The UIC student who issued online threats to kill at U of C. was arrested and released posing no threat. See details and updates in Hot Topics Home- date alerts.

November 7. At approximately 12:10 p.m., Saturday, November 7 – A University student walked into the vestibule of an off-campus apartment building at 5345 S. Harper Avenue and was followed by an unknown suspect who implied a weapon (no weapon was seen). The suspect took the victim’s wallet and fled the building. The victim reported no injuries. The victim was unable to provide a detailed description of the suspect.

October 24, c. 2:45 am. Attermpted carjacking at the BP at 52nd and Lake Park.

October 31 c2:30 am- persons in cars firing at each other 54th and Cornell. Lots of police aciton.

October 25, evening. A car crashed into a parked care near 5031 S. Dorchester. Information not forthcoming.

October 21, 8 pm. Shots fired 51st and Dorchester.

October 17 late n ight- car pulled up and occupant shot pedestdrian in 6100 block of Ellis.

Ongoing- smash and grab attacks on cars near University Medical Center and in Washington Park such as Payne Drive. Also South Shore Drive. And 52nd and Drexel Blvd.

October 15, 5:30 pm. Two customers in Starbucks on 53rd and Lake Park had their cellphones stolen. 2 dark complexed African American males around age 19-20 came up to the victim ands asked for donations for school. for basketball jerseys. They flipped out a piece of paper/flyer and flashed it in front of their face. Then swiped the phone off the table beneath the flyer. CPD took description and searched the area but UCPD would not- said policies have changed.

October 8 or 9. A parolled 22 year old African American carjacker was caught after stealing/attempting to commandeer and drive three cars. He had just been released after two years in Cook County Jail. He is bein held on $500,000 bail.

October 4 morning a buiding in the 5450 block of Cornell was entered and the lobbies mirrors, floors, and elevator were sprayed with green paint bearing the word "raza" ("race" in Spanish) and likely associated with a Chicago Mexican gang, "La Raza." Also hit was the professional building on the northeast corner of Cornell and 53rd St. Other places including in Jackson Park have in the past been so tagged. This gang "marks" where they are selling (or intend to) drugs. So both fast graffiti removal and alerting authorities and aldermen are important. If the spot has poor lighting or is interior (lobby, gangway etc.) with ineffective locks, that should also be attended-- or the locks changed.

(Oct. 1, Ald. Burns' office.) The Chicago Police Department's 2nd District has arrested two major leaders of the gang 46 Terror. The two suspects are linked to homicides, strong arm robberies, and drug dealing. According to CPD, the arrests of these two leaders demonstrate significant progress in the effort to eradicate the gang.

A recent string of car burglaries in the 5400-5500 blocks of S. Shore Drive has residents in the southeast section of Hyde Park on high alert. Since Sept. 11, there have been seven reported incidents of vehicle break-ins spanning these two blocks. The incidents are as follows:

Friday, Sept. 11, 3:15 p.m., theft from vehicle, 5500 block of S. Shore Drive
Saturday, Sept. 12, 9:45 p.m., theft from vehicle, 5400 block of S. Shore Drive
Monday, Sept. 14, 6 a.m., theft from vehicle, 5400 block of S. Shore Drive
Monday, Sept. 14, 5 p.m., theft, from vehicle, 5500 block of S. Shore Drive
Wednesday, Sept. 16, 3 p.m., criminal damage to vehicle, 5400 block of S. Shore Drive
Sunday, Sept. 20, 9:30 p.m., theft from vehicle, 5400 block of S. Shore Drive
Sunday, Sept. 20, 8:30 p.m., criminal damage to vehicle, 5400 block of S. Shore Drive

Mid September police release- 4 robberies. Sep 22, 2015
Hyde Park robberies warrant notice
. Second District police are warning Hyde Park residents to stay vigilant in the wake of three armed robberies that took place over the course of four days recently. According to the police reports, the offenders approached the victims on the street, brandished a handgun and confiscated property. Dates and locations of the incidents are as follows:

11 p.m., Sept. 16, 5200 block of South Hyde Park Boulevard.
10 p.m., Sept. 18, 5400 block of South Dorchester Avenue.
7 p.m., Sept. 19, 1300 block of East 52nd Street.

Police say that there are 2-3 Black, male offenders, all between the ages of 16-20, ranging from 5’08?-5’10? and weighing 150-170 lbs.Police are asking those with information regarding these crimes to contact the Bureau of Detectives- Area Central at (312) 747-8380. ###

September 16. Shots at 51st and Drexel- At 5 pm helicopters were still searching for at least one offender. HP Herald: Over a dozen police cars cordoned off a section of the 5100 block of South Drexel Boulevard on Wednesday afternoon, following a shooting involving two on-duty Cook County Sheriff’s Department deputies. At approximately 3:50 p.m. in the 800 block of East Drexel Square Drive, according to police, two Cook County Sheriff’s Department deputies observed Aaron McNeil, 27, of the 5500 block of South Loomis Boulevard discharge a firearm. Police say that McNeil then pointed the gun in the direction of the officers and fled the scene. Ond deputy fired. No one was injured. McNeil was subsequently taken into custody and charged with the unlawful possession of a firearm, aggravated assault of a peace officer and the aggravated discharge of a firearm. Aaron MNeill, 27 was arrested adn charged with 2 counts of aggrvated discharge of a firearm, unlaful possesson a firearm by a street gang member and unlawful use of a weapon according to Police as relayed by the Chicago Sun-Times.

Police alert on robberies in HP- Aug. 17 5200 blk of University 11:30 pm
Aug. 20 5400 blk of Ingleside 10:30 pm
Sept. 2 1100 blk of E. 54th Pl. 5:45 pm.
A single person is suspected blk male 20-30 5'8 -5'6 c150lbs dark c, dk gray hoodie, threatens women with violence. Call 312 747-8380 w info. A Police Outdoor Roll Call was held Sept. 10.

September 6, 2 am. A woman was shot at a party at 6129 S. Cottage Grove and declared dead at Northwestern Hospital.

August 31. Man killed, 4900 block of Drexel. DNAinfo: A 35-year-old man was fatally shot late Monday in Kenwood, according to police and Cook County Medical Examiner's records. The man was walking in the 4900 block of South Drexel Boulevard at 10 p.m. Monday when shots rang out from a passing SUV, according to Officer Janel Sedevic, Chicago Police spokeswoman. The man was struck in the back and arm, Sedevic said. He was taken in critical condition to Northwestern Memorial Hospital before being pronounced dead, Sedevic said. The man was a documented gang member, police said. Tyris R. Jackson, 35, of the 4900 block of South Drexel Boulevard, died at 9:04 p.m. of multiple gunshot wounds, according to the Medical Examiner's records. (Acording to police there is ongoing fighting and mutual attacks between remote gangs using the northwest edge of HPK for attacks on rivals; there is also local drug and gang activitiy. Attack are often launched via spottings posted on social media.)

August 25. c. 6 pm- 25 year old male Reginald Sanson (a local elementary and Kenwood Academy graduate) driving a silver Volkswagon sedan was shot up to 5 times in upper part of body and killed and at least one pasenger shot seriously by person(s) from another vehicle near Kenwood Community Park and Shoesmith School in vicinity/intersection of 50th and Dorchester to Kenwood. The vehicle came to a halt in the 1300 block of E. 50th St. where the victim was declared dead on the scene. Police said it was likely gang related which now seems to be born out. No description of the assailants or their car was released. A vigil was held Aug. 26 6 pm at the site. Aug. 26 Sun-Times page that has the police activity, and

August 4. There was a stalking and shooting of two persons at 5404 S. Drexel, alleged by neighbors to be a drug-and-gang house, and at an adjacent alley, near Bessie Coleman Park. The two injured hid by nearby buildings and were treated, said to be not cooperating. No suspects in custody.

July 30- 11 am a suspicious package was left near the Obama home. The area of and around E. HP Blvd. was sealed off for about 3 hours and helicopters buzzed until at least after 5. A suspect was in custody. A South Side resident has been charged with a felony after leaving a suspicious backpack one block from President Barack Obama’s home in Hyde Park. [redacted], 20, of the 5500 block of South La Salle Street, is being held by 2nd District police on a $250,000 bond and faces one felony count of disorderly conduct for falsifying a bomb threat.

July 3rd week. Report of attack on a lady with kids in a car and severe attack on car, threats, hate crimes etc. at c 60th and King Dr. at the boundary of West Woodlawn and Englewood. Two youth arrested. Reported by Sam Cholke of DNAinfo to have greatly differing reports and information. Under investigation.

July 14. teen aged man shot sitting in parked car, multiple shots at 51st and Drexel c 7:45 striking shoulder. The victim had no known gang afiliations and is thought to have an object of mistaken identity. Neither victim nor perpetrater were from the area.
Then later shots in a nearby alley. One gang from many blocks away said by police to be involved. Follow up meting were held by Ald. Burns July 21, Ald. Hairston July 22. Louise McCurry of HPKCC Safety writes

Alderman Hairston chaired a community meeting at 6 pm at the Renaissance Center at 52nd and Ellis with 2nd District police and U of C .police .
Much Discussion about shooting details and followup land requests for foot parol (not granted). See DNA info and July 29 Herald for details.

Group Action Plan Chosen
1.Neighbors Call 911 (may call anonymously) and report all criminal behavior or loitering
2. Formation of A community notification network (like U of C has for students) to quickly inform neighbors of neighborhood criminal activity.
3. U of C Police will continue to monitor and respond to all police calls in neighborhood.
4. Loitering in doorways and on street corners will be dealt with by police. call 911.
5. Next Progress meeting on September 2nd at 6 pm at Renaissance Center 5200 Ellis.

The HP Herald,Maroon, and DNA info covered the meeting. Check out their stories.

July robberies alerts from 2nd District. Threat of armed violence. July 3, 9:50 pm 1100 block of E. 554th Place
July 9, 9:53 pm. 5300 block of South Drexel.

May 23, 26. Several robberies espec at 57th and in the 58th block of Harper in the past week- around 10:24 Saturuday 23rd, 9:25 pm. Tuesday *5800 bl). numerous property items taken. Suspects wore black ski mask, black hooded sweat hirts and jeans. UC police are stepping up patrols. Anyone with info should call 312 747-8380.

c. May 23. Male seriously shot at 45th and Drexel

May 8. 18 year old male shot in both legs at 47th St. and Greenwood Ave. In critical condition.

April 30, c 4-5 pm. Attempted purse snatching at 57th and Harper- 4 young men. No evidence of a weapon.

Major shooting Monday April 20 12:30 am. 3 persons, two known by police as gang members, sitting in car in alley behind 5400 block of E. Ellis. .7 shots fired into car. Victmis sought help in 55th Ellis garage, no info on shooter.

March 13 c945 pm. Two armed robberies with threat of physical violence in 5200 blockof S. Kimbark. 2pre-20s black males one with dreadlocks, one with gray hoodie.

March 13. Domestic stabbing- person on the loose. DNAinfo reports-
Police are searching for a man who allegedly stabbed his roommate multiple times early Friday in the Hyde Park neighborhood.
Ross Jacobs, 27, stabbed his roommate about 3 a.m. at their apartment in the 5400 block of South Hyde Park Boulevard, according to a statement from Chicago Police. After the attack, Jacobs fled the scene.
The roommate, also 27, suffered severe injuries, police said.
Jacobs is a 6-foot-2, 190-pound white man, with curly brown hair and goatee, police said. He is known to hang out near the University of Chicago campus and frequents coffee shops around the area. He is wanted for aggravated battery with a knife, according to police.
Anyone with information regarding Jacobs’ whereabouts is asked to call Area Central detectives at (312) 747-8380.
Police earlier said the man was a student at the University of Chicago. Jacobs is not a student at the school.

Ross Jacobs, the suspect wanted for stabbing his roommate on March 13, 2015 in the 5400 block of South Hyde Park Boulevard, has been taken into custody by authorities in Dallas, Texas and is being held without bond for attempted murder.

February 27. Hyde Park Herald has passed along a police alert for 7 burglaries in the neighborhood betweenFeb 17 and March 2. These are actual home invasions, threatening occupants. Along the west edge of HP 52nd to 54th, Cottage to Drexel. Note entries through unsecured windows.

January 20. UC alert. Chicago Police, working in concert with UCPD, have arrested and charged a suspect for a robbery that occurred on 54th Street between Ingleside Avenue and Ellis Avenue on September 7, 2014 and was the subject of a previous security alert - see
The suspect has also been charged with a robbery that occurred on Greenwood Avenue between 54th Street and 55th Street on November 5, 2014 as well as a robbery that occurred on Kimbark Avenue between 53rd Street and 54th Street on November 7, 2014 and were listed on a previous security alert –see
The suspect is in custody and is charged with 9 counts of robbery and is the subject of an ongoing police investigation as to his involvement in similar crimes in the community.

January 15. Police are asking for the public’s help in finding a 93-year-old man missing from the Hyde Park neighborhood on the South Side since Thursday morning. THIS PERSON HAS BEEN FOUND AND IS SAFE WITH HIS FAMILY.

December 24. DNAInfo is reporting that there was an armed robbery last week in the 1700 block of east 54th Street and the day prior another armed robbery in the 1700 block of east 55th Street both incidents happened around 5 PM.
The offenders are described as 14/15 years old and approximately 5'4" tall.

November 17 or 18 a sixth street robbery occurred that police think are by the same person although with assistants. This time a student walking south of 61st St. on one of the north-side streets. All are urged to take care and report suspicious activity at once.

October-November. Chicago Police warn of break in burglaries by an apparent ring. Various locations in HP and north, any time of day or night.

Teen missing since October 31. From Hyde Park Herald. A 16-year-old Hyde Park boy has been missing since Oct. 31, according to the Chicago Police Department. Keenan Mardis, 16, of the 5400 block of South Everett Avenue, is described as 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing 120 pounds, with brown eyes, black hair and a medium complexion.He may be wearing a red jacket, blue jeans and black and blue Jordan gym shoes. He may be carrying a maroon backpack. He has a pierced right ear, a scar under his left eye and a tattoo on his chest.He is known to frequent Elkhart, Ind. Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is asked to call 911 or Area Central Detectives at 312-747-8380.

November 11. UC security alert. 4:10 a.m., Tuesday, November 11 – An unaffiliated victim walking eastbound on 55th Street just east of Cottage Grove Avenue was approached by three suspects who exited an older model tan or beige SUV. The female suspect struck the victim with her fist while the two male suspects went through his pockets taking a cell phone. The suspects reentered the vehicle driving eastbound on 55th Street then southbound on Ellis Avenue. The victim suffered a minor injury and received medical treatment by CFD EMS. The suspects are described as #1 - female, black, light complexion, dreadlocks hair style, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt. #2- male, black 5’11”-6’0”, light complexion, dreadlocks hair style, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt. #3 – male, black, 5’5” – 5’6”, no further description available at this time.

Robberies November 6 being investigated by UC Police and UCPD 54th Greenwood to Blackstone. From HP Herald - Lindsey Welbers.

The University of Chicago Police Department (UCPD) and the Chicago Police Department (CPD) have both issued warnings about armed robberies in Hyde Park.

Chicago Police News Affairs declined to say if the two agencies are investigating connected robberies, but did say they are working in conjunction.

UCPD issued a security alert on Friday warning about a string of four robberies off campus in the area of 54th Street between Greenwood and Blackstone avenues. UCPD Chief of Police Marlon Lynch said patrols in the area have been increased.

At 8:15 a.m. on Friday, a university staff member on Kimbark Avenue between 53rd and 54th streets was approached by a man who displayed a handgun and demanded property. He took the victim’s cell phone and wallet and fled northbound on Kimbark.

The suspect was described as an African American male between 18 and 21 years old, 5 feet 10 or 11 inches tall with a light complexion and a tattoo on his neck.

At 10:30 p.m. On Thursday, Nov. 6, another university faculty member was walking on Blackstone Avenue near 54th Street. This victim was approached by two suspects, one of whom implied he had a weapon but did not show one. They took the victim’s briefcase, laptop, wallet and cell phone and fled southbound on Blackstone Avenue.

At 9:10 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 5, a student walking southbound on Greenwood Avenue between 54th and 55th streets was approached by two suspects, who implied they had a weapon but did not show one. They directed the victim to an alley where they took a cell phone and backpack before fleeing through the alley.

At 12:15 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 31 two students were walking on 54th Street near Woodlawn Avenue when a suspect with a handgun approached them. He took their property before fleeing to a vehicle waiting at Woodlawn Avenue.

No injuries were reported in any cases and all victims declined medical attention.

See next item on robberies along 47th-48th.

From Ald. Will Burns November 3, 2014. We are working closely with the Second District Police and with the University of Chicago Police Department to address the recent rash of armed robberies that have occurred throughout the Kenwood neighborhood.

As of today, similar incidents have been reported at:

In the 4700 block of South Ellis on Oct. 18 about 12:30 p.m.
In the 900 block of East 44th Street on Oct. 20 about 5:33 p.m.
In the 1100 block of East 48th Street on Oct. 27 about 5:10 p.m.
In the 4600 block of South Ellis on Oct. 27 about 5:25 p.m.
In the 4800 block of South Dorchester on Oct. 28 about 5:07 p.m.

In each case, victims have reported being approached by several armed assailants between the ages 12-24.

We ask that in this time of cooperation with our local enforcement that residents in the area remain as vigilant as possible, for your own safety and for the safety of your neighbors. Here are some tips for staying safe:

October 31, police reported that a woman was assaulted in the 57th St. Beach area. Details: The woman, 58, was jogging near corner of 57th Dr. and S. LSD (does not say which side of the Drive or relationship to the beachhouse and underpasses). Approached from behind and pulled to the ground, retrained and assaulted. Attacker medium-complexion black male c23-25 yo, brown eyes and black hair in short twists, 5'11" to 6'1", 150-160 pounds. Wore black-white camouflage zip hoodie and gray jeans, knit hat with strings. Number to call: Area Central Detectives (312) 747-8380.
November 5 the same perpetrator, a 17 year old male, performed another assault at c. 5800 SLSD 12:30 pm. He was apprehended on site, connected with and ID'd with both attacks and charged with 2 counts of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault and one misdemeanor Obstructing Identification. (Note that the age ID was off for the original assault.)

October 15, Hyde Park teenager was jumped from behind and beaten up by 3 older males at c 6 pm at 54th and Blackstone.

September CPD issued a burglary alert for 52nd and 53rd and the 5200-5300 blocks between Greenwood and Ellis Ave. Aug. 25-Sept. 6.

Sept. 16 residential burglary 48th/Dorchester.

September 8, Sunday between 6 and 7 pm 3 incidents by probably the same- two persons committing or attempting robberies at about 54th and Ellis. U of C issued a security alert.

Reportedly a policeman? off duty was robbed and injured at 59th and the Drive about 3 am September 6.

August 25, Monday, c 10:40 pm. At least 10 shots were fired and 4 persons injured in a drive-by shooting from a white car by Pizza Hut at 67th an Stony Island.
About the same day an attempted (and possible real other) kidnapping of a child in Woodlawn.

August 20 9-year-old Antonio Smith was gunned down with multiple shots on 71st Street in Woodlawn/Grand Crossing in Woodlawn on his way to school. He was a regular in programs at Jackson Park.

August 15 UC security alert. At approximately 12:40 a.m., Friday, August 15 – A victim not affiliated with the University jogging southbound on South Maryland Avenue near 59th Street was approached by two unknown suspects. The suspects forcibly took a cell phone from the victim before fleeing on foot westbound on 59th Street. The suspects may have entered a dark blue 4-door Infiniti that drove off at a high rate of speed southbound on Cottage Grove Avenue. The victim was not physically injured and declined medical attention.

Late July Pattern burglaries in the northwest corner-- Ellis, Drexel 5000-5500 S. Tend to be overnight.

Jackson Park Advisory Council held a picnic meeting on park security and safety with 2nd and 3rd District Chicago Police and Chicago Park District Park Police. July 14, Monday, 6:30 pm at the Iowa Building. Updates on improve strategies were given as well as more ideas.

Continue alerts- skip June 22

JUNE 22 Shootings with one death in or near the Iowa shelter 1700 block of 56th St. June 22 c. 7:15 pm.

Security and shootings June 2014
Some robberies have occurred in the 57th LSD (and 55th) underpasses and approach streets/paths 56th and 57th Dr. and at the 57th St. Beach.

The most serious incident was the shooting including one death and one injured in the Iowa building across from Montgomery Place Sunday June 22 early evening. Details below.
Alderman Hairston held a meeting the following day at which strong views were expressed including how well the Iowa building and surrounds was being or could be patrolled and whether it was an attractant. Similar concerns were expressed at the July 14 JPAC meeting and a CAPS beat meeting for the 2nd District July 15.
At the JPAc meeting, at least 4 high level officers from the 3rd District talked and answered numerous questions and the 2nd district commander was able to attend briefly.
Police described strategy and took lots of information about shifting problems in various parts of the park. JPAC safety committee members described how they and others try to keep an eye out, clean up etc. especially in the Iowa building and along 56th Street, but continued to see evidence that people gather there for illicit or quality of life issues. The lights continue to be a headache despite repeated attempts of the Park District to fix them. The Park District has kept the area trimmed of foliage overgrowth behind which offenders can hide. Communication will continue. From the 2nd District beat meeting, issues would be brought directly to the commander's (and 3rd District commander's) attention and the 2nd District commander will come to the next CAPS meeting.

The man killed was a 34- year-old wheelchair-bound person, Ovadiyah Chandler, a resident of Hyde Park, (His brother, 43 was the other person shot) said to live in the 5400 block of Cornell. Both men were documented gang members--but one should be careful of what that meant, given the background of conditions and pressures esp. but not exclusively for African American youth in schools incl. in HPK going way back, and life is hard for such persons, especially if disabled. Ovadiyah at least known to have sold drugs (a complicated question given the justice/penal pipeline and disparities)- and who makes up the market? Not just folks from miles away. He did have friends and is reported by neighbors to have been friendly and served as a safe-passage to schools volunteer, said (according to DNAinfo) to have been rapping a few minutes before the assault. He did sometimes frequent area playgrounds under circumstances that were questioned. Nevertheless, Ovadiah was gunned down in cold blood following an argument in which, according to direct police statement and witnesses, he refused to the person who then shot him to not-testify against him - shot twice in the head at close range in broad daylight Although Police said at Monday's meeting that the the assailant(s) were from well out of the area, this seems hard to mesh with other information. Weeks later no one was in custody.

DNAinfo (Hyde Park-Kenwood, by Sam Cholke- has the most thorough coverage of any media on this and other misuses and criminal activity (and also good things) in Jackson Park, especially at the north stretch from Stony Island east. (There are problems every year, at least in early summer). Most media and the U of C were silent on these shootings except for a short notice on a back page in the Wednesday June 25 issue-- but a e-blast ( was issued on the 25th. .-- SunTimes makes you go online to for a simplified notice.
Minutes of the Alderman's monthly meeting, below, and read as pdf) were disseminated by the East Hyde Park Kenwood Coalition, a watchdog and recommending body of buildings representatives

Alderman Hairston called a meeting quickly for Monday evening at Montgomery Place. Attending were the 3rd police district commander, officers from the 2nd district and University of Chicago Police, and officials from the Chicago Park District. Two rooms were packed, one with remote large screen projection. Police said resources are being augmented in the area, but targeted shootings are hard to prevent. The resources include 2 squad cars (up from one), as many as 14 bike officers, and officers for the underpasses. UCPD has nine bike officers for that are often on the lakefront and a patrol zone east of the train viaducts. Other patrol details were shared.

The most important outcomes/recommendations were to:
1) have the Iowa Building effectively cleared and shut at 9 pm (JPAC would also like to see enforced the frequently-violated requirement that playgrounds are shut at 8 pm and that they be checked)
2) make the PD rule that parks are gun-free special safety zones a city ordinance as for school grounds, doubling the penalty for gun-related felonies in parks. (This would be introduced by Ald. Hairston Wed. June 27 and go to committee- residents will be able to speak at committee hearings, maybe in July)
3) increase proactive patrol and prompt clearance at park closing time and as needed- the alderman will seek also promised sweep of the pay lot on South Shore Drive and police to watch 55th and 56th
4) fix the lighting at the Iowa building etc.
5) examine whether the current cameras in the vicinity are sufficient.

Those at the meeting had many questions and suggestions s and desire that police follow through on past promises and diligence, and encourage people to report and witnesses to cooperate -- while also acknowledging the service we do get and relatively low crime rates in Hyde Park. Police shared personal safety tips.

JPAC officers were assured at a separate meeting that the PD does not and will not issue permits for gatherings in the Iowa building area; if large gatherings, especially with amplified equipment, are encountered, residents should call police and park security.
JPAC will hold a security review and ideas session at its picnic meeting July 14, 6:30 pm at the Iowa Building. One of the foci will be long-term solutions for the many ongoing abuses at the structure (which is historic, and the object is to change behavior and use). The council has been cleaning up the building and kicking out sleepers on a consistent basis-- (and one wonders why, if police are supposedly patrolling, the suspicious occupation and activities are continual).
JPAC is also undertaking an examination and monitoring program for security problems in the entire park. The Park District is likely to make some changes of its own.

From East Hyde Park Kenwood Coalition, 6-25-14 Minutes by David Myles

Alderman Leslie Hairston, 5th Ward Alderman Commander Jim Jones, 3rd District CPD
Alonzo Williams, Lake Front Supervisor, Chgo. Park Dist. Lorenzo Chew, Security Chgo. Park Dist.
Sargent Ware, Chicago Police Dept. 2nd District University of Chicago Police Officer

At least four Coalition members attended including Mary Foote, Vera Wilkinson, Joe Peterson, Jake Young and David Myles in the hospitality room and overflow room where a remote monitor and audio was available to those in this room. Local media was present along with a WGN camera crew.

Alderman Hairston called this emergency community meeting earlier in the day in response to the prior evening’s shooting and murder that occurred Sunday June 21st at approximately 7:15pm in the Park District’s Iowa Building located at 56th and Everett Drive. According to the police, this was a targeted shooting at close range killing a reported gang member and shooting and wounding his relative who survived. A third person was also present in addition to the shooter who fled the scene. No arrests have been made as this incident is being investigated by the CPD detectives. Numerous questions from community residents were asked and answered.

The Chicago Police Department outlined their manpower assigned to the Lakefront which includes 7 – 9 bike patrol officers from 56th South on the Lakefront (3rd Police District); 7 bike patrol officers from 31st – 56th Street (2nd Police District) that work nightly until 2 am. The 2nd District also assigns beat car (Shore Drive area) and two (2) overtime cars (4 officers) that patrol Jackson Harbor and Promontory Point. The police mentioned that social media can quickly organize a “flash mob” and asked residents to immediately call 911 when large numbers of persons converge in any area and the police will respond.

The University of Chicago conducts joint operations (w/CPD) conducting “seat belt checks” in the vicinity of 56 & 57th and Shore Drive and have “blue light” posts (not manned) at the 56 & 57th Street tunnels to the Lakefront. There are 10 U of C bike patrol officers and a beat car assigned to east Hyde Park near the METRA tracks. {After the meeting, I asked the officer what determines where the University creates manned post as witnessed on several street corners. Answer: Post are assigned security personnel only on the campus where data indicates historical hot spots.}

The Chicago Park District stated that groups larger than 50 persons are required to have a Park District Permit to assemble. The District asked for neighbors to call 911 when large numbers of persons converge in a park or when loud music is played and the Police are instructed to request Permits or to disperse the crowd if a Permit(s) isn’t produced. The Park District was asked if the Parks could be closed earlier than 11 pm and the response was “yes”. {Following the meeting, I emailed Alonzo and asked what legally had to happen to close the Lakefront park earlier than 11 pm.}

Alderman Hairston is drafting language for an Ordinance to be introduced to City Council to ban guns in the parks and to designate the parks “Safe Zones” and to tighten the offenses for crimes committed in the parks. She plans on introducing this ordinance at Wednesday’s Council meeting that will go to Committee for Hearings before retuning to the Council for action. If such legislation passes, signs will be posted in the park warning of the Gun Ban and Safe Zones. The Alderman mentioned that surveillance cameras currently exist at the MSI and near the pedestrian tunnels that are being reviewed as part of this criminal investigation. She offered to review these camera angles to see if the Iowa Building is properly included for future surveillance.

Here are some links highlighting the incident:
From DNAinfo Chicago

From HP Herald

Herald online message June 25

Jun 24, 2014
Alderman Leslie Hairston calls for strict gun penalties in parks

Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) addresses crowd during Monday night meeting about last weekend’s shooting in the Iowa Building

Staff Writer

Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) said Monday that she would like to see the same penalties for carrying guns in parks as near schools.

“I think this is something good that can come out of something not so good,” said Hairston, who shared her plan at a meeting yesterday at Montgomery Place, 5550 S. Shore Drive. The meeting was held to discuss a Sunday murder in Jackson Park, in which police said an unknown offender shot two men in the park’s Iowa Building, on the 5600 block of South Everett Avenue.

Hairston said she would seek to extend the current penalties for carrying guns along school “safe passage” routes — a month in jail and up to $5000, for first time offenders — to parks. She plans to introduce an ordinance in City Council Wednesday.

“I’m sure that I will have the backing of my City Council members,” Hairston said. “Because this same meeting could be taking place in Lincoln Park. This same meeting could be taking place in Beverly. It’s just that it’s taking place in Hyde Park right now.”

Updates- JPAC News and Bulletins


July 1 or 2- the second big crash of the summer at 56th and Stony Island, which is a serious hazard stop. From Hyde Park/Kenwood (Sam Cholke)

The same source gives information on the June 30 shooting a couple blocks outside Kenwood- 50th and Evans. A 17 and a 15 year old were shot from a van. 17 year old Michael Patton of suburban Glenwood Heights died. At least 7 shots were fired and at least one other person was shot. Neighbors said te circumstances, in the rainstorm, did not seem innocent.

June 27 evening a 15 year old teen was shot in the back at 49th and Drexel. Police said he was a documented gang person.

June 25? US Supreme Court ruling re: cell phone searches respects personal privacy but puts in question possible police methods of tracking gang and other activity via cell phone monitoring.

Shooting at Ellis and 46th weekend of June 7-8.

Armed robberies by a team of 3. 55th/56th South Shore Dr., Everett, underpasses. June 6, 7. Patrols have been increased.

From the Herald. By LINDSAY WELBERS
Staff Writer

The Chicago Police recently issued a warning about robberies at the north end of Jackson Park.

The robberies occurred in the vicinity of the south 5600 and 5700 blocks between Stony Island Avenue and Everett Drive in June.

In the instances, three offenders approached victims, displayed a handgun and announced a robbery. The three offenders are each described as African American males roughly 5 feet 6 inches tall, 16 to 18 years old and weighing between 150 and 160 pounds. One of the offenders was seen with corn rolls or dreads, dark jeans and a dark long sleeve shirt. The other two offenders are described having dark complexions and fade hairstyles.

Chicago Police Department recommends that people be aware of their surroundings, report suspicious activity immediately, remain calm if confronted by an assailant, remember unique physical characteristics, never pursue an assailant and provide information to the police, dial 911 and remain on the scene when possible.

Memorial Day weekend 2014. Aaron Rushing, a promising guitarist in Kenwood Academy Jazz Band scheduled to take part in a performance at Symphony Center May 30, was shot to death at c. 1100 E. 47th St. No one was in custody as of May 29.
Memorial Day weekend 2014. Aaron Rushing, a promising guitarist in Kenwood Academy Jazz Band scheduled to take part in a performance at Symphony Center May 30, was shot to death at c. 1100 E. 47th St. No one was in custody as of May 29.
Also two shootings. Sat 11:15 pm Dante Williams was shot in his car by someone pulling alongside at 54th and Harper. Teenagers forming disturbances starting with bonfires at the Point and being flushed, Saturday and Sunday Memorial weekend down 53rd and 55th, where they blocked traffic and caused disturbances. Shootings also occurred in Woodlawn.

Curfew Ordinance-Kids younger than 12 will have to be home by 8:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The curfew for 12 to 16-year-olds will remain 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday


   1975 2006
 Murder 11 2
 Agg. crim. sex. assault  51  6
Robbery 546 205 (down 62%
Vehicle Theft 578 245


South East Chicago Commission stats show significant decline in violent crime in H P area.

Based on March 1, 2007 U of C Chronicle, by Sabrina L. Miller

Crime was lower in 2006 than 2005 in 4 of 6 categories, robbery having the lowest since statistics began in 1975. Robberies dropped 29 percent from a spike year, 2005, but more significantly was down 40 percent from 1996. Burglaries were up, but overall property crime down 14 percent for the year. Overall violent crime was down 43 percent from 10 years earlier, 1996. Crime was higher around the U of C campus, resulting in more police patrols, outreach and a study of area lighting. The UC patrol force is 140.

Crime statistics for Hyde Park-South Kenwood

Category   1975 1996 2005 2006 75-06 96-06 05-06
Violent Murder 11 6 4 2 -82 -67 -50
" Agg Crim Sex A 51 29 6 6 -88 -79 0%
" Robbery 546 336 287 205 -62 -39 -29
" Agg Batt Asslt NA 152 100 85 NA -44 -15
" Total NA 523 397 298 NA -43 -25
Sel Prop Burglary 784 457 386 433 -45 -5 +12
" Motor Veh th 578 662 276 245 -58 -63 -11

The Chicago Police Office of Crime Prevention offers seminars around the neighborhoods. One technique is to ask ex-burglars to advise on preventing burglaries. Tips include varying daily routines, going out and returning. Use a layered security system so it takes the burglar too long or noise calls attention. Teach your kids not to tell what you have in your home. Initial your property so you can prove 1) that it's yours, 2) that it was stolen. Keep a full inventory of your property and take out insurance. If you find your home or burglarized go out and call police--don't confuse the issue with your own prints! To get started you must file the report. Then stay with the process despite its frustration--or the perpetrator goes free.