Robbers Targeted iPhone Users in Skokie

A group of teens targeted and assaulted four different people who were using an Apple iPhone over a four day span in Skokie.

Skokie has seen three violent-robberies during a four day span after a group of teens allegedly targeted and robbed people who were using an Apple iPhone during the last week of June. Of the three incidents reported, police have charged three juveniles who allegedly attacked or stole a person's iPhone. 

In one instance, a man talking on his iPhone in the 7800 block of Lamon Avenue was attacked after three black teenagers - described to be about 16 to 18-years-old - broke away from a crowd of about 20 people and punched him in the face on June 24 around 4:30 p.m.

The man fell and lost his phone, police stated. The man managed to escape, however, and fled toward the 4900 block of Hull Street where he told family and friends what happened.

Several people known to the victim called police and left in a vehicle looking for the suspects; they spotted one of them riding a bike near Oakton Street and Skokie Boulevard, police stated.

When the suspect made eye contact with the victim he cut across Skokie Boulevard where he was "almost struck by passing cars," police said. He then rode his bike to a nearby Marathon gas station and fled on foot across all lanes of traffic back toward the CTA Oakton Stop where a foot chase ensued.


When police arrived they saw a Chicago firefighter, two employees from Annie's Pancake House and an elderly man - all unknown to the victim - chasing the suspect.

When questioned by police, the suspect denied being involved in the attack. The juvenile was charged with strong armed robbery, police said.

Rumble in the Bronx

Police responded to a shots fired complaint in the 10000 block of Bronx Avenue on June 26 around 9 p.m. According to the report, a man with his girlfriend was punched in the face after a group of about "10 to 15 black males" cornered them in an alley, according to the police report. The suspects were described as being between 16 to 17 years old.

The couple told police they had left a nearby party prior to being attacked. They added that the group demanded the two hand over their iPhone, purse and any cash, the report stated. When they denied their request, the mob attacked and looted their belongings before fleeing.

When police arrived "a large group [of people] were running in all directions," the police report stated. No arrests have been made.

Group targets another iPhone user

A man waived down police after "five black teens" about 16 years old robbed him near the intersection of Crawford Avenue and Dempster Street on June 23 at 11:50 p.m. According to the report, the man was calling his father for a ride when one of the alleged suspects suddenly ran past him and slapped the phone out of his hand, the report said.

The iPhone landed in the middle of Crawford Avenue and a second suspect allegedly picked it up and fled through a nearby alley with his friends. Soon after, however, police located five teenagers matching the description given by the victim near the 3600 block of Dempster Street. They were then identified by the victim who told police he wanted to press charges.

One suspect, who wasn't wearing any shoes, initially denied taking the man's phone. However, police found a pair of sandals and an iPhone about 10 feet away, the report stated. He would later confess to police that prior to the robbery him and his friends said, "Dude got an iPhone. Let's take it," according to the report.

Another suspect also was identified by the victim as having picked up the iPhone from the middle of Crawford Avenue, the report stated. Both were charged with one count of robbery and were released to family, police said. 


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Scott Holtz July 09, 2012 at 01:08 PM
"He then rode his bike to a nearby Marathon gas station and fled on foot across all lanes of traffic back toward the CTA Oakton Stop where a foot chase ensued." Why not say in the direction of Downtown? He apparently missed the train stop and ran past Annie's. Must we pin everything on the new train stop? I suppose you want us to believe he was going to run up and catch a waiting train and escape? This style of attack isn't that uncommon these days with reports closer and closer to home. Maybe if the media had something better to do with their time and report the kids wouldn't get these ideas and try them in our own backyards.
John Wagner July 09, 2012 at 04:17 PM
Seems to be an affrican American youth problem in Skokie
david July 09, 2012 at 05:03 PM
What do the Skokie Police have to say about this? Clearly these kids were out past curfew. These crimes could have been prevented with some better law enforcement.
J C July 09, 2012 at 06:57 PM
Blame the media, That's a stretch...So what you are suggesting is it's a case of monkey see monkey do? I myself would like to blame the liberals... Perhaps we could blame the victims ? Anyone but the perpetrators..
George Slefo (Editor) July 09, 2012 at 09:43 PM
Just for clarification - all of the incidents took place before curfew. Skokie curfew is midnight on Friday and Saturday. We'll update the story tomorrow morning with the exact times of each incident. Thanks for the comment. Best, George
Bill Compton July 09, 2012 at 11:21 PM
I honestly blame skokie on this ever since they allowed section 8 housing into the city it has seen a rise in murder and crimes coming from low income family
Bill Compton July 09, 2012 at 11:21 PM
I honestly blame skokie on this ever since they allowed section 8 housing into the city it has seen a rise in murder and crimes coming from low income housing
Skokie Mike July 09, 2012 at 11:25 PM
You know, I think the police department we have in Skokie is one of the best. I used to be like you david, but then I got up close with what the department does and Ive seen first hand how fast they respond. Im willing to be your just sitting at your computer saying they are bad when you know you really have no idea how they work or what they do on a day to day basis. go on a ride along. meet with the police chief. Look at crime stats. You have to realize the police cannot be everywhere at all times. The type of crime the author wrote about is a fast hitting crime and the police still managed to round up some suspects. Just my 2 bits.
david July 10, 2012 at 01:16 PM
@ Mike, I'm not down on Skokie PD. They are the best the north side has to offer. There is a major problem with lack of outreach to the community and a standoffish nature that is perpetuated by many officers. I know a few of the officers first hand and have met with many others. One of the problems Skokie has is roving bands of misguided teenagers. As a child growing up in Evanston and Wilmette I can tell you that a group of 10-15 males walking through town would have been scrutinized (black or white). I'm not talking about harassment, I mean getting out of the car, talking to us and seeing how things are going. Through these actions they identify with the teenagers and give positive reinforcement to keep on the up and up. To most kids the SPD are a faceless group of individuals driving around in intimidating black vehicles. I never see them on foot in town, at the farmers market or making any attempt to visit the parks where the kids are playing sports. Hope this clears up my opinion.
Dedicated Parent July 10, 2012 at 05:47 PM
This issue is one that the community must address together! Parents need to step up to monitor their kids to see what they're doing and who they are hanging around with and where. Parents need to impose their own curfews and enforce them. The SPD can't be every place since there are only so many officers on each shift. I do agree that it would be nice to see officers making more of an effort to get to know our youth by stopping at parks and in neighborhoods to introduce themselves. Residents must do their part by being vigilant when they see things taking place that look suspicious and call the SPD. We should all feel safe in our community and we must do a better job at stopping the types of criminal activitiy that we continue to read about in the blotters.
Tired of it all July 10, 2012 at 10:04 PM
I have had it with the political correctness in this town. I don’t blame the police, I don’t blame the liberal media and you can blame the parents all you want but do you really think they care? Getting something for nothing is a way of life for these people. Yes, THESE PEOPLE. The problem is the village allowing assisted living and it is getting to the point where the landlords need to be responsible for this. Our community is at risk because you, the landlord, want the government to fill your vacancy. This is YOUR problem and shame on you for making it OUR problem. I plead the village to get rid of assisted living in our community. I am all for helping the needy but I refuse to help the lazy.
Skokie Mom July 10, 2012 at 11:28 PM
Skokie Mom July 10, 2012 at 11:31 PM
Yeah, because white kids never do anything wrong. I notice the Patch freely uses "black males" --I'll be watching to make sure everyone is identified by race
Skokie Mom July 10, 2012 at 11:38 PM
Can you be more specific---who are "THESE PEOPLE"? By "assisted living" I assume you mean section 8...why do you assume that section 8= lazy?
George Slefo (Editor) July 10, 2012 at 11:52 PM
@ Skokie Mom - First, thank you for the comment. Patch follows AP style when referring to any race. In 2006, AP changed the guidelines to identify African Americans as blacks. Most major media publications follow these guidelines as well. In reference to this story and any story published on Patch, we only report the race of an alleged offender when it is relevant to the story. In this case, there were three crimes with striking similarities – all allegedly targeted iPhone users with several other people – over a four-day span. All of this went into consideration before we decided to identify the race of the alleged suspects. There are many Patch stories where race is left out because it simply isn’t relevant to the article. Our only agenda at Patch is to objectively report and inform the community. If you have any concerns or just want to talk about this more, feel free to reach me via email @ georges@patch.com. Thanks. Best, George
Johnny Q July 11, 2012 at 05:49 AM
Welcome to today's America... "If I had a son he would be like Trayvon"- Sincerely, your President.......................
Tired of it all July 11, 2012 at 01:56 PM
Mom, Statistically, a large number of individuals who get assisted living do so for years and are abusing the system. Section 8 is meant for individuals who are trying to makes ends meet. It is not meant to be a lifestyle. Plus, the cost for my child to eat lunch at school has been bloated due to the large amount of kids on the “free lunch” program. Sure, it is free to them because the rest of the people earning an honest living are required to pay for it so let’s not fool anyone by saying it is free. So now they have free money to help pay for food and shelter and when one can beat up another and take their belongings, like their phone and wallet, where is the incentive to get a job? This type of activity is rewarded obviously because there does not seem to be an end in sight. If you have not noticed, the suspects who run like cowards after committing a crime are generally described as black. Am I prejudice? No, I don’t prejudge anyone. I am simply going off facts and statistics. Am I racist? It is starting to look that way but I was not born or raised this way. Have you seen the report titled “Teens Committed Hate Crime Near Park? Racism is all around us. It is not always the “White Devil”. To answer your question of why do I assume section 8 = lazy. That is an assumption YOU made, not me so what does that make you?
Tired of it all July 11, 2012 at 08:55 PM
Mom, Don't be mad at the media for reporting accurate information. Do you think the police or editors of the the blotter took it upon themselves to add that information without it being reported by the victim?
Adam Turetzky July 11, 2012 at 11:21 PM
I don't have the exact number handy, but I'm sure someone will again come and point out to you, that when asked about who actually are the Skokie section 8 recipients the records show something like 90% of them are retired or disabled white senior citizens over the age of 65. You're listening to too much Rush Limbaugh and Fox news. These hooligans who you're trying so hard not to be racist about are the children of working families from Skokie and Evanston. The problem is they are ignorant to the consequences of getting caught for an assault and theft like this. The system will work. Let a couple of them get caught, and they will, and have them see what happens to them and their peers afterwards and this behavior will stop (what seems like a silly prank of slapping someone and taking their phone, in the eyes of the law, is actually strong-armed robbery and not a petty offense).
Sick of it all July 12, 2012 at 02:10 PM
I do not listen to Rush Limbaugh or Faux News. The “let’s not offend anyone” mentality you have, in a strange way, is a glimmer of hope. All around me I see individuals with entitlement issues and more often than not, it seems that people try to get something for nothing. Common courtesy is gone, people are no longer friendly and as many times as I hold the door open for someone without a simple “Thank You”, I continue to do it for strangers and hope for the best. Maybe one day I won’t be disappointed but as long as people with entitlement issues are running about I don’t think that will happen. So why do people have entitlement issues? My opinion is that the only work they do is working the system, illegally and viciously taking what does not belong to them, and do not have pride of ownership because they don’t EARN what they have. This statement is not race specific so calm down, Skokie Mom. We have become a society of the weak and lazy because it has somehow become accepted behavior. Also, in my opinion, as long as assisted housing and food is an option on a long term basis, pride of ownership will never be obtained. It needs to be said that if people are ignorant to the consequences of getting caught, they would not run like cowards.
Adam Turetzky July 12, 2012 at 04:05 PM
"Me thinks 2" here in America we don't "get people out". We temporarily penalize them.
Adam Turetzky July 12, 2012 at 04:25 PM
If they weren't ignorant of the consequences they wouldn't so casually commit the crime (or maybe I'm wrong and they're willing to accept the terms and do it anyway. Nothing wrong with that. $250 misdemeanor fine for something and you've got $100,000 in a bank account, well you can pretty much break that law over and over again until you're bored. Bankers and brokers do this all the time. If you're going to make 70 million breaking the law or SEC regulations but the fine is only $250,000 and 1 year probation, well, sounds like a pretty easy decision to me!). This "entitlement" you speak of can't be defined by one definition of "earning". Working a system is just as much earning as scrubbing a floor for money. Are you saying adults showing up to grocery stores at lunchtime grazing on free samples and leaving without buying anything aren't earning? Or families grabbing 20 newspapers from the vending machine after putting in the quarter to open it, clipping all of the coupons then sending in different family members to buy the same item 10, 20 times at a discount then turning to eBay and selling the items at full retail isn't earning it? Some people don't call that "entitlement", they call it getting ahead, or being smart. Others call it theft. Penalties make people decide if it's worth it.
Adam Turetzky July 12, 2012 at 04:39 PM
And rewards make those decisions too. If people are happy with lunch being nothing more than free samples or the free samples aren't any betting than buying the food to make them, that behavior won't change. If clipping coupons and hanging out in Walmart parking lots buying lawn chairs and reselling them on eBay is about the same as scrubbing a floor, then that behavior won't change. If going to the unemployment office and filling out the section 8 paperwork and getting what comes from that isn't much less than working 40 hours a week at minimum wage or slightly above, well then, who's going to bother working 40 hours a week when you get about $20 less a month just filling out paperwork once every 30 days. If the rewards for earning were greater people wouldn't settle for what's supposed to be a deterrent.
Sick of it all July 12, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Adam, I will recap what I said in a prior post. There are individules who get assistance with their housing, obviously. The idea of this initally was to help people in need or going through a personal/financial crisis where they can lay their head for a period of time while getting back on track. It was never meant to be a way of life or a permanemt solution yet people milk the system and don’t leave. I also made mention that cost of lunch provided by the school is ridiculosly expense. There are a large number of students on the “Free Lunch” program and since I work, like I have since the time I was 15, I have to pay for thoese free lunches. This thread was started because a group of people stole other people’s property. To sum this up, people who get things at a discount or free for most of their life start to believe they are entitled to it. Why should they have to pay for things now when it has been given to them all this time? Rich kids are exactly the same. What incentive does a trust-fund baby have to earn a living when they will simply be given what they want regardless? The people who are stealing other peoples belongings obviously feel they are entitled to anything they want. It all comes down to entitlement. I keep thinking of scenarios and I cannot come up with a valid argument against that thought. Please tell me if you can because I would love to be proven wrong so I can put some faith back in humanity.
Will Stokes July 13, 2012 at 09:23 PM
Wow -- Skokie is really going to hell in a handbasket! I had no idea it had degenerated to this level -- violent muggings with victims stabbed and mauled -- black teen flash mobs stealing iphones -- black teen hate assault on white couple in park -- daytime shooting in downtown Skokie. Amazing. The only good news is that the civilian collateral damage will be incurred by the very Skokie liberals who brought this all down on themselves. Good luck selling those Skokie homes when the real estate market turns around.
Justa6655321 August 03, 2012 at 06:21 PM
Adam you are incorrect on the 90% being white seniors..... I urge everyone to read this article! http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2008/07/american-murder-mystery/6872/
Justa6655321 August 03, 2012 at 06:25 PM
Entitlements including Section 8 housing are ruining Skokie.
Justa6655321 August 03, 2012 at 06:39 PM


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