Skokie Has Second Violent Robbery In 8 Days

There have been two violent robberies in Skokie over the last eight days. In both instances the victim’s were hospitalized; one suffered from a broken jaw the other from slashing wounds.

Skokie’s second violent robbery in eight days shares some striking similarities to its predecessor.

A Skokie woman was hospitalized after stopping by a 7-Eleven store at Main Street and Skokie Boulevard on April 28 around 2 a.m. The victim was heading toward her apartment about two major intersections over, at Church Street and Skokie Boulevard. Halfway home, however, her hair was pulled from behind; a large man held a knife to her throat, the police report stated.

“Give me your wallet. Give me everything,” he said. “Don’t be f****** stupid.”

The woman handed over a Coach wrist wallet that contained several credit cards and $500 in cash. The 38-year-old woman then became “defensive,” and pushed the man away from her, the report said. The suspect was described as a black male, 6-foot-2 and about 220 pounds, police said. He also was wielding what the woman described as “an ice pick with a yellow handle.”

The man retaliated by slashing toward her, cutting both her hands before fleeing southbound through an alley. The woman also ran away, and called her boyfriend in Evanston to take her to the hospital, the police report said.

Similarities to the last crime

Just eights days prior on April 20 around 11:30 p.m., a 54-year-old Skokie resident just one intersection south from the second robbery that occurred at Main Street and Skokie Boulevard.

The 54-year-old man was approached by one man and sucker punched by another, the report said. The attacker hit the 54-year-old’s jaw, knocked him out and took the wallet, which contained $250 in cash, the report stated. The attacker was described as a black male, 6-foot-2 and about 220-pounds.

The description of the man involved in both incidents was similar. In both incidents people were injured. The 54-year-old man suffered a broken jaw and the woman had bleeding hands, according to police reports. 

The incidents occurred along the same major intersection on Skokie Boulevard, with one happening on Main Street and the other on Oakton. The incidents also happened late at night and on the weekend.

In the second incident, the woman told police she walked to 7-Eleven from her apartment near Church Street and Skokie Boulevard to get a sugary snack at about 2 a.m. Despite having the same store a few blocks away from her home, the woman walked more than one mile to Main Street and Skokie Boulevard, according to the police report.

She told police she purchased Reese’s candy and was given $10 in change. On her way back the woman walked through an alley behind a building at 4831 Wright Terrace, the report stated.

That’s when her hair was pulled from behind and a knife placed to her throat. The woman had $500 in cash that her robber ultimately made off with. She told police she called her boyfriend to take her to the hospital and not the police because she "doesn’t trust cops," the report stated.

Hospital employees notified police because the woman told them that she had been mugged, the report said.



Longtime Skokie Resident May 05, 2012 at 01:57 PM
And, why doesn't she trust cops? Did she have $500 in her possession when she left her apartment? Was her craving for candy for sugary "candy" or something perceived as "candy" (use your imagination). We'll probably never know. Aside from all that, the attacker must be stopped. Because of him and people like him, I have no desire to use the new Skokie/Oakton CTA train station, nor do I have a desire to use the new bike/walking path west of Skokie Blvd. You never know where this thug is going to pop out and attack. He obviously lives in the area.
Skokie Mike May 05, 2012 at 04:37 PM
omg really? you just read that whole thing and the first thing that comes to your mind is to criticize "LIKE US ON FACEBOOK?" go work on your nit picking jerk skills you giant ...... (fill in the blank)
Steve Mottel May 05, 2012 at 04:57 PM
Hey George Slefo, Was the attacker white, hispanic, black, asian ? Thanks
George Slefo (Editor) May 05, 2012 at 05:02 PM
The attacker was black, and that information was listed earlier when the story was live. It looks like it may have accidentally been cut during some edits after it posted. Updating now.
Adam Turetzky May 05, 2012 at 05:56 PM
Seymour, the currency here for George is getting people to click this story and click "like" on the Facebook page. There is no other revenue. George's and Skokie Patch's success and continuation depend on those numbers constantly increasing.
Adam Turetzky May 05, 2012 at 06:01 PM
Wow, sounds like this is going to be a tough caper to crack. A one man crime spree occurring in a 1 mile stretch where he's possibly the only person fitting that description. How will this end? I'm going to have to say I'm pretty confident the Skokie Police are going to be able to figure this one out. Bet they could even do it without a $30 million dollar new facility too!
Carmen L Mercado May 05, 2012 at 06:04 PM
First of all we need more Police riding around. Second of all just my age showing. Why was this woman all alone at 2 am out with $500. and a coach purse walking?? My mom always TOLD ME and I told MY KIDS NOTHING GOOD COMES OUT OF BEING OUT AFTER MIDNIGHT!! Now a days 10 PM.
Carmen L Mercado May 05, 2012 at 06:06 PM
I agree with you. We need more security around the CTA stations. Oakton, Howard and Dempster!!
Adam Turetzky May 05, 2012 at 07:32 PM
Hmm, Carmen, I wonder? $250 and $500 specifically. Both weekends. Both victims meeting a man of the same description who robbed them? Could it be that different weight distributions of a white powdery substance cost that much? Could it be that merchants of such items sometimes rob their customers? I don't think we need more police riding around, but it might be helpful for parents to tell their kids DON'T CALL YOUR COKE DEALER AFTER DARK ON WEEKENDS! HE'S OUT OF INVENTORY AND WILL PROBABLY BEAT AND ROB YOU! Of course this is just wild speculation and whimsical advice. I'm not insinuating that's what happened here.
Larry May 05, 2012 at 09:36 PM
I was going to make a joke about it being the victims own fault since everybody knows it's not safe to be out after dark in Skokie anymore. But I guess some folks wouldn't get the joke since evidently some folks really do believe that anyone out after midnight just gets what's coming to them. The man was getting off a bus returning from work. For some folks being out at night isn't a choice exactly, although I suppose they could choose to not earn a living for safety's sake. Still, there's no Thug's Code of Conduct that makes daytime off limits. Skokie Review reported there were TWO young men the larger one punching the victim in the face straight away without offering the option to not be "stupid" by refusing their request for a ... uh, "donation". The neighborhood beside Skokie Blvd between Main and Oakton (K-Town) has by now a good number of residents who fit the descriptions given, so I wouldn't be so confident an arrest will come soon just based on that vague information alone. It is also a mistake to presume it's one man who in the first case just happened to have a side-kick tagging along with him. The crime descriptions aren't alike: Two men vs. One. Punching vs. Slashing. Punching immediately with no provocation vs. Threat first then slashing only after the woman became "defensive". The thug of the second assault isn't necessarily one of the two who committed the first. The police should be looking for 3 thugs unless they'd rather not be thorough.
George Slefo (Editor) May 06, 2012 at 12:14 AM
Hi Larry - First, thank you for the comment. You are absolutely right - there could very well be two different criminals who committed the alleged act. Fortunately, acts like these don't occur often in Skokie. When they do - and when they're so close to each other both in date and proximity - it's important we show those connections to the community. Both victims also gave similar descriptions of the suspect and the violent nature of the incident. Leaving this information out of the story would be a disservice to the readers, as we would be ignoring details important to the story. Also, we first reported the prior robbery, and mentioned correctly that there were two individuals involved in that story. You can read it here: http://patch.com/A-sHpC Thanks again for the input. Best, George
Frank May 06, 2012 at 01:04 AM
Things have really changed in the village during the 10 years it took to build the outrageously too large Oakton CTA station. I think the silly notion that it will bring anything other than crime to "Downtown Skokie" is a joke. With the changing demographic east of the station I think all it will bring is undesirables to the community. Sadly I see only more trouble ahead for the Main and Skokie Blvd area.
concernedteacher May 06, 2012 at 01:58 PM
The violent acts in Skokie are a growing and real concern for the residants who live there. A lot of people work odd hours and have to use pubilc transportation, and should be able to get home safely from work, or take an evening walk, etc. That is why I want to get Fuji Shioura on the idependent ballot for congress. Fuji has lived in Skokie for years, he is a father and husband, and I know he wants to make Skokie a safer place. Please check out his website www.townshipacademy.com
Larmac the Survivor May 06, 2012 at 03:51 PM
Time to escape to Wisconsin! I did 10 years ago.
Lynk8300 May 06, 2012 at 05:39 PM
The police cannot be everywhere at any given time.. They don't get mugged or robbed like an everyday citizen does.. Hmmm perhaps all should read the Laws of the Land that were established back when so the citizens have at least some chance of defending themselves..
Larry May 07, 2012 at 05:45 AM
George: I read it originally in the Review. No reflection on Patch reporting which is, as far as I can tell, as good if not better. Your point of not wanting to alarm is reasonable and echoed in conversations I've had. I just worry less about "torches and pitchforks" crowds gathering in Skokie than that criminals have gained the upper hand. I live and own in K-Town; have seen the changes and been victimized. You? Forgive me for shaking in my boots. Frank: The statistics nationwide are consistant: Crime increases where new public transit stops are created. It's also being largely paid for Federally, meaning by people around the nation who gain nothing by it. We should thank them .. or maybe not.
Lynda Bennett May 07, 2012 at 10:11 PM
Apparently you miss it here? You're reading Skokie news website.
Scott Holtz May 08, 2012 at 01:10 AM
Can you show the data about this claim of increased crime due to the train stop?
Will Stokes May 09, 2012 at 09:15 PM
One can doubt that an urban transit train stop increases crime, but the liberal cliff-dwellers of posh Georgetown in Washington, D.C. - people with names like Harriman and Kennedy and Katherine Graham didn't allow the Washington metrorail to have a station in Georgetown -- despite the fact that it has a university there and a lot of nightlife. Couldn't be that they anticipated problems if the large black populations elsewheree in D.C. had ready access to their neighborhood -- huh?
Will Stokes May 09, 2012 at 09:26 PM
The PC crowd can wallow in denial over the correlation between Skokie's newfound unsafe streets and the profusion of Federal Section 8 low-income voucher renters. But one of the thugs in last summer's spate of racially motivated "flash mob" attacks, was none other than a young Skokie resident who lived in that same Main/Oakton/ Skokie Blvd. corridor : http://tinyurl.com/dyjotuz
Marlena Jayatilake June 15, 2012 at 05:36 PM
Criminals come in all colors and backgrounds, remember that!
Larry June 19, 2012 at 11:15 PM
Sorry Scott, that this is so late. I didn't see your remark until now: http://ti.org/antiplanner/?p=248 >>Light rail is also associated with property crime near rail stations. The chief of police in one of Portland’s suburbs told me that they are very aware that, every time a new light-rail station opens, burgleries, vandalism, and similar crimes increase in that neighborhood.<< http://www.thefreelibrary.com/Rail+transit+and+neighborhood+crime%3a+the+case+of+Atlanta%2c+Georgia.-a0110918147 >>Only four studies provide evidence on whether rail stations increase neighborhood crime, with findings evenly split against and in favor. Block and Block (2000) mapped reported street robberies (actual and attempted) on Chicago's Northeast Side and within the Bronx borough of New York City. For both of these places they found that there was a strong relationship between street robbery and a rapid transit station. The number of robberies tended to peak a few blocks away from the stations. The results obtained from the RE models suggest that rail access does increase crime within those neighborhoods that are both close to poor people and are not high-income. << The first example is anecdotal - except for whatever stats it references that I couldn't access. The second is quite 'scientific' - overly one might say. It tells that it is a hard thing to analyze, which may explain why hard unbiased data on it are so hard to find.


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