Crime

Aaron Hernandez Found Dead Hanging in his Prison Cell

Aaron Hernandez, the former New England Patriots star who was convicted of murder in 2015, killed himself in his prison cell Wednesday morning, officials said. Hernandez, 27, was found hanging in his cell by corrections officers around 3:05 a.m. at the Souza Baranowski Correctional Center, Massachusetts Department of Correction officials said in a statement. He…

South Side Predator Arrested for Rape, Murder of Woman in 2007

A 35-year-old Park Manor man has been charged with sexually assaulting and killing a woman in 2007. Antonio Smith was charged with first-degree murder, two counts of attempted first degree murder and three counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault with a weapon, Chicago Police announced Thursday. Smith was taken into custody about 5:20 p.m. Wednesday…

Gang Member Escapes IDOC Custody, Getaway Car Rams Transport Vehicle

A 24, year, old prison inmate escaped Monday on the Near West Side during an apparently planned getaway. Harron Raggs, 24, broke away from an Illinois Department of Corrections transport vehicle about 12:40 p.m. in the 1100 block of South Oakley Boulevard in the city’s Tri-Taylor neighborhood, authorities said. A short time later, someone in…

Predator Claiming to Be Uber Driver Rapes 2 Women

A man impersonating an Uber driver drove two women to north suburban Skokie and sexually assaulted them in the last month, according to police. Musaab S. Afandi, 33, was charged with three counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault and two counts of aggravated kidnapping, all felonies, according to Skokie police. At 4:38 a.m. on Feb.…

Man Stabbed Sears Auto Center Manager over Delayed Oil Change

A 64-year-old man stabbed the manager of an auto shop Saturday morning in southwest suburban Orland Park because his oil change was delayed, according to police. Longtime customer Luis Barrios went to the Sears Auto Center at 2 Orland Square Dr. about 10:20 am. for his scheduled oil change, according to Orland Park police. Barrios…

Man Charged in Sexual Assault, Kidnapping in Wrigleyville

Chicago Police have made an arrest in the carjacking and assault of a woman in Lakeview earlier this month. The 24 year old victim was in the back yard of an apartment building in the 3700 block of North Fremont when the attacker forced her in to the trunk of her own car and drove…

Suspect Sought in Two Armed Robberies in Burbank

Police in southwest suburban Burbank say a pair of armed robberies this week might have been related. About 1:30 p.m. Monday, a man walked up to a victim in the 8300 block of Mansfield Avenue, pointed a black, semi-automatic handgun at his head and demanded cash, according to Burbank police. A similar robbery happened about…

State Accidently Released Violent Murder Suspect, Manhunt Underway

A manhunt was underway Monday for an accused killer mistakenly released from state custody. Garrett Glover, 29, was set free when he should have been held in custody in lieu of $2 million bond. Now, he is the target of a citywide manhunt as Cook County officials try to figure out how the screw-up happened.…

Facebook Torturers Plead, NOT, Guilty

Four suspects charged with a hate crime in a brutal attack on a mentally disabled teenager that was streamed on Facebook Live pleaded not guilty Friday in a Chicago courtroom. The judge allowed the four defendants to appear in court unshackled and un-cuffed. They have been held in jail on no bond. Tesfaye Cooper, Jordan…

Three Stabbed, Tased and Beaten in Alsip Home Invasion

Four men were charged after they forced their way into a home and attacked the people inside due to a domestic dispute, Alsip police said. Abdullah Alkhatib, 37, of Bridgeview, appeared for a bond hearing on six Class X felony counts of home invasion. The other co-defendants were in court last weekend. The prosecutor said…

Chicago, 50 More Bank Robberies this Year than last Year

Almost 50 more banks were robbed in the Chicago area in 2016 than in the previous year, according to the FBI. In 2016, 193 banks were robbed in the Chicago area; and in 2015, 144 banks were robbed, according to FBI spokesman Garrett Croon. Croon said there is no definitive reason for the increase, though…

FBI, Bank Robberies on Fridays, Fuel Drug, Booze, Gambling Habits

After a drop in 2015, the number of bank robberies in the Chicago area jumped 34 percent in 2016, the FBI said. The most common day to rob a bank? Friday — for quick cash to fuel addictions, the FBI says. “It is FBI Chicago’s opinion that bank robberies occur mostly on Friday so that…

Dumb Gunman Tries to Rob Georgia Gun Shop

Gun store owner shoots at would be robbers, killing one The owner of a Georgia gun shop says he had no choice but to open fire on two armed suspects when they entered his store.

Police say two armed men burst into Jimmy Groover’s Dixie Gun and Pawn store and attempted to hold up the store owner at gunpoint Monday.

What the men weren’t aware of was that Groover was also armed.

In the video, Groover can be seen picking up his gun and opening fire on the men, killing one of the suspects.

The other suspect ran off, and police are still searching for him.

Police say it is unlikely Groover will be charged because he acted in self-defense.

Mother, Newborn Carjacked, Shots Fired at Target in the South Loop

UPDATE An armed carjacking by three black males in a silver BMW just occurred at 1:45 pm Tuesday at the target store at Clark and Roosevelt Rd in the South Loop, The Male that fired the shots was described as a black male wearing a yellow jacket and skull cap. Gunman pulled up to a mother with a newborn in her blue Subaru demanded her vehicle, she frantically pulled her baby and car seat from the car, but then a struggle ensued the man fired a dozen shots and then drove away in her Subaru.

No one was struck by the gunshots the mother was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

In a statement Tuesday night, a Target spokesperson said, “At Target, the safety and security of our guests and team members is a top priority. We are working with law enforcement on this matter.”

The suspects are still at large.

Brinks Armored Car Driver Robbed in Lincoln Park

A Brinks armored car driver was robbed Saturday afternoon at around 1:30 pm at Lasalle and division in the Lincoln Park neighborhood. The suspect a black male robbed a safe bag from the driver when he was exiting from a scheduled pick up. The Suspect took off on foot with the bag and was captured…

Three Gunmen Rob Barbershop Customers in Oak Lawn

Three men robbed customers of a barber shop on Thursday night in southwest suburban Oak Lawn. At 7:38 p.m., three men walked into Sports Cutz at 8834 S. Cicero Ave. and showed handguns, according to a statement from Oak Lawn police. The men demanded cash and cellphones from the customers inside. No one was injured.…

UPDATE: Suspect Accused of Beating, Robbing Elderly Woman in Police Custody

Police arrested a suspect Friday in the beating and robbery of a 94-year-old woman thanks to a reward offered by a local pizza restaurant. Josephine Regnier suffered three broken ribs and a black eye in Wednesday’s attack at her house near 51st Street and Long Avenue on the Southwest Side. The victim’s daughter works part…