The white SUV used in the Sunday, May 16, homicide of 13-year-old Eric Crawford was discovered in the vicinity of West 47th Street and South Latrobe Avenue, police said.

Car in Homicide of 13-Year-Old Found; Octogenarians Battle Home Invaders

Published June 25, 2021

Chicago police announced the discovery of the car used in the Sunday, May 16, 2021, homicide of 13-year-old McKinley Park neighborhood resident Eric Crawford at the the Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS) meeting for Beat 912 on Wednesday, June 9.

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"That vehicle was recovered about 24 hours after the incident," District Coordination Officer William Schejbal said during the online meeting. Discovered in the vicintiy of West 47th Street and South Latrobe Avenue, police monitored the white SUV and detained individuals before seizing the vehicle, Schejbal said, "but no arrests had been made."

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Chicago Police Department community policing Officer Jason Sollis said the investigation is ongoing. "There was evidence from POD [Police Observation Device] cameras in the area that's being used to assist," he said.

As reported here in the McKinley Park News, Crawford suffered fatal wounds following shots fired from a white SUV while riding his bike on the sidewalk of the 3700 block of south Wood Street.

Elderly Home Invasion

CAPS Beat 912 BBQ McKinley Park 20210715 posterCAPS Beat 912 invites all community members to the BBQ in McKinley Park from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 14.An 88-year-old retired former police officer and his wife were battered and fought off robbers who invaded their McKinley Park home at 7:50 p.m. on Friday, May 21, in the 1600 block of West 32nd Street. Two men rang the doorbell and asked for access to the back yard for tree trimming, Sollis said, and the octogenarian refused.

"The offenders pushed past the victim, entered the victim's bedroom and attempted to gain access to the victim's jewelry box," Sollis said. "The victim’s wife started striking the offender in the face and neck with a cane, causing the offender to flee the scene."

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Sollis said that police are seeking a white Dodge Ram truck in connection with this crime, and that police have some video evidence. Detectives were also able to pull fingerprints from the jewelry box, he said.

Schejbal said the license plates had been removed from the offenders' truck, which is "a newer model, clean-looking." Any neighbors who spot a vehicle like this should call 911, he said.

35th Street Brothel

Sollis also addressed the status of ongoing complaints regarding prostitution and human trafficking at two properties in the 1700 block of West 35th Street. Engagement and surveillance from specialized police units have resulted in three arrests so far, Sollis said, and social services were provided to human trafficking victims.

Investigations are ongoing, Schejbal said, and more arrests may be coming. "It's still being watched," he said. "It's not about making some arrests, then leaving."

"It's nice to see that there was something done," Sollis said to CAPS beat meeting participants. "Thank you very much for reporting it and having the eyes and ears out there for us."

South Ashland Robberies

Sollis reported four robberies taking place in the McKinley Park neighborhood between the May 12 and June 9 reporting period. Two took place at a package liquor store in the 3100 block of South Ashland Avenue, he said: the first at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 15, when two men exited a black vehicle and entered the store.

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"One offender had a gun," Sollis said. "The other jumped the counter and grabbed the register" before the duo exited the store and fled.

At 5:50 p.m. on Tuesday, May 25, at the same location, an offender attempted to buy liquor, but said he had to get his ID from his car when asked for it, Sollis said. He then re-entered the store with a handgun, took a bottle of liquor and fled, Sollis said.

Around 9 p.m. on Tuesday, June 1, a victim reported that he was robbed behind the Popeye's restaurant in the 3200 block of South Ashland Avenue, Sollis said. Four unknown offenders jumped out of a car, punched and kicked the victim, and took his wallet, Sollis said.

Crime Roundup

Sollis outlined other McKinley Park neighborhood crime reports, including the Thursday, May 13, battery of a CTA bus driver, a co-worker fight on Saturday, May 22, resulting in a stabbing and hospital trip, and a knife-versus-baseball bat fight between two "friends" on Saturday, June 5, in the 3300 block of South Hamilton Avenue.

Sollis also touched on the arrests by a specialized police unit on Thursday, June 3, of Dalequon Moore and Devaughn Jones, who were apprehended at 3459 S. Paulina St. for illegal weapons, armor-piercing bullets and a revoked gun owners ID.

Two burglaries were reported between May 12 and June 9, Sollis said: on Thursday, May 13, in the 3200 block of South Oakley Avenue and on Friday, May 21, in the vicinity of West 37th Street and South Archer Avenue.

South Ashland Avenue South Robinson Street Chicago 20210719A store in the 3200 block of South Ashland Avenue suffered robberies on May 15 and 25.Four motor vehicles were stolen during the reporting period, Sollis said: in the 3300 block of South Justine Street, in the 3800 block of South Hermitage Avenue, in the 1800 block of West 33rd Street and in the 1700 block of West 34th Street.

During the period of May 12 to June 9, police received 1,183 calls for service, fielded 34 reports of shots fired and conducted 11 arrests, Sollis said.

CAPS Beat 912 BBQ

Sollis invited the entire community to the CAPS Beat 912 BBQ, which takes place from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 14, in McKinley Park. In addition to free food and refreshments, music, and games, community policing officers will share neighborhood crime updates at the BBQ.

Sollis also told the community policing group to save the date of Tuesday, August 3, when the 9th District and others will be celebrating at National NIght Out at 2100 China Place, Chicago, in the Chinatown neighborhood.

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