January CAPS Meeting Highlights Neighborhood Crimes and Cooperation

Published January 11, 2018

The January 10 meeting for Beat 912 of the Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS) program presented introductions of new CAPS personnel, as well as a summary of neighborhood crime reports and strategies for neighbors to work together to fight crime.

More details were revealed about the December 13 homicide in the Target store parking lot near West 33rd Street and South Damen Avenue, which resulted in the death of Jermaine Marshall of the 4900 block of South Loomis Street. The shooter, a concealed carry permit holder, was initially detained by the Chicago Police Department, but then released.

Community Officer Jason Sollis, newly assigned to Beat 912 CAPS, outlined the police response to the Target shooting, and a member of the Target store's security team attended the CAPS meeting to detail their response and the steps the store was taking to mitigate future crime in their parking lot. CAPS Beat Facilitator Glenn Young, who was monitoring police radio channels at the time, noted the very fast response of police flooding the neighborhood in response to the shooting and a couple potentially related nearby crime reports.

CAPS officers and Target security stated the location of the incident, which was on the south end of the Target parking lot, nearly adjacent to the Fifth Third Bank building. The shooter had shopped in Target prior to the incident, but then had lingered in the parking lot until meeting with the victim, who arrived in a different car. Officers and Target security conjectured this may have been a prearranged meeting, unrelated to people or crime in the McKinley Park neighborhood.

Officer Sollis detailed other crime incidents since the last CAPS meeting on December 13, in particular an uptick in car thefts that included two carjackings: one at around 8 a.m. on Thursday, December 14, in the 1900 block of West 35th Street, and one early in the morning of Sunday, December 17, in the 2100 block of West 33rd Street. In the former, two Hispanic males accosted an Asian couple. In the latter, the victim's car was stolen while he left it running to make a quick drop-off: Two black males drove up; one jumped into the victim's car and pointed a pistol at the victim, and then both drove off.

Other crime incidents included an additional robbery, three aggravated assaults and three burglaries, which is a minor improvement from the rash of burglaries the neighborhood has suffered recently. Police received a total of 961 calls for service, with 13 reports of shots fired, and they conducted 11 arrests.

Both Young and Chicago Police Department Community Organizer Holger DelCid offered strategies for combating neighborhood crime. In addition to always being aware of one's surroundings, one of the most effective ways to get results from police is to organize phone trees amongst neighbors and have multiple people call regarding any incident. DelCid said he has resources available for any neighbors who wish to start a phone tree on their block, and they can reach him at holger.delcid@chicagopolice.org and (312) 747-3501.

New beat Officers Johnson and Martinez also attended the CAPS meeting to introduce themselves and offer crime-prevention tips, including an entreaty to always call in something you might notice that is suspicious, questionable, or out of place. All CAPS representatives noted the historically strong and active membership for Beat 912 and the important role this has in reducing crime in McKinley Park.

Beat 912 CAPS meets at 7 p.m. on the second Wednesday of every month at St. Maurice Church Hall, 3625 S. Hoyne Ave., Chicago. Its next meeting is slated for February 14, and all community members are invited to attend.

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