CAPS Beat 912 facilitator Glenn Young reminds residents to check the batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors at the beat meeting on Wednesday, October 10.

Attempted Sex Assault, Burglary Spree Among Recent Crimes Highlighted at CAPS Meeting

Published October 16, 2018

Officers from the Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS) program highlighted recent local crime incidents at the October 10 CAPS meeting for Beat 912, including an attempted nighttime sex assault on Western Boulevard and a string of local burglaries and related enforcement action. CAPS Officer Oscar Escalante stayed mum on the details of the attempted September 13 sex assault due to ongoing investigation and victim privacy; public records show the attempted attack took place at 10:30 p.m. in the 3700 block of South Western Boulevard.

Escalante offered more details on the neighborhood's recent burglaries, which targeted a mix of residential and commercial properties. A September 30 burglary at a commercial business in the 3600 block of South Ashland Avenue included theft from an office safe and the disabling and theft of the security camera footage, Escalante said. 

Jessie Catchings mug shot arrest 20181002A Chicago Police Department mug shot shows Jessie Catchings, arrested for suspicion of burglary on Oct. 2.Overnight on September 24, burglars broke into an under-construction restaurant in the 2000 block of West 34th Street and stole the cash register, Escalante said. An October 2 break-in at the Target store on West 33rd Street at Damen Avenue resulted in the capture of an offender attempting to steal clothes and a Nintendo Switch game console; public records note the 2:18 a.m. arrest of Jessie Catchings on the charge of burglary at the Target location.

George Zaragoza mug shot arrest 20180910 2A Chicago Police Department mug shot shows George Zaragoza, arrested on multiple burglary charges on Sept. 10.Escalante thanked the community for their assistance with last month's arrest of an individual suspected of multiple burglaries in the neighborhood, a result of neighbor reports informing a targeted investigation. Public records show George Zaragoza arrested at 9:04 p.m. on September 9 at 3700 S. Paulina St. on multiple counts of residential burglary.

Other burglaries in the past month involved four smaller scale residential break-ins, Escalante said. He reminded CAPS meeting attendees that if burglarized, never disturb a crime scene until police and evidence technicians have a chance to assess and take evidence, such as fingerprints.

Additional recent neighborhood crime included an aggravated battery on October 9 in the 3600 block of South Archer Avenue, Escalante said. He reported that between September 12 and October 10, Beat 912 recorded 1,259 calls for service, with 19 reports of shots fired, 17 arrests and one gun recovery.

The CAPS group for Beat 912 is one of the most well-attended in Chicago, with meetings scheduled every second Wednesday at the St. Maurice Church hall. The next meeting is slated for Wednesday, November 14.

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