Mob Attacks Leave McCarthy With Heater Case

UPDATED 06/08/11 5:04 p.m.

CHICAGO (CBS) — The City Council has approved Garry McCarthy as the new police superintendent, and he already has a heater case on his desk.

As CBS 2’s Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports, after McCarthy’s confirmation hearing, aldermen were talking about the rash of violence perpetrated by teen mobs in the busy and fashionable area just north of downtown.

Mob attacks are growing rampant, particularly in Streeterville, River North and the Gold Coast. In the latest incident Tuesday evening, two men were injured when they were attacked and beaten by as many as 20 teens at Chicago and Wabash avenues.

“They’ve got to get to the bottom of it and stop it, because downtown is the Chicago crown jewel for tourism and for everyone to come down, and (McCarthy) is just as concerned as I am and everyone in the city, this has to be stopped – soon,” said Ald. Ray Suarez (31st). “I think he’s aware of it. We talked off record, of course. I think he knows what he’s got to do.”

Ald. Brendan Reilly, who represents the area where the attacks took place, said he was still looking for answers.

“I’ve spent a lot of time with [McCarthy’s] command team,” Reilly said. “We’re gonna get that plan of attack and when we do it’ll be shared broadly.”

McCarthy, in a joint news conference with Mayor Emanuel afterward, was asked what he thought motivated young people to congregate and attack others.

“How this gets into somebody’s head to do something like this is just beyond me but i don’t know what they’re thinking frankly, but this is criminal behavior and we’re gonna clamp down on that hard,” he said.

McCarthy has said he needs help from the community and from parents

Some alderman are concerned about good kids getting profiled because they are black. The suspects in the attacks have all been African American. McCarthy said that wouldn’t happen.

“We will not in any way, shape or form do racial profiling,” he said. “It’s about behavior. It’s not about the way somebody looks. It’s their behavior.”

In the Tuesday evening incident, one of the victims had reportedly pulled out his wallet to buy a single cigarette from a teen in the mob, when another teen swiped the victim’s wallet and the mob began to run.

It was after the victims had caught up with the group that the mob knocked the pair to the ground and began to beat them.

In the end, the majority of the suspects descended into the Red Line subway at Chicago Avenue and State Street. But three teens were arrested.

The latest attack follows two other high-profile incidents, both on Saturday evening. First, around 8:25 p.m. Saturday when a man was attacked after parking his motor scooter near the Northwestern University campus in Streeterville.

A few minutes after that attack, man riding his bicycle on the lakefront path at 701 N. Lake Shore Dr. was attacked by a group of teenagers, who punched and kicked him.

Three teens – Dvonte Sikes, 17, of the 7500 block of South Normal Avenue; Travolus Pickett, 17, of the 8400 block of South Dorchester avenue; and Derodte Wright, 18, of the 3500 block of South State Street – have been charged as adults with felony robbery and mob action in the Saturday cases.

Two mob violence attacks have also been reported on the city’s Near West Side, in which the victims were both University of Illinois at Chicago students.

A UIC student was robbed by a group of between eight and 15 teens around 11:40 p.m. Saturday in the 1300 block of South Racine Avenue near the old site of the ABLA public housing development, and another student was attacked and robbed of his iPod while riding a No. 12 CTA bus in the 1300 block of West Roosevelt Road.

The mayor said the city’s reputation as a safe place to work and shop downtown is being endangered by the thuggery. Many of the attacks are happening near the biggest tourist and shopping attractions in the city.

Charges against the three teens arrested in the latest incident are pending.

  • FR

    Give undercover cops some ipods, ithis & ithat to act as bait and catch these mobs.

    • Vince

      Then Shoot Them! When They Try To Take It.

  • Paula

    Chicago has more city owned security cameras than most states. Seems like they should be able to ID every single person in the mob.

  • try to find me

    You are right there are more cameras here in chicago than any where and they should be able to get all of those who is in this mob every single one of them should be locked up if paren’t start baging their kids heads in none of this would be happening oh i for got the paren’t go to jail for baging their kids heads in but it’s ok for these kids to go around robbing peple and harming their paren’t wow what a world we live in

    • TOO SAD

      WOW, the way you say it:
      First know how to spell parents, banging and people.

      What a world created by evil itself.

    • joe

      Cameras are not for watching criminals, they’re for our childrens future, so the state can watch them day and night. That should make everyone happy.

  • A Citizen for a Livable Chicago

    This type of crime problem is not new to Chicago. In the past the police have been given the green light and the patterns have stopped and disappeared. In the past 5 years and even longer, City hall has blessed these type of groups starting with the bucket boys. Someone down in City Hall thought they brought culture to the city and the problems started to snow ball. Especially after the Taste of Chicago, 5 years ago when the bucket boys after ripping people off all day and night ended their evening with 3 shot and one dead. Now bring in the homeless beggers, the Con Men and the trinket sellers, your lucky anyone has a wallet. City Hall is to blame. Chicago is waiting on the new Mayor, does he have backbone or is he another Daley. Give the green light to the police and they can get the city back. Check Mate!

  • Leroy Goldberg

    Black women need to keep their legs together and stop giving birth to these future criminals.

    • Leroy Goldberg

      So nice I said it twice.

      • TOO SAD

        WOW, happy now you said it twice? Your legs must be too shut, ain’t getting none? so you blame the black women.

        After all it is not about the criminals.

  • Leroy Goldberg

    @TOO SAD

    English? Please

    • NWA

      C’mon Leroy, you know you would like some chitterlings, red beans rice and greens? Don’t forget about that pan fried cornbread. You know you want some.


    • TOO SAD

      OPPS, its a WHITE WORLD Mrs, LEROY? That’s all you got to say, English is your best guess.

  • FedUpInChicago

    Bottom line: It is the PARENTS RESONSIBILITY FOR THEIR CHILD; however, when the momma is on drugs who allows her children to run wild/selling drugs, who dropped out of school (grammar or high), popping out babies starting at 12 or 13, no job and completely phucking up the neighborhood, while her as*s and her man are getting high, then WHAT ARE WE, THE GOOD CITIZENS OF CHICAGO, SUPPOSED TO DO!?!

    The Conceal and Carry bill was “shot down” (No pun intended) by our state repdummy, Monique Davis and had the nerve to go on WVON on why “SHE” didn’t vote for the bill (her a*ss need to be voted OUT of office).

    I see no other solution than the police going full force on these thugs/gang goons! I can not sit here and type and believe that NO police officer has a solution! LISTEN UP POLICE BRASS: It may not be what these politicians want or like – because THEY are protected by you and bodyguards, but as someone whose safety is important, something else has to be done because this is phucking ridiculous! and phuck the ACLU, the ministers (yes I said it) and anybody else who boo-hoo over these animals! Can’t call this racial because I am a black!

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