Cops Say Boystown Stabbing An Isolated Incident, Victim’s Friend Disagrees

Updated 07/05/11 – 10:11 p.m.

CHICAGO (CBS) — Residents of Lakeview and Boystown have been expressing concerns with what they say is an uptick in violence in the area, but Chicago police said Tuesday night that a weekend attack and stabbing on Halsted Street was an isolated incident.

As CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports, at a Tuesday evening press conference, Town Hall District Police Cmdr. Kathleen Boehmer said police are working several leads in the case. No arrests had been made, however, as of Tuesday night.

Boehmer said police were working on putting more foot, bicycle and tactical officers on the beats in the wake of a brawl and stabbing in Boystown over the weekend.

“The area got some more officers, which allows us to be more creative in how we deploy our officers, because our area deputy chief’s assisting us with the deployments,” Boehmer said.

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She also said police were working on several leads after a fight broke out on the 3300 block of North Halsted Street just before midnight Saturday night, leading to the stabbing of a 25-year-old man. The man was surrounded by a large group of people who kicked and stabbed him.

As CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports, the attack was caught on videotape and Boehmer said that should help police catch the attackers. She said the stabbing was an isolated incident and was not related to two other stabbings in the area last month.

She did, however, acknowledge, a rise in other crimes in the area in recent weeks.

“We’re going to work to make sure that appropriate resources are deployed in the area. We have, in June, had a little uptick in robberies, which we’re addressing by putting the appropriate resources at the appropriate time,” she said. “And we’re also going to receive some additional resources from the deputy chief’s office to make sure that the area continues to be safe and that the public realizes, continues to realize that this is a safe neighborhood.”

But a friend of the victim told CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot that attacks like the one this weekend have been common in the neighborhood.

“Believe it or not, this happens a lot,” John Hickman said of the attack on his friend. “I must say, that this is the first time someone was stabbed, that’s why it caught the news. But the group that you see and how the rowdiness was going on, it’s your standard everyday in Boystown.”


Hickman said his friend is at the center of the attack caught on video. He said that, for the past several months, incidents like this have been happening all the time in the Lakeview neighborhood.

Boehmer flatly denied Hickman’s claim that such attacks are common in the Lakeview community, but police sources had earlier backed up Hickman’s claim, adding that many of the attacks have involved teenaged assailants.

“It’s just like a little gang clique. I mean, everybody’s staying together and they’ve got they’re groups of friends, and that’s pretty much it,” Hickman said.

In a phone interview, the victim said the stabbing happened after an exchange of words between two groups, after a smart allecky comment was made.

“It was just a lot of people in a group kind of egging it on,” Hickman said.

The victim was still recovering at a hospital on Tuesday. He said suffered a collapsed lung as a result of the stabbing. He also has a chest tube.

“This is the first time that I have personally seen blood shed the way it was,” Hickman said.

Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) issued a statment that says in part: “I am extremely concerned about the recent attacks that have taken place in our neighborhood. … Police are working to put more foot, bicycle and tactical officers on the beat.”

In the wake of the stabbing on the Boystown strip of North Halsted Street, large crowds are expected to turn out for a monthly CAPS meeting to discuss public safety concerns.

A monthly CAPS meeting originally scheduled to be held at the Town Hall District police station at 850 W. Addison St. has been moved to the nearby Inter-American Elementary School auditorium at 851 W. Waveland Av., because of larger expected crowds.

Hickman said he has seen a larger police presence in Lakeview. Meantime, Tunney said that Wednesday’s 7 p.m. CAPS meeting, the focus will be ways to combat crime in the community. The Town Hall District police commander will also be at the meeting.

  • dan

    I never knew there were gayng bangers

  • Arjay

    Why isn’t anyone addressing what seems to be mostly “black on white” crime or “everyone against the gays” crime? Oh yeah, we have a new mayor who wants to paint a “pretty picture” of Chicago that doesn’t really exist.

    • commonsense

      Yeah, let’s send out a memo that says don’t come here because there’s a lot of “black on white” crime going on and see where that gets you. I guess you really want this city to turn into Detroit, huh? For what? Because a few incidents where the victim was white and the offender was black? Actually, that wasn’t even the case here as both victim and offender were black. It’s a tough balancing act, it’s not about painting a pretty picture, it’s about not overblowing things. If every city in America called a black on white or white on black incident a racial crime then there would be reports of these crimes every second.

      Anyway, I guess you’re another bitter Chico supporter, right?

  • tom Sharp

    CBS, please send this to Rahm, and Top Cop as well as all the apologists (e.g., Chicago Citizen and Ron) for the liars running this town who continue to claim that “crime is down in Chicago.”

    • Ron

      CBS doesn’t need to send me anything, I keep up with the news in this city like every other concerned citizen should. How exactly does this article prove that crime is going up from last year or previous years? All I know is by this time last year there were well over 200 murders in this city. So far this year, we’ve had 30+ less murders. If that’s not an improvement then I don’t know what is. Yes, I know you’re going to say “what about other crimes?”. Well, according to reports those are down too. Don’t beat me up because I don’t make up the numbers but I do pay attention to them and to what’s happening in my city. Also, I have a feeling that you’re the type of person that even if God himself came down and told you crime was down you’d call him a liar. Maybe you live in Englewood?

  • Zach

    And people wonder why racism persists…what’s the first thing people notice? Black people brawling…pretty hard to fight stereotypes when they’re perceived to be true

  • 60657 Dweller

    “Gayng”. Wow. Obviously stupidity lurks. Just because this unfortunate incident happened in the gay bar district, does NOT mean that the people involved were gay. That is the typical “breeder” mentality to link this to being gay because it just happened in the gay area. The news media did not specify the sexual orientation of the involved persons. Even if they did, is THAT important? What do you call it when it happened on the Northwest side by O’Hare? What do you call it when it happens on the Gold Coast?

    Regardless of where this has happened, it doesn’t make any sense. No one should have to suffer through such an ordeal where it ends up putting a person in the hospital. Typical of people who has no home training. Civility lacks presence everywhere in Chicago.

    Every part of this town should be safe. Every citizen should be able to walk down the street without someone harassing them. Although this is not a utopia nor ever will be, it’s not just up to the Mayor or the CPD to “fix” the situation.
    It is up to the citizens too.

    Mother always said your tongue is a two edged sword. It can work miracles, it can cause disaster. Use the power wisely. But to these individuals they think not. A remark, totally uncalled for, has started a brawl that did not have to happen.

    If crime is down in Chicago, it must be of a small percentage point.
    There’s only one place I can think of where there isn’t much or no crime….
    the Mayor’s neighborhood.

    Paint a pretty picture, but make it a realistic one too.

  • limp

    taht video is about 2 min..where the f#%k cops are ?Dunkin Donuts?but whole story is much longer…Our city become thrash..

  • Hey, Girl!

    Even the gay blacks are violent.

  • Just saying

    Call Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. Could be a race crime. They got involved in the Jena 6 in Louisiana. Six black boys beat up a white boy. More than six black boys beating up another boy. Jesse. Al. Help us. They picking on us because we black.

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