Supt. Garry McCarthy. File.

Police looking for suspect in armed robberies

Police are currently on the lookout for an individual who is suspected of committing two armed robberies on the July 9 in Austin and West Garfield Park.

The first robbery took place at 9:35 p.m. in the 4600 block of West Jackson, while the second robberty took place not long after that at 10:45 p.m in the 4300 block of West Adams, police say. 

The suspect — who authorities describe as a 150-pound African American male, 18 to 25 years old, 5-feet-7 to 6-feet, with a black afro — walks up to victims and displays a handgun before taking their belongings. The first incident involved a woman who was sitting in a parked vehicle on Jackson Blvd. The second incident involved two people who were walking along Adams. 

Police are asking anyone with information to call Area North detectives at (312) 744-8263. 

Man wakes up to realize he had been shot

According to an incident first reported by the Chicago Sun-Times Wire, a 25-year-old man who was shot Sat., July 11, walked into West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park roughly 15 hours later. 

According to the Sun-Times, “He told investigators that he had been intoxicated about 3 a.m. when he was standing ouside in the 1500 block of North Lockwood, police said. He had heard gunfire, but went back inside and fell asleep.”

According to police, the man realized that he was shot when he woke up hours later. He then took himself to the hospital and is reportedly in good condition. 

McCarthy ‘listening tour’ coming to Austin

Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy’s ‘listening tour’ will be coming to an Austin church this week. The top cop will stop by Mars Hill Baptist Church, 5916 W. Lake St., on Wed., July 15, at 6 PM. This is the second-to-last stop on McCarthy’s tour.

Until recently, CPD had kept details of the tour close to the vest, with media outlets such as WBEZ pressuring the department to reveal more information about the project. Here’s an excerpt from a June 10 WBEZ article on the listening tour:

After Detective Servin was found not guilty by a judge in April, anger in Chicago reached a high point. And that’s when McCarthy came out with a plan to repair the relationship between cops and residents: He called it the “CPD Neighborhood Outreach Tour.”

The idea was the department would open up a big public dialogue. McCarthy and police commanders would personally meet with people and really listen.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel threw his support behind the initiative.

“The listening tour, not just by Superintendent McCarthy, it’s also by each of the commanders in the districts, is all a part of effort of building trust and relationships that are essential part of community policing,” Emanuel said.

There were no details about when the tour was starting, no big announcement about how anybody from the neighborhoods could take part. But then, all of a sudden at a Chicago City Club event in May, McCarthy said the listening tour was already underway — and that it was a big hit.

“I’m going out every single day to community meetings, sitting down with small groups of residents without the press, and we have conversations and we listen to people,” McCarthy told a room full of business and civic leaders.