Sunday, July 21, 2013

Illinois: Teens Arrested After Good Samaritan Punched in Face in Chicago

According to The Chicago Tribune, a visiting Florida teen, 15, was punched in the face when she attempted to stop a gang of teens from robbing another tourist, 51, on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile on Friday (July 19).

The teen, a brave 15-year-old girl, witnessed a group of teens robbing a female tourist of her cell phone when she tried to intervene.

The woman, also visiting Chicago to see the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half-Marathon on Sunday, had only been in town for a few hours and was shopping with her family along Michigan Avenue.

At approximately 1900 hours on Friday, in the 700 block of North Michigan Avenue, the woman was grabbed by a group of teens and held down while one of them grabbed her phone.

COMMENT: The young girl saw the mob happening and screamed at the group to “give her back her phone” when the group reportedly charged her and one of their number punched her in the face. The 15-year-old girl suffered bruising and swelling from the incident.

Two 15-year-old girls, a 14-year-old girl, a 13-year-old girl, three 15-year-old boys and a 16-year-old boy were all arrested and charged with robbery.

Our readers, particularly those from abroad, should be cognizant of the fact that teen gangs often operate with impunity in Chicago, which is why all visitors are strongly encouraged to exercise a strong sense of personal security awareness and be observant of those around them that may very well be evaluating them as potential targets. 

According to http://www.neighborhoodscout.com, a rating of 100 is the safest city in the US.  Chicago currently has a rating of only 8, which suggests that visitors and residents alike face a formidable threat of becoming a crime victim in the Windy City.