Community Update

October 8, 2014


Issue: 324

October 7, 2014


Community Update


In response to the October 1 incidents near the Sauganash Trail, I have been working closely with the Chicago Police Department for additional resources to identify and capture the offender. The Police responded by deploying additional officers, squad cars, and a police helicopter. It was necessary for police to search by air since someone could flee into the forest preserve, nearby woods, or cemetery land and not be easily seen by foot patrols.

The police conducted an extensive investigation, both on foot and by air, for the offender. Please be advised that you may hear both police and news media helicopters overhead while the police continue to conduct their search.

In spite of these incidents, the Sauganash Trail remains an asset for our community. I walk the trail every day.  I am committed to ensuring that the Sauganash Trail remains a safe and enjoyable amenity for the residents of our neighborhood.

Many thanks, to the Chicago Police Department for their attention to this situation. Commander Jose Ramirez and Captain Thomas Karnick of the 17th District have been especially responsive. My staff member, retired Sergeant George McMurray, has been my office's liaison with the police on this issue. I also extend my appreciation to the businesses in the area who shared their surveillance footage with the police. These images allowed the police to issue a composite sketch of the suspect.


* Male, Hispanic or Middle Eastern, between 20 and 30 years of age
* 5'06", 160 to 170 Lbs. black curly hair, olive complexion

* Last seen wearing a grey hooded jacket and grey sweat pants


What You Can Do

* Be aware of this situation and alert your neighbors about the crime.
* If possible, don't walk/jog/bike alone.
* Call 911 to report any suspicious person, vehicle or activity in your neighborhood
* Call 911 and provide a detailed description of the offender including any vehicle description and license plate information.