*(CAN THIS GENTLE GIANT BE SAVE?)* Mom turns in son, 15, after seeing photos of attacker in Blue Line sex assault

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Surveillance photos of a male police say is suspected in the robbery and sexual assault of a woman aboard a Blue Line train Monday, April 20, 2015. (Chicago Police Department)

A woman who boarded a CTA train in Oak Park on Monday afternoon was brutally beaten and sexually assaulted by a 15-year-old boy, Cook County prosecutors said Thursday.

The entire incident on the eastbound Blue Line train was captured on CTA video that clearly showed middle school student DeShawn Isabelle’s face, prosecutors said.

Isabelle’s mother recognized him from surveillance photos released publicly by the CTA after the attack, confronted her son and then took him to authorities Wednesday morning, according to Assistant State’s Attorney Joe DiBella.

The woman, 41, suffered a concussion and cuts and bruises all over her body as Isabelle repeatedly struck her in an otherwise empty “L” car, DiBella said. He also stole $2,000 in cash she planned to wire back to her family in Southeast Asia, he said.

Isabelle, who was charged as an adult, used the money to buy clothes and junk food and pay for graduation expenses, DiBella said.

Judge James Brown ordered him held on $1 million bail on felony charges of aggravated sexual assault and robbery.

The woman boarded the train at the Oak Park station at 3:10 p.m. Monday, entering a car containing only Isabelle, who boarded the train in Forest Park, according to DiBella.

Isabelle walked up from behind the woman and began punching her in the head, DiBella said. He grabbed her by the hair and pulled her to the floor, where she crouched in a fetal position in an effort to protect herself as Isabelle pummeled her with punches to her face and head, according to the prosecutor.

The teen groped the woman, sexually assaulted her and then sat on her head and continued beating her, he said.

When the train stopped at the next station, Isabelle held the woman down to keep her from getting up, DiBella said. No one boarded the car.

Isabelle continued to punch, kick and stomped on the woman as she lay face down, demanding money from her, DiBella said. He then took the $2,000 from her purse and stole her iPhone.

Once Isabelle exited the train at the Cicero stop, the woman pulled an emergency button on the train, DiBella said.

After his mother turned him in to authorities, Isabelle confessed to beating the woman, sexually assaulting and robbing her, DiBella said.

Police recovered the victim’s phone after Isabelle told them where he discarded it. A search of his home also found the jacket Isabelle was captured on video wearing at the time of the attack, DiBella said.

Following the bond hearing at the Leighton Criminal Court Building, Isabelle’s mother declined to comment but later began shouting at DiBella as he read the prosecution’s version of the case in front of TV news cameras.

Officers arrest a suspect in connection with the CTA Blue Line assault on Wednesday afternoon, April 22, 2015. (WGN TV)

“Don’t talk that (expletive) about my child,” she said, before being told to leave by a sheriff’s deputy. “Quit talking all of that (expletive) on the (expletive) news.”

*(ANOTHER DAY IN CHICAGO, ANOTHER GENTLE GIANT IN ACTION)* Surveillance photos released of suspect in sex assault, robbery on Blue Line train

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Chicago police are searching for a man accused of sexually assaulting a woman on a CTA Blue Line train April 20, 2015, shortly after 3 p.m. (WGN TV)

By Rosemary Regina Sobol and Tony Briscoe

Chicago Tribune

Police seeking information about suspect in rape, robbery aboard Blue Line train.

Police have released surveillance photos of a man they say sexually assaulted and robbed a woman on a Blue Line train between the Cicero and Oak Park stops.

The 41-year-old woman boarded an eastbound Forest Park branch train at the Oak Park Avenue station about 3:10 p.m. Monday, police said in an alert. “Shortly thereafter,’’ she was attacked by a man who knocked her to the floor and sexually assaulted her, police said.

No other passengers were in the car at the time, police said.

The man took the woman’s iPhone and cash and fled the train two stops later at the Cicero Avenue station and boarded a westbound train to the Austin Boulevard stop, where he exited, the alert said.

The man is described as black, wearing a gray and blue Columbia jacket, blue jeans and gym shoes with green laces, the alert said.

“We are working closely with the police and assisting in any way possible,’’ CTA spokeswoman Catherine Hosinski said.

Anyone with information can call police at 312-744-8261. Anonymous tips can be submitted to tipsoft.com.

Safe Passage worker attacked by gang member outside N. Side school *(No, not a GENTLE GIANT. This time a Dream Act student, yes one of Obama’s new voters.)*

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Cook County prosecutors say a gang member repeatedly stabbed a Safe Passage worker with a box cutter while he was on-duty outside a North Side school.

Mauricio Aguilar-Sanchez and another man approached the victim on March 24 as he worked outside Amundsen High School, 5159 North Damen Avenue, prosecutors said.

The three argued and at some point, 23-year-old Aguilar-Sanchez allegedly took out a box cutter and began cutting the Safe Passage worker’s hand before fleeing with his cohort.

The victim had to have 18 stitches as a result of the attack, prosecutors said.

He can no longer feel anything in his left thumb, and only has partial feeling remaining in his left pointer finger, prosecutors said.

Aguilar-Sanchez was arrested on Friday and was later identified by the victim, prosecutors said.

On Saturday, Aguilar-Sanchez, of the 6500 block of North Claremont, was ordered held in lieu of $90,000 bail on aggravated battery charges.

Aguilar-Sanchez is a self-admitted gang member, according to a police report.

*(BLACKS LIVES DON’T MATTER IN CHICAGO. WHERE IS AL SHARPTON?)* 2 killed, 12 wounded in separate shootings across Chicago

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By Peter Nickeas, Quinn Ford and Alexandra Chachkevitch

Chicago Tribune

Two people were killed, including a 16-year-old boy, and at least 12 others were injured in shootings across the city since Wednesday afternoon.

The 16-year-old was killed in the Marquette Park neighborhood. Someone shot him in the 3000 block of West 71st Street about 6:25 p.m., said Officer Bari Lemmon, a Chicago police spokeswoman. Witnesses reported seeing the boy run into a backyard on the block and collapse. Officers found the boy with a gunshot wound to his shoulder, police said.

The teen was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he was later pronounced dead, Lemmon said. He was one of five people shot before sunrise Thursday morning, police said.

Family, friends grieve man shot to death in West Englewood

Early Thursday morning, a man was killed just outside his mother’s West Englewood home, one of five people shot in the city’s Englewood Police District over a 5 hour period between about 11 p.m. and 4 a.m. He was one of 3 people killed and 6 others wounded in the Englewood police district since Monday afternoon.

About 2:05 a.m. Thursday, the 36-year-old was standing outside in the 2100 block of West 72nd Place when he got into an argument with another man who then pulled out a gun and opened fire, police said. The man was shot repeatedly and died on the scene. The gunman fled in a white sedan, and as of early Thursday and no one was in custody in the shooting.

The first shooting Wednesday afternoon happened near Homan Avenue and Lexington Street about 1:40 p.m. Police said the 21-year-old man shot was dropped off in critical condition at Mount Sinai Hospital with a gunshot wound to the torso that he suffered near that intersection.

A neighbor, who asked not to be identified, said a black Dodge Durango pulled alongside a gold minivan as the two vehicles were heading west on Lexington.

Someone in the Durango fired five shots at the minivan near Lexington and Homan, leaving shattered tinted glass in the street. Police laid a cone in the center of the glass and hung tape around the intersection.

Students in shorts and gray polo shirts walked home from school past the scene. A woman walked her three children past as the youngest child held an ice cream cone dripping vanilla ice cream on his hand and smeared across his face.

A single police SUV stood watch at the scene.

But the shooting left its mark on the neighborhood.

“Ain’t even hot out yet,” 27-year-old Charles Sanders mused to no one in particular as he crossed Homan. “It’s just the beginning. Every time it gets hot though. It’s a damn shame.”

Fatal shooting in Marquette Park.

A student wearing a maroon shirt and carrying an oversize blue Nike backpack approached the crime scene and waved for an officer to see if he could walk through the scene to get home.

A police officer clenched his mouth into a half-frown before waving the boy through.

Later, students walked up to the crime scene and paused, unsure of whether they could duck under tape to get from Lexington to Homan.

They, too, were waved through by a detective, who chatted with them as they crossed.

“Most of the time, if you ask nicely, you’ll get what you want,” he told them.

An evidence technician took photos of the intersection and the broken glass and left after 10 minutes, allowing the officers to cut the tape and remove it.

In non-fatal shootings, a man was critically wounded about 6:20 a.m. in the South Shore neighborhood. Officers found a man who had been shot in the face in the 7100 block of South Cyril Court, police said. The man was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in critical condition. Police could not immediately identify the man, so they could not provide his age. Other details surrounding the shooting were also not available.

Just before 4 a.m., two other men were shot in the 6600 block of South Union Avenue in Englewood. The men were driving in a vehicle on the block when someone inside a dark-colored SUV pulled alongside them and opened fire, police said. A 31-year-old man was shot in the lower back, and a 35-year-old man was shot in the chest. Both were taken to Stroger Hospital where conditions were stabilized, authorities said.

About 2:30 a.m., a 24-year-old man was shot in the 4600 block of South Lake Park Avenue in the Kenwood neighborhood. The man was shot in the torso and taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital where his condition stabilized, police said. Further details were not immediately available.

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Hours earlier, a 22-year-old man was shot in Brighton Park. The man was riding a motorcycle through an alleyway in the 4500 block of South Troy Street when he was shot in the leg, police said. The man was taken to Mount Sinai Medical Center in good condition.

Minutes later, a 21-year-old man was wounded during a driveby shooting in Englewood. The man was in the 500 block of West 61st Street about 11:45 p.m. when someone inside a passing black SUV fired shots, hitting the man in the right side of his body, police said. The man ran to a nearby porch and collapsed. Police found the man on the porch and transported him to John H. Stroger Hospital where his condition was stabilized.

About 11:05 p.m., a 23-year-old man was shot in the 6500 block of South Laflin Street. The man was standing on the front porch of a home on the block when someone approached on foot and opened fire, hitting the man in his leg and arm, police said. The man was taken to John H. Stroger Hospital where his condition stabilized.

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About 9:30 p.m., a 17-year-old boy was wounded in a driveby shooting in the Washington Heights neighborhood. The teen was standing on the sidewalk in the 9900 block of South Peoria Street when a gunman inside a light-colored vehicle fired shots. The teen was shot in his foot, and a friend drove him to Roseland Hospital where his condition stabilized, police said.

A 29-year-old man suffered gunshot wounds to his leg, arm and buttocks about 5:40 p.m. in the 300 block of West 95th Street in the Princeton Park neighborhood on the Far South Side, police said. He was taken to an area hospital in serious condition, according to police.

About 5:10 p.m., a 21-year-old man was shot in the 3800 block of West Roosevelt Road, police said. He was shot in the lip and taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in serious condition.

Ten minutes earlier, a 23-year-old man was shot in the 5900 block of North Sheridan Road in the Edgewater Beach neighborhood. He was hit in the left arm and left thigh and taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in serious condition, police said.

20 People Have Been Shot In Chicago Over The Past 24 Hours *(THOSE GENTLE GIANTS ARE AT IT AGAIN IN CHICAGO)*

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Five people were killed and at least 15 other people were wounded since early Sunday afternoon during separate shootings across the city, authorities said.

In the latest shooting, two men were killed and one was injured around 3:10 a.m. Monday following a fight in a club in the 2200 block of North Ashland Avenue in the Bucktown neighborhood on the North Side, said Officer Hector Alfaro, a Chicago Police Department spokesman.

Elijah Moore, 41, was shot in the chest and Deonte Jackson, 34, suffered multiple gunshot wounds. Both were pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

A 26-year-old man was shot in the wrist and taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where his condition stabilized, authorities said.

Two men were shot dead about 4:30 p.m. Sunday in the 5800 block of West North Avenue in the North Austin neighborhood on the West Side , said Officer Veejay Zala, a police spokesman.

The two were inside a vehicle traveling east on North Avenue when another car pulled up and an occupant fired shots, hitting the men, said Zala.

The vehicle they were in then crashed into a parked car, and the two were declared dead on the scene, according to Zala, who said no arrests have been made. A motive was not clear Sunday night.

According to the Cook County medical examiner’s office, the two men are Andre Chatman, 23, and Carey Hollis, 28. Both live in the 1000 block of North Mayfield Avenue.

Earlier, a 16-year-old boy died after being shot in the head around 12:52 p.m. Sunday in the 5800 block of West Patterson Avenue in the Portage Park neighborhood on the Northwest Side, Alfaro said.

The boy was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in critical condition, Alfaro said. The boy, identified by the medical examiner’s office as Giovanni Matos of the 500 block of West Henderson Street, was later pronounced dead at 4:39 p.m.

The Patterson shooting appears to have been a drive-by, police said.


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Durbin is also supporting Schumer and won’t seek the top spot


Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) caused a political earthquake on Friday by announcing he won’t seek reelection in 2016, opening up the coveted perch of Democratic leader that he has held since 2005.

Before the jockeying could begin to succeed the mild-mannered political brawler as the chief caucus leader, Reid endorsed New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, the third-ranking Democrat, within hours of his announcement.

“I think Schumer should be able to succeed me,” Reid told the Washington Post, predicting that Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin, the No. 2 Democrat, would stand down. Reid said he spoke to Durbin by phone before the interview.

Indeed, it turns out Durbin is also supporting Schumer and won’t seek the top spot.

“Senator Durbin told Senator Schumer late last night that he wasn’t running for Leader, and that Schumer has his support,” a Durbin spokesman told TPM. “Durbin intends to run again for Whip and has Senator Reid’s support. He’s been speaking with senators this morning.”

Schumer would have been the clear favorite to win a race, multiple Democratic sources said.

“Schumer is clearly the frontrunner,” said one Democratic Senate aide, who is unaffiliated with each of the three senators. “He’s just positioned himself that way both publicly and privately. He’s worked very hard to earn the loyalty of the caucus, certainly in a way that Durbin just hasn’t. He tries to engage directly and be a resource and an asset to individual members, to stick up for them and fight for them in leadership meetings.”

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