*(ANOTHER DAY IN CHICAGO, ANOTHER GENTLE GIANT IN ACTION)* Police: 3 men chase down, hold attacker after North Side robbery

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By Chicago Tribune staff contact the reporter

A 19-year-old Southwest Side man is facing robbery charges after three men chased him down and held him until police arrived following a North Side attack Monday, police said.

Jaleel Johnson, 19, followed a 21-year-old woman into the vestibule of a building in the 3100 block of North Southport Avenue in the Lakeview neighborhood about 10 p.m. Monday, according to a news release from the Chicago Police Department.

Johnson, of the 6900 block of South Artesian Avenue, took hold of the woman, shoved her to the ground and stole her purse before running away, police said. Three men who saw the incident chased Johnson and caught him close to the crime scene and held him for police.

The woman identified Johnson as her attacker and he was subsequently charged with one felony count of robbery, police said.

The woman did not want medical attention, police said, and her purse and its contents were returned to her.

Johnson is scheduled to appear in bond court on Tuesday.

*(GENTLE GIANTS HERE IN CHICAGO)* 2 dead, 49(NEW NUMBERS JUST IN) wounded in Chicago weekend gun violence

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Two men were killed and at least 47 other people — including an 81-year-old woman — were wounded in shootings across Chicago between Friday afternoon and Monday morning.

About 12:10 a.m. Monday, a man was killed and another man was critically wounded in a South Shore neighborhood shooting.

Officers heard gunshots and found two men shot in the 7800 block of South South Shore Drive, police said.

Morial Ewing, 28, of the 8100 block of South Bennett, suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene at 12:40 a.m., according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

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The other man, 29, was shot in the chest and leg and was taken in critical condition to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, police said.

About midnight Saturday, Ronnie Montgomery, 24, was found on the sidewalk in the 1300 block of West Hastings, authorities said. He had been shot in the chest and shoulder.

Montgomery, of the 700 block of West Marquette, was pronounced dead at the scene at 1:20 a.m., according to the medical examiner’s office.

The 81-year-old great-grandmother, Iola Burress, was shot about 5 p.m. Friday, just minutes after viewing the body of her recently deceased daughter at a South Side funeral home.

Iola Burress, 81, survived being shot four times, relatives told the Sun-Times. Her 34-year-old grandson, Sylvester Burress, was also shot in the drive-by attack in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood.

“It’s very hard right now because we’re trying to bury her daughter and assist her and then this happens today during the wake,” said Yolanda McBride, Burress’s granddaughter, on Friday. McBride’s mother, Laverne Burress, 60, is the daughter the 81-year-old was mourning.

On Saturday, relatives said Iola Burress had to miss her daughter’s funeral.

Chicago Police said that Iola Burress and her grandson were standing outside in the 7800 block of South Carpenter when they were shot by someone who was in a passing white SUV.

The grandmother, who suffers from dementia, was shot in the right wrist and abdomen, while her grandson was shot in the hip, police said. They were both taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn. Both were released on Saturday, relatives told the Sun-Times.

The most recent nonfatal shooting happened at 2:48 a.m. Monday in the South Shore neighborhood.

A 24-year-old man was shot in both legs and his abdomen in the 2900 block of East 78th Place, police said. He was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was listed in serious condition.

Police said the man was not cooperating with investigators.

The shooting happened about three blocks from the fatal shooting in the 7800 block of South South Shore Drive, but police could not immediately say if the two shootings are related.

At least 44 other people have been shot across the city since 1:55 p.m. Friday.

*(GENTLE GIANTS KILLING EACH OTHER)* 1 killed, 20 wounded in Chicago shootings

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Chicago police and paramedics stand around a man wounded in a shooting Friday, May 15, 2015, at 60th and LaSalle streets in Englewood. (Eric Clark for the Chicago Tribune)

By Quinn Ford and Rosemary Regina Sobol

Man shot to death on Near West Side

81-year-old woman shot on South Side porch while taking break from attending daughter’s wake

One man was killed and at least 20 others, including an 81-year-old woman, were wounded in shootings across the city’s South and West sides since Friday afternoon.

The fatal shooting happened about midnight in the city’s University Village neighborhood on the Near West Side.

Police found a 24-year-old man fatally shot in the 1300 block of West Hastings Street. Officers found the man lying on a sidewalk with gunshot wounds to his chest and shoulder, police said.

Further details were not immediately available. Following the shooting, police taped off a portion of the sidewalk on the quiet, leafy block as detectives investigated the scene. The man’s body lay just inside a wood hut that contained a dumpster. Neighbors stood in front of two-story row houses along the block and watched.

Hours earlier, an 81-year-old woman and her 34-year-old grandson were injured in a shooting in the city’s Gresham neighborhood.The man was later identified as Ronnie Montgomery, of the 700 block of West Marquette Road in Englewood, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

The two were sitting on a porch in the 7800 block of South Carpenter Street about 5 p.m. Friday, taking a break from attending the wake of the woman’s daughter when a gunman in a passing SUV fired shots, hitting them both, police said.

Both were taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, police said.

In other shootings:

About 2:55 a.m. Saturday, police said a 24-year-old man and a 21-year-old man were shot by another male while standing in the 8800 block of South Princeton Avenue in the West Chatham neighborhood. The 24-year-old is in good condition after being taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center with a gunshot wound to the left forearm, police said. The 21-year-old, with an ankle wound, walked into St. Bernard Hospital and Health Care Center and is also in good condition.• About 5:25 a.m. Saturday, an 18-year-old woman was shot in the Logan Square neighborhood. The teen was walking in the 1700 block of North Western Avenue when she heard gunfire and felt pain. The woman was hit in the upper right shoulder. She was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where her condition stabilized, police said.

• Early Saturday, a 29-year-old man walked into Rush Medical Center after he was shot in East Garfield Park, police said. The man told police he was walking in the 100 block of South California Avenue about 1:20 a.m. Saturday when he heard gunshots and felt pain. The man transported himself to Rush Medical Center, where he was treated for a gunshot wound to his right buttocks, police said.

• Two men were wounded, one critically, in a drive-by shooting about 1 a.m. Saturday in Homan Square. The two — ages 22 and 23 — were standing in the 3600 block of West Polk Street when a gunman inside a passing dark-colored sedan opened fire. The 22-year-old was shot in his head. He was taken to John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County in critical condition, police said. The 23-year-old man was grazed by a bullet that hit his left thigh. He later walked into Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was treated for his wound.

• About 12:15 a.m. Saturday, a 58-year-old woman was shot in the leg in Armour Square on the South Side. The woman was walking on the sidewalk in the 200 block of West 38th Place when she heard gunfire and felt pain, police said. She was taken to Stroger Hospital, where she was treated for a gunshot wound to her right calf. Her condition stabilized as of early Saturday.

• About the same time, two people were shot in South Austin. A 24-year-old woman and a 38-year-old man were in the 100 block of South Leamington Avenue when a gunman stepped out of an SUV and fired shots. Both were shot in the right foot. They were taken to West Suburban Medical Center, where their conditions were stabilized.

• About 10:50 p.m. Friday, a 25-year-old man was shot in his head in the Park Manor neighborhood. Police said he was standing outside in the 7400 block of South Wentworth Avenue when he heard gunfire and felt pain. The man was taken to Stroger Hospital, and as of early Saturday, he was listed in critical condition.

• A 25-year-old man walked into the University of Chicago Medical Center after he had been shot in the lower back about 10:40 p.m. Friday, police said. He told police he was standing in the 6700 block of South Cornell Drive in Jackson Park when he heard gunshots and felt pain. Police did not immediately have further details about the shooting.

• About 9:50 p.m. Friday, a 33-year-old man was shot in the 11900 block of South Wallace Street in West Pullman. The man was standing on the sidewalk when someone fired shots from a nearby alleyway, hitting the man in his ankle, police said. The man was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where his condition stabilized.

• About 7:30 p.m. Friday, two men were shot in West Englewood. The two were inside two separate vehicles “involved in an altercation” in the 7200 block of South Bell Avenue, police said. Shots were fired, and the two men — ages 24 and 28 — were both hit, police said. The 24-year-old man was shot in his right arm and was taken to Holy Cross Hospital, where his condition stabilized. The 28-year-old man was shot in his leg and was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center, where his condition also stabilized, police said.

• About 3:25 p.m. Friday in the city’s East Chatham neighborhood, a 23-year-old man was shot, said Officer Thomas Sweeney, a Chicago police spokesman. The victim told police he’d been walking in the 900 block of East 82nd Street when he heard shots and felt pain, Sweeney said. He was taken in good condition to Stroger hospital.

• At about 1:55 p.m. Friday, three men were shot in the 6000 block of South Wentworth Avenue in Englewood, Sweeney said. A 22-year-old man was shot in the head and leg, and a 19-year-old man was shot in the right shoulder, said Sweeney, adding both their conditions had stabilized at Stroger Hospital.

Sweeney, clarifying earlier information, said the third man, 21, who suffered a graze wound to the leg, was also shot but declined to be taken to a hospital.

Paramedics were called to 60th Street and LaSalle Avenue, where the 22-year-old and 19-year-old were taken in serious-to-critical condition to Stroger Hospital, according to the Chicago Fire Department.

ISIS Promises ‘Harsher’ Attacks On American Soil

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The group said that “The next six months will be interesting.”


ISIS promises that last week’s attack in Texas is only the beginning of its plans to reign terror on the people of the United States.

The Islamic State made the announcement on its official radio station as reported by CNN: “We say to the defenders of the cross, the U.S., that future attacks are going to be harsher and worse. The Islamic State soldiers will inflict harm on you with the grace of God. The future is just around the corner.”

According to Agence France Presse, the jihadi group further stated during its announcement:

Two of the soldiers of the caliphate executed an attack on an art exhibit in Garland, Texas, and this exhibit was portraying negative pictures of the Prophet Mohammad … We tell America that what is coming will be even bigger and more bitter, and that you will see the soldiers of ISIS do terrible things.

Someone tweeting under the name of a British ISIS jihadist who is suspected of hacking the U.S. Central Command computers in January sent this message following the Texas attack:

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As reported by Western Journalism, ISIS proclaimed that it “71 trained soldiers in 15 different states” in the U.S. “ready at our word to attack any target we desire.” The group specifically mentioned five targeted states including Virginia, Maryland, Illinois, California, and Michigan, and promised that “The next six months will be interesting.”

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According to Judicial Watch, ISIS also reportedly has training camps in Mexican border communities near El Paso, with plans to infiltrate the United States through Texas and New Mexico.

Walid Shoebat, a former member of the Muslim Brotherhood who has since converted to Christianity, wrote regarding the Islamic State’s most recent threat: “When ISIS references to the ‘nation of the Cross,’ what they mean is their intent to kill Christians.”

ISIS has specifically called for the death of Pamela Geller, but she will not back down. Geller was one of the organizers of the “Draw the Prophet” Muhammad cartoon competition, which ISIS sympathizers Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi targeted last week. In a statement posted online, ISIS said: “Our aim was the khanzeer [swine] Pamela Geller and to show her that we don’t care what land she hides in or what sky shields her; we will send all our Lions to achieve her slaughter.”

CBS News reports that Geller, who lives in New York, met with investigators from the city police department’s counterterrorism and intelligence bureaus last week. “NYPD spokesman Stephen Davis said they will do a ‘comprehensive threat assessment’ to determine whether Geller will need security, but did not comment on details of the threat or security measures.”

Geller is head of the American Freedom Defense Initiative, which seeks to educate Americans about the threat posed by Islam. The group has run ads all over the country and sponsored the cartoon contest.

The winner of the $10,000 prize drew an angry Muhammad bearing a sword and yelling, “You can’t draw me!”

Phoenix: Mosque Attended by Garland Jihadis Spawned Two Other Terrorists

CaptureWhy is the media still talking about me? What aren’t we talking about what really incited the jihadists? Why isn’t the media talking about the jihadic doctrine? Sharia? The mosque? The FBI should be surveilling this mosque, impounding their phone records. Was anyone from the mosque in contact with Muslim groups in Garland? Was there any communication between Phoenix and Garland? The imam to the jihadis claimed he was “shocked “— that they were gentle fellows. We know he is a liar. There needs to be an investigation of what it is being taught at that mosque. In the wake of our Freedom Conference in 2012, we unveiled an 18-point platform for preserving and defending free societies. Included in these 18 points: — AFDI calls for immediate investigation into foreign mosque funding in the West and for new legislation making foreign funding of mosques in non-Muslim nations illegal. — AFDI calls for surveillance of mosques and regular inspections of mosques in the U.S. and other non-Muslim nations to look for pro-violence materials. Any mosque advocating jihad or any aspects of Sharia that conflict with Constitutional freedoms and protections should be closed. — AFDI calls for curriculum and Islam-related materials in textbooks and museums to describe the Islamic doctrine and history accurately, including its violent doctrines and 1,400-year war against unbelievers.


“Phoenix: Mosque Attended by Garland Jihadis Spawned Two Other Terrorists,” By Patrick Poole . (thanks to Creeping)

Yesterday at PJ Media, I reported on conflicting stories offered by the Islamic Community Center of Phoenix (ICCP) regarding former mosque attendees Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi, who were killed this past Sunday in a gunfight outside a Dallas-area center where a “Draw Muhammad” cartoon contest was being held.

I noted the attempts by the mosque president, Usama Shami, to downplay the ties of the two would-be terrorists. This included Shami’s claim to the press that neither was a regular member. In fact, Elton “Ibrahim” Simpson had been featured in a mosque fundraising video posted on ICCP’s YouTube channel in 2012 identifying him as a member:

In fact, Simpson and Soofi were not the only two terrorists spawned from ICCP. Two other previous ICCP mosque attendees — Hassan Abu-Jihaad and Derrick Shareef — are currently in federal prison on terrorism-related charges.

There are remarkable parallels with Simpson and Soofi, including that Abu-Jihaad and Shareef were also roommates.

Further, Usama Shami attempted to downplay their association with ICCP as well. He told the Arizona Republic he never saw the pair – despite court records in both their cases stating they had attended the mosque.

Abu-Jihaad is currently serving a 10-year federal prison sentence for passing classified information to a UK-based al-Qaeda webmaster. According to the Justice Department:

In 2001, Abu-Jihaad was serving as a U.S. Navy signalman aboard the U.S.S. Benfold and had access to the future movements of his group of ships, led by the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Constellation. Six months after the attack on the U.S.S. Cole, and before leaving home port in San Diego for a deployment in the Persian Gulf, Abu-Jihaad transmitted then-classified information about his battle group’s itinerary, listing dates for anticipated port calls in Hawaii and Australia, and for the battle group’s transit through the Strait of Hormuz. Abu-Jihaad’s disclosure discussed the battle group’s perceived vulnerability to terrorist attack.

The leak did not come to light until well after Abu-Jihaad left the Navy, when an investigation into Azzam Publications led to the search of a London apartment associated with one of the website’s organizers, and authorities found a floppy disk containing the U.S. Navy information. Subsequent investigation uncovered several email exchanges from late 2000 to late 2001 between members of Azzam Publications and Abu-Jihaad, including discussions regarding videos Abu-Jihaad ordered from Azzam Publications that promoted violent jihad and extolled the virtues of martyrdom; a donation of money Abu-Jihaad made to Azzam Publications; and whether it was “safe” to send materials to Abu-Jihaad at his military address onboard the U.S.S. Benfold.

The FBI established a direct tie between Abu-Jihaad and Simpson according to court documents in the latter’s 2010 trial, as Simpson was first questioned by the FBI in 2006 when authorities believed he might be part of a terror cell:

In 2006, agents opened a criminal investigation of him based on his ties with an individual “whom the FBI believed was attempting to set up a terrorist cell in Arizona,” according to court documents.

Agents say Simpson knew Hassan Abu-Jihaad, an enlistee in the U.S. Navy later convicted of leaking classified information about upcoming movements of his battle group to an alleged terror cell in London. Simpson told agents he knew Abu-Jihaad, who was arrested in Phoenix in 2007, but did not tell them anything else about him.

Undoubtedly, what launched that 2006 investigation was the activity of Abu-Jihaad’s former roommate, Derrick Shareef.

Shareef was arrested in 2006 for his role in a plot to set off hand grenades at a Rockford, Illinois shopping mall during the holiday season. He later pled guilty on a charge of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction, and was sentenced to 35 years in prison.

During his trial, the FBI provided video tapes of Shareef threatening Americans:

“You are the enemies of Islam, for the sake of Allah we are coming for you,” Shareef says in a tape that looks like it could have been shot somewhere in the Middle East. In fact, the camera was 90 miles from Chicago in a Rockford home where the 22-year-old and a friend each made several videos declaring their desire for destruction.

“We will target you in your homes. We will target you in your businesses. We will target you in your synagogues and your churches. We do not fear you Kafirs. I swear by Allah I am ready to give my life right now for the cause,” the tape says.

The mosque also came under scrutiny in March 2008, when a large group of men from ICCP began firing semi-automatic weapons in an open area frequented by runners and bikers near a residential area, as the Arizona Republic reported at the time:

Shortly before noon on a sunny Sunday in March, two Toyota SUVs rolled to a stop along a dirt road in north Phoenix.

About 20 young Muslim males climbed out, armed with assault rifles, a shotgun, a sniper rifle and handguns. The location near Happy Valley Road and 51st Avenue is a desert recreation site for off-road motorists, hikers and bikers, dozens of whom were enjoying the spring-like weather.

For more than an hour, the shooters blasted away at a granite rock and empty cans in front of a hill.

Officials estimate the fusillade totaled 500 to 1,000 rounds. Some shooters left before police arrived and detained 10 adults and five boys, including an 11-year-old.

The young men and boys told officers the weapons belonged to their parents. They said they were not aware it was illegal to use firearms in the residential area.

Six were arrested and charged with felony weapons violations in Maricopa County Superior Court. Among them were the 20- and 21-year-old sons of two imams at Phoenix-area mosques, as well as the 20-year-old son of Abdallah.

Needless to say, the usual suspects claimed the men were being targeted because of their Islamic faith, rather than their firing rifles in a prohibited area that endangered others.

ICCP officials would most likely claim that the case of the “Draw Muhammad” terrorists coming out of their mosque, as had a traitor betraying classified military secrets to al-Qaeda, and a man planning a terror attack on a shopping mall during the holidays, is a matter of bad luck.

But one of the main tools used by terror recruiters is the Islamic grievance narrative that Muslims are under attack from the West.

In fact, ICCP regularly hosts speakers pushing that Islamic grievance narrative, such as the February 2013 appearance of Lauren Booth:

As I reported here at PJ Media in 2012, Booth had been interviewed in a California mosque spouting Jew-hatred, making anti-American statements, and calling President Obama a murderer:

Interestingly, the man interviewing Booth in that video, my friend Tom Trento of the United West, was broadcasting live inside the “Draw Muhammad” event on Sunday when it came under attack by Simpson and Soofi, and he continued giving live video updates as the situation unfolded.

So while ICCP officials may call the four terrorists that have come from their mosque a tragic coincidence, others may call it a pattern. Or as my law enforcement colleagues would describe it, an “investigative clue.”

– See more at: http://pamelageller.com/2015/05/phoenix-mosque-attended-by-garland-jihadis-spawned-two-other-terrorists.html/#sthash.s1MeCrJF.dpuf

*(GENTLE GIANT IN CHICAGO)* Suspect arrested in attempted sexual assault on CTA Red Line

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By Rosemary Regina Sobol and Alexandra Chachkevitch

Police have arrested a man suspected of trying to sexually assault a woman on a CTA Red Line train on the North Side.

A 27-year-old woman told police she was riding a southbound Red Line train between the Fullerton and North/Clybourn stations at 5 a.m. Sunday when a man tried to assault her, according to Officer Janel Sedevic, a spokeswoman for the Chicago Police Department.

The woman declined medical attention, according to Sedevic.

Police arrested a suspect early Monday morning after sending out a community alert Sunday evening that included surveillance photos.

Police are investigating a report of an attempted sexual assault aboard a CTA train May 10, 2015, on the North Side and have released these pictures of a suspect wanted in the attack. (Chicago Police Department)

Charges are pending.  No other information was available.

*(MORE GENGLE GIANT ACTION IN CHICAGO)* Cabbies Robbed At Knife Point On North Side

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CHICAGO (CBS) — Police are cautioning North Side taxi drivers after a pair of cabbies were robbed at knife point in separate incidents last week in Ravenswood and West Ridge.

In both robberies, a man has pulled a knife on cabbies after arriving at his destination, according to a business alert from Chicago Police.

The first robbery happened about 6 a.m. on April 19 in the 2800 block of West Ardmore, the alert said.

It was carried out by a 6-feet tall, 140-pound black man who is between 18 and 25 years old, police said. He was wearing a blue hoodie, gray sweatpants and was carrying a brown satchel, police said.

The second incident happened about 9:30 p.m. on April 23 in the 2400 block of West Eastwood, by a black man between 18 and 20 years old in a black baseball cap and a Chicago Bulls jacket, police said.

Anyone with information should call Area North detectives at (312) 744-8263.