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Juvenile Beaten Unconscious and Robbed on Alexander Road: Police Blotter

The juvenile was walking alone when a group of unknown men attacked without provocation, according to reports.

A juvenile was beaten and robbed while walking westbound along the 2400 block of Alexander Rd. around 11:15 p.m. on Sept. 29, according to police. 

Police say a group of three to four unknown black males snuck up behind the juvenile when one asked, “Can I borrow five dollars?” The juvenile replied, “No,” without turning around, reports say. One of the assailants then hit the juvenile in the back of the head with an unknown object, causing him to fall to the ground where he was knocked unconscious by additional pummeling, police say. The attackers then snatched the juvenile’s iPhone and $100 in cash before fleeing the scene, according to reports. The juvenile stood up and walked over to a nearby friend’s house after regaining consciousness—before being immediately transported to St. James Hospital in Chicago Heights, police said.

The juvenile could only offer vague descriptions of two of the attackers, according to reports. The first is described as a black male in his late teens to early 20s, 5-foot-9-inches tall with a stocky build and shoulder-length braided hair. The second man is described identically except with shorter hair and wearing a light blue hooded sweatshirt, reports say.

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SouthSide October 03, 2012 at 06:17 PM
They wanted whatever the victim had. Asking for 5 bucks was just a way to sneak up on the victim. They must have preferred that he turn around to get beaten in the face instead of the back of the head. Thugs, No good thugs.
SouthSide October 03, 2012 at 06:19 PM
Some of my neighbors in Southgate are rentals and Section 8s and they are wonderful, law-abiding neighbors that I wouldn't trade for the world. I bet 5 bucks that the thugs in question are from out of town.
Kim October 03, 2012 at 06:21 PM
Does anyone on here even know when Homewood and Flossmoor's curfews are? Are they being enforced? We used to get questioned when cutting across Willow's park and they'd call our parents to see if our stories checked out. I see kids, not 15-16 year olds but 11, 12, 13... darting back and forth across 183rd at night. I don't want to punish kids but rather protect them against adults who are clearly out there starting trouble. It's not 1950, we're in a crap economy and if your walking in the dark alone there's a higher chance that something bad might happen. I agree, call the non emergency police number if something doesn't seem right. If you're wrong and two strangers turn out to be sweethearts just taking a stroll, then get them a few scoops at Mitchal's for their hassle. But if you're right, then you may just prevent another kid from getting hurt. I like Homewood, I'm staying.
SouthSide October 03, 2012 at 06:22 PM
We don't have money for more police officers and patrol cars. What we really need is for parents to do their job. The parents of the thugs failed. (I place ZERO blame on the victim, by the way.)
LocalRez October 03, 2012 at 06:31 PM
I'll agree they may not live in Homewood but that doesn't mean the police can't ticket them. If they don't show up for their community service work or pay the fine then next time they get caught doing anything in Homewood the consequences should be much worse. That will help them move on to some other location. Let it be known Homewood won't tolerate these thugs! They will be caught with vigilance from the community and police. As far as homeowners being ghetto trash - I suppose that's possible. I hate to say I saw a house that sold way below market value start falling apart overnight. Even the 80+ year old that previously lived there for years did a better job keeping it up. Within a month the new residents had trashed the fence and yard. Don't seem to be around on the weekends so maybe it's just an address for the kid to go to HF.. Meanwhile the neighborhood suffers. I'd rather have a renter that cares about how the house looks and keeps it up. Homewood should add the Property Maintenance Code Regulations to the new residents web page they have and maybe info on curfew and intolerance for gangs.
Jim Gannon October 03, 2012 at 06:47 PM
Certainly a spirited bit of blogging! I will wait for the police to complete this investigation and perhaps they will develop enough information to locate the offenders. Then you can cast your stones in another direction.
scott showalter October 03, 2012 at 06:54 PM
I pray for the young man that was beaten. I also pray that these young men know that they're doing so much more harm to themselves and the black community than they can possible imagine.
Ernie Souchak October 03, 2012 at 06:57 PM
Juan, agreed. Personal protection is important. But the Illinois Democrats are the smartest people in the U.S., and have made Illinois the only state in the U.S. where a concealed-carry permit is not available. The ONLY state. In the remainder of the 49, thugs always face the possibility that their victim COULD be armed. Not here. The thugs KNOW that law-abiding citizens will NOT have protection. Maybe that's why Chicago is more dangerous than Afghanistan??? Thank you Illinois politicians, the worst in the U.S., among the lowest form of human life.
Brontegal October 03, 2012 at 07:05 PM
Reading this headline only brought back the horror that our family went through in April 2007 when our son was attacked in broad daylight walking home from the Homewood Dairy Queen. Beaten and left with a fractured skull, our son was accosted similiarly, for no apparent reason. He had no money on him - the attacker just began hitting him on the head with a BB Gun while our son begged him to stop. Thank God the thug stopped. He ran away and our son revived himself, ran to the nearest home for help and was airlifted to Univ of Chgo hospital. A week later, our son recognized the thug driving around James Hart Jr. HS. He reported the license plate number to the police which matched the plate number that an anonymous caller had given on the night of the attack when something did not look right. Bless that person whoever it was! The plates matched, our son was called in to the police dept. to view a 'line-up'. The thug and his weapon were positively identified. The thug is Christian Plunkett. We took him to court, he was charged as a 17 yr-old felon but let go with community service, a 2 year probation period and a court apology to the judge and to our family. In May 2009, he broke that probation by damaging his parents Homewood home and beating his girlfriend. Both the parents and girlfriend dropped the charges, so our case was closed... Christian Plunkett was raised in a fairly upper middle class home in Homewood.
Concerned mom October 03, 2012 at 08:36 PM
Ghetto trash - anyone who is a danger to our community, anyone that has no interest in keeping our area safe nor contributing to the community in a positive way. Let's be honest here.
Kelly October 03, 2012 at 09:03 PM
Concerned mom, that's an honest assessment. Perhaps readers can agree that your definition is all inclusive, and that "ghetto trash" isn't necessarily from the projects, or the south side, or from those who rent their homes, or from juveniles breaking curfew.
Brontegal October 03, 2012 at 11:07 PM
Thank goodness Homewood's latest victim is ok. Homewood is a decent community. Our attacker was caught because a concerned citizen took down a license plate number after getting a feeling that something was not right. That person is anonymous but a hero to me. Vigilance, neighborhood watch - let's step up that game!
Amy October 04, 2012 at 12:32 AM
Lynn - I am so sorry to hear of what your son went through. Thank goodness he will be ok. Like you said, every community is facing this problem. And I think we ALL need to to have the thought process of " we are not afraid" for if we become afraid then those that are doing this get the upper hand and we all need to do what we can to keep Homewood a relatively safe and quiet community, which certainly we must agree that we don't have nearly the problems that other communities do. Yes, sometimes the people doing the attacking are "ghetto trash" but they could also be "white trash" . They could live in a rented house, but they could also live in one of the nicest houses in Homewood! I grew up here and Homewood has had it's share of "problems" over the years - once as a child, we had a "stranger" or two around Willow trying to lure kids into his car (1970's) We also had a landmark building, the Steiner water tower on Martin that had to be torn down because some kids got inside and set a fire in it. And I'm sure that those growing up in the 60's and in the 50's can remember their own stories of Homewood crime. The problem is that now it seems that people seem to think beating someone unconcious over money and a phone is OK and that is certainly a more serious matter and the people who think it is ok come from all walks of life. Thank you Lynn for planning to stay in Homewood. My prayers will be with you and your son!
Genvieve LaChappele October 04, 2012 at 12:59 AM
I'm afraid that saying it happens everywhere, which is false, means we end up accepting it as the new "norm". Thank God this young man is ok. He should be able to walk home with his tips.
Concerned mom October 04, 2012 at 01:03 AM
Ghetto trash is not intended to be a racial comment nice assumption made it could be a purple trash person for all I care. I am glad the victim is ok and am glad the mom voiced the actual events. Thank you.
Kelly October 04, 2012 at 01:56 AM
Concerned mom, I know you didn't intend the label "ghetto trash" to be a racial comment, but it's exactly why I asked for a definition. You were the only one honest enough to address it...if we're really honest, it's mostly black and brown people identified in ghettoes. The implication from earlier posts leaned this way, but black and brown people are also in the suburbs. Whatever race, creed or color the victim or perpetrators, I too am glad this young man is okay. As a parent of a young woman who worked on Dixie Highway, received tips, and needed to get home late at night blocks away, I certainly empathize with the mom and her son who was just minding his business...Lord knows it could have been my child that was jumped. I just get tired of the rhetoric behind stereotypes of certain "kinds" of people bringing violence to our community. It's this mindset that creates hate crimes. Consider the black man hired by a bank to maintain a foreclosed property in Tinley Park, who was attacked by a neighboring resident for "looking suspicious." I work in Tinley and I'd hate to think someone finds me suspicious! Regardless, I trust law enforcement to find the suspects in this case and adjudicate accordingly, without community members rushing to judgment and fearing that "ghetto trash" is taking over.
Melissa J October 04, 2012 at 02:56 AM
Dear Concerned mom, I rent. Does this mean I am "ghetto trash"? Oh and I have kids too. I am sure that the neighborhood is still as safe as any nice middle class neighborhood. Crime happens everywhere. Seems to me this doesnt happen too often so let us be happy the boy is ok.
Randy Szuarte October 04, 2012 at 04:58 AM
What happened to neighbors actually KNOWING what is happening in their neighborhood? I wonder HOW could this happen in a "peaceful" neighborhood and NO ONE heard anything? NO ONE came out to see or help? Why dont people get up off their a$$ and go outside, watch the street say hi to their neighbor KNOW who is suppose to be there and who isnt. WHY NOT form a local block watch. Who cares if you call the police to report suspicious people in your neighborhood? If they arent doing anything then they will be asked by the police what they are doing there and if they have nothing to hide or if they arent guilty of anything then they will be left alone to thier business. Its better than to be over protective and over suspicious than to be regretful that you didnt do anything to prevent a crime that causes someones health, well being or worse yet their life. Maybe once people start becoming more involved in whats going on around them, these ( as you call them "Ghetto Trash" ) people will realize that - THIS is OUR neighborhood, OUR homes, and OUR community - YOU ARE NOT WELCOMED HERE !!!
LocalRez October 04, 2012 at 05:27 AM
I think a close look at the Homewood crime statistics would be a good bit of investigative reporting if there were a reporter listening... Seems to me the bulk of people getting arrested over on Halsted for shoplifting on a regular basis don't have names like "Tommy" or" Susie" if you read the articles. I'm sure it isn't all situations but very many. I grew up in Homewood too and sure, there was crime but I don't think it was nearly as rampant as it is now. I don't remember it being as harmful and destructive and against innocent residents. How about the armed robberies? the woman who was accosted and kidnapped and dumped out of her own vehicle in Harvey? Jumped in her own driveway! A home invasion, the shooting in Glenwood about a month ago that even included a baby getting shot? Da Nile isn't only a river folks.. It's sad but true that stereotypes get perpetuated based on frequency of occurances as well as rhetoric or bigotry. As far as a "hate crimes mindset" you might want to google Social Darwinism. It's the hoodlums, thugs and yes ghetto trash that are pushing the envelope - they are the ones you should be getting tired of not other law abiding people.. Glad the young man is ok, I hope the creeps are caught but I'd rather not be paying for three squares a day and medical coverage for them when they do get caught, there has to be another solution!
SHUSSBAR October 04, 2012 at 02:16 PM
+1. How can someone dare blaming this kid? Thugs are thugs at any time of the day or night. If we can not even freely walk in a street in front of our house, what world are we living in. Hope they catch those cowards quickly. Despicable
TP October 05, 2012 at 02:18 PM
Lynn all our love to you both! I hate to hear the bigotry in these comments! I have lived in this area for my 46 years we live here for the diversity. My kids are color blind until bigots like you point it out. Trash is trash whatever color shape size it comes in. Who is to say these kids didn't get off the train and aren't even from here? You bigots talk without knowing facts which is ignorant. There are bad people in this world in every income bracket, every nationality, every race. Shame on you for spouting your ignorant rant rather than caring about the well being of the child. Also... After my very expensive flossmoor home sells We will be renting in the area... Do I need to prepare my family that our status from owner to renter will also change our staus from respected community member to " ghetto trash"?
sheila stoffle October 05, 2012 at 02:26 PM
What's really scary is that there was a block party on Perth and Alexander.... one block away!!!! There were still a lot of us out cleaning up at that time, we unfortunately didn't see or hear anything.
Jimmi V October 05, 2012 at 03:01 PM
Jimmi v Ghetto trash coming into are town? We are the ghetto ! Just look around
D October 05, 2012 at 06:08 PM
Well I am going to say this. Homewood, IL is another suburb going downhill. I cannot wait until my daughter finishes HF in two years. My husband and I are putting ourselves in position to move closer to our jobs in the city. I moved to the suburbs from overseas to not put up with the "ghetto life" behavior of the city. If the behavior is out here, I may just as well move to the city, go down to 1 car and have a shorter commute to my work. I have watched how this once nice suburb and other suburban areas go down the drain. Mind you, I grew up in the inner city and witnessed the same thing. It is hard when your parents are trying to maintain a home where you have people breaking into your home and garages. These people don't know the difference between hard work and just being lazy. Always looking for a handout or someone to rob. You can call me racist; but I am Black. So, guess I am racist against people not wanting anything in life but to have multiple children, multiple "baby daddies", Section 8, and more handouts. Why do you think businesses are hesitant to bring work here? That is why they are moving Section 8 to the suburbs because job opportunities are bleak. This is cycle that I have experienced before and I will not be here to live through it again.
LocalRez October 05, 2012 at 06:51 PM
TP What "facts" have you stated to Not be considered ignorant? there are BAD people all over from all walks of life, all races, etc. that isn't ground breaking news. The problem is some towns have more of them than others and the law abiding citizens are fed up being victimized and intimidated by them and having their property values plummet from crime besides the economy and taxes! You, pray tell, have lived a sheltered life in your "very expensive flossmoor home". Go rent in Homewood, Glenwood, Country club hills or the Heights so you can get a better first hand look at the joys of "diversity". As far as caring about the kid that was jumped of course I and others do - obviously - we all care about our community and it's residents especially the long time property owners that pay property taxes to improve and support the community and schools - unlike renters. I also care about all the other people (regardless of race) that have been and WILL BE hurt in the future if these kinds of degenerate low life thugs are allowed to roam our streets preying on innocent trusting "bigots" as you call them. What makes you a respected community member anyway? because you own a home in a once upper class neighborhood and are "colorblind to race" Oh brother! Why sell your flossmoor home if you love the diversity so much?
Don Rubins October 05, 2012 at 10:06 PM
Please understand how sorry I am for Lynn's son, and the grief she must feel--the security that must have been ripped out of their lives, singly and collectively. I hate to tell you folks, this is not a new problem, and hardly city-borne or the result of renters or section 8 or race or public housing closing. I'm 53, lived in Park Forest for 44 years, and I promise my high school years were violent, angry times as well. So were Thornton's, H-F's, Rich Central's, even Marion's. Also common were alcohol, drugs, and sex. Still, Lynn, maybe you ought to consider putting in a regular, old-fashioned house phone (the most dreaded "land - line") rather than allowing any member of your household--especially a child--go out late at night merely to get "better cell reception". I know the idea is SO last-century, but house phones do exist and you CAN make calls on them--and never risk the danger of what happened to your son!
Colleen October 06, 2012 at 04:20 AM
Prayers for your son Lynn. I hope he has a speedy recovery. It is very sad that everyone has to lay blame and attack. It was a senseless crime and unfortunately can happen anywhere anytime. I hope they catch whoever did this!
Lauren Peterson October 06, 2012 at 07:53 PM
This article is a stry about a person - a 17 year old boy who was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Instead of supporting our neighbor, it seems like most of you people have put the blame on the victim and his family, attacking the boy, his mother's parenting styles, and making accusations as to their family life. Most of these comments are filthy, disgusting, and disrespectful towards the situation at hand. I'm disgusted to see these accusatory comments, the boy had money because he holds a job, and he didn't get injured because his mother doesn't have a house phone. The world is an evil place because of the people's accusations and assumptions written within this comment thread, not because of a person's skin color or where they grew up. Let's get back to what the story is about - recognizing that an innocent kid's life, and his family's life, had forever been changed due to an unfortunate incident.
Joeblow gotti October 08, 2012 at 08:04 AM
Im a young male that live in a neighborhood near to incident, im sure if a white teen, or any other white person of any age see's a black MALE walking in that neighborhood, He would avoid them fearing something like this. its uncommon to see because the police are smart and always question a person fitting the description of the criminals, in other words Black males with braids and fades cant walk outside at night in homewood! Homewood PD got wont let this happen twice, these two got lucky.
Lauren October 10, 2012 at 08:38 PM
That moment when you realize that ghetto is not synonymous with a person of color/non-white individual and you just look like a racist.

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