Chicago sex of­fender to re­main in cus­tody, deemed sex­u­ally vi­o­lent

Chicago Sun-Times - - METRO BEAT -

A Cook County jury has ruled that a reg­is­tered sex of­fender from Chicago with a long his­tory of at­tack­ing girls and women is a sex­u­ally vi­o­lent per­son and should re­main in cus­tody.

Fol­low­ing the ver­dict, Cook County Cir­cuit Court Judge Peggy Chi­ampas or­dered 58- year- old Leroy Brown to re­main in the cus­tody of the Illi­nois Depart­ment of Hu­man Ser­vices for treat­ment, ac­cord­ing to At­tor­ney Gen­eral Lisa Madi­gan’s of­fice.

“The de­fen­dant has a his­tory of vi­o­lent sex­ual at­tacks upon women and girls, and pre­vi­ously fled the state to avoid be­ing held ac­count­able for his crimes,” Madi­gan said in a state­ment.

Once com­mit­ted to IDHS, of­fend­ers are re- eval­u­ated on a reg­u­lar ba­sis to de­ter­mine if they con­tinue to meet cri­te­ria for com­mit­ment.

Sun- Times Wire

2- block stretch of Wabash to close this week­end

A two- block stretch of Wabash Av­enue in River North will be closed this week­end for the in­stal­la­tion of a tower crane. Wabash will close be­tween Illi­nois and Kinzie streets at 9 a. m. Fri­day, ac­cord­ing to the Chicago Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion. The clo­sure is ex­pected to last through Sun­day, though a spe­cific time was not given. Sun- Times Wire

Woman wear­ing night­gown robs North Side bank at gun­point

A woman wear­ing a night­gown and car­ry­ing a gun held up a bank Thurs­day morn­ing on the bor­der of the Up­town and Lake View neigh­bor­hoods on the North Side.

The takeover rob­bery hap­pened at 9: 32 a. m. at the Chase Bank branch at 3956 N. Sheri­dan Rd., FBI spokesman Gar­rett Croon said.

The sus­pect was de­scribed as a black woman in her 20s or 30s, 5- foot- 4 to 5- foot- 6 and 120- 140 pounds with a small build, ac­cord- ing to the FBI. She was wear­ing a tan win­ter coat, floral night­gown, black gloves, blue jeans and white shoes.

She showed a firearm, ac­cord­ing to the FBI, and should be con­sid­ered armed and dan­ger­ous. She was not in cus­tody.

A re­ward up to $ 1,000 is be­ing of­fered for in­for­ma­tion lead­ing to her ar­rest. Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is asked to call ( 312) 421- 6700.

Jor­dan Owen

Fed­eral grand jury in­dicts man in E. Chicago post of­fice ex­plo­sion

A fed­eral grand jury re­turned a five- count in­dict­ment against a man who al­legedly sent a pipe bomb in a pack­age that caused an ex­plo­sion at a north­west In­di­ana post of­fice in Septem­ber.

Eric P. Krieg, of Mun­ster, In­di­ana, mailed a pack­age that ex­ploded about 6 p. m. on Sept. 6 at the U. S. Post Of­fice branch at 901 E. Chicago Ave. in East Chicago, ac­cord­ing to the FBI and the U. S. at­tor­ney’s of­fice for the North­ern District of In­di­ana.

A postal em­ployee was in­jured, the FBI said.

From as early as 2012 un­til Au­gust 2017, Krieg used on­line fo­rums and a blog he main­tained to make a se­ries of on­line post- ings and com­mu­ni­ca­tions about other north­west In­di­ana res­i­dents, prose­cu­tors said.

Af­ter a law­suit based on state­ments Krieg made on his blog was filed in Lake County Su­pe­rior Court in 2013, he filed for bank­ruptcy, prose­cu­tors said. How­ever, the at­tor­ney in the case, iden­ti­fied as “Vic­tim 1,” claimed the suit couldn’t be dis­charged in bank­ruptcy. Krieg ul­ti­mately agreed to pay the at­tor­ney’s client $ 45,000 and post an apol­ogy on his blog.

The pack­age that ex­ploded Sept. 6 at the East Chicago post of­fice was ad­dressed to the at­tor­ney, prose­cu­tors said. Sun- Times Wire

Po­lice: Man tried to pay South Shore train fare with coun­ter­feit money

An In­di­ana man was ar­rested Wed­nes­day night af­ter he tried to pay his South Shore train fare us­ing coun­ter­feit money.

Ti­mothy Ross, 33, boarded a 6: 08 p. m. train at the Ham­mond South Shore sta­tion and pre­sented bo­gus money to pay for his trip to the South Bend Air­port Sta­tion, ac­cord­ing to the North­ern In­di­ana Commuter Trans­porta­tion District po­lice.

Ross had $ 1,070 in coun­ter­feit cash and a hand­gun on him, po­lice said. He also had de­tailed writ­ten in­struc­tions on how to man­u­fac­ture coun­ter­feit money.

Ross was also wanted by Elkhart County au­thor­i­ties for fail­ure to ap­pear on a crim­i­nal reck­less­ness charge, po­lice said.

The South Bend res­i­dent was taken to the Lake County Jail, where he was be­ing held pend­ing the fil­ing of new charges.

Jor­dan Owen

Surveil­lance photo of the sus­pect who held up a North Side bank at gun­point Thurs­day morn­ing. | FBI

Sketch of sus­pect in East Chicago pipe bomb ex­plo­sion. | FBI

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