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Man robs taxi driver in Elgin

Updated: January 19, 2013 6:16AM

Elgin police were looking for a 6-foot, 2-inch Hispanic man with a shaved head and a lightning bolt tattooed on his neck after he reportedly robbed a taxi driver at about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. According to a police report released recently, the driver said he picked up the tattooed man at a fast-food restaurant on Summit Street, drove him to a liquor store on Villa Street (where the man kept him waiting for a half hour in the parking lot), then drove him to an address in the 1600 block of Mark Avenue. The driver said he asked for $20 in fare and the man gave him a roll of cash that turned out to be five $1 bills with blank sheets of paper stuffed inside them. The driver said that when he complained, the man opened the vehicle’s driver door, grabbed him by his shirt and pulled him out of the car. The man then reached inside the taxi and stole the cab’s GPS unit and the driver’s wallet, containing about $130.


Window pried successfully: The burglar who struck a home in the 900 block of Duncan Avenue between 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. Friday apparently entered an unlocked screen-covered front porch, then pried open a window leading from there into the house. The owner told police a Dell laptop computer was missing from the kitchen table and a Makita Sawsall power tool had been taken from inside the porch.

Door pried unsuccessfully: The occupant of a home in the 1000 block of Birchdale Drive told police that while he was away between 9 a.m, and 5 p.m. Thursday, a would-be burglar apparently tried to pry open the home’s back door. The thief damaged the door frame but did not get in.


Resisting police: Marcial R. Vez, 38, of the 100 block of Meadowdale Court, Carpentersville, was charged with a felony count of resisting arrest and misdemeanor counts of resisting or obstructing a police officer following an incident Sunday. According to police, Vez was in possession of a carving knife, and then resisted police when they attempted to take him into custody. Bail was set at $20,000, and he was given a Dec. 31 court date.


Aimed at cop: Police reported Monday that Sam Mawnhinney, 18, of the 1000 block of Dartmouth Drive in Bartlett, was charged with aggravated assault for allegedly pointing a BB gun at police trying to get into his home.

Police said that at about 11:30 p.m. Thursday, officers went to Mawnhinney’s home in an effort to locate a missing 15-year-old youth. The officers reported that Mawnhinney opened the front window blinds and pointed a gun, which later turned out to be a BB gun, at one of the police officers attempting to make contact with the people inside. The officers said Mawnhinney was taken into custody about 45 minutes later in the backyard of the home. Mawnhinney later was released on a personal recognizance bond pending a Jan. 8 court date in Wheaton.

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