Community Alert:  

19th District Police Roll Call

Dear Neighbor,


As I reported earlier today, there was an armed robbery at the intersection of Mildred and Wrightwood Avenues at approximately 3:30 pm this afternoon. The 19thDistrict of the Chicago Police Department responded to the call immediately and arrived on the scene within minutes. The offender, who was armed with a semi-automatic weapon, robbed a woman in her twenties, stealing her wedding ring and iPhone. Fortunately, the victim was not injured. 


I have also been made aware of an additional armed robbery at the Holtzman's Jewelry Store at 2304 N. Clark Street that occurred at approximately 3:00 pm this afternoon. No injuries were reported, and while these incidents are unrelated to one another, the sequence of events are especially disturbing as they occurred in broad daylight this afternoon. 


Since being made aware of these incidents, I have been in close communication with 18th District Commander William Dunn and 19th District Commander Elias Voulgaris to ensure additional police resources have been allocated in Lincoln Park to investigate these matters. 


As part of these efforts, I have requested the 19th District conduct what is known as a public "Roll Call" in the coming week.  This action, involving the staging of all police officers on the duty roster for a particular shift as they are given their patrol instructions by the Watch Commander, will further send a message to those that wish to commit violent acts against area residents - namely, that such activity will not be tolerated in the 43rd Ward. 


I would like to invite you to attend the 19th District roll call on Wednesday, July 16th at 6:00 pm at the intersection of Mildred and Wrightwood Avenues, the location at which one of the robberies occurred today. 


Additionally, as mentioned in a previous email alert, on Monday, July 14th, there will be a 19th District CAPS meeting for Beat 1932. The meeting is at 7:00 pm at New Life Church, located at 1110 W. Lill Avenue. I am attending and I would encourage you to join me. 


I look forward to seeing you on both Monday and Wednesday to take a stand against crime in the 43rd Ward. In addition, should you witness any suspicious behavior in your neighborhood, here are the following steps that you can take to assist the authorities: 

  • Call 9-1-1 immediately, should you witness an incident or suspicious activity.  Service Calls are regularly analyzed to allow the police to identify areas of high activity and to further assign additional officers.  
  • When calling 9-1-1, please provide as much detail of the person(s) in question that you can, including the approximate clothing, weight, height, ethnicity, gender or any other unique characteristics.  Please note that you can choose to remain anonymous in your call to the Chicago Police Department. 
  • Participate in your local CAPS Beat Program.  To find your local meeting, please click here

I believe that one crime committed in Lincoln Park is too many, and I am committed to ensuring that the public safety of ward residents remains the key priority for our local law enforcement. 


We are very fortunate to live in one of the safest area's in the City; however, I continue to work closely with the Chicago Police Department to ensure our community has the police resources necessary to prevent these types of incidents from occurring in the future.


Michele Signature

 Michele Smith

 43rd Ward Alderman