BUCKTOWN — Efforts targeting drunken drivers and graffiti artists in Bucktown are paying off, Chicago police say.
Forty-three arrests were made on Beat 1434, nearly a third of them involving issues of concern to residents of an area crammed with nightclubs and plagued with graffiti, Police Sgt. Felipe Reyes said.
Reyes and the Shakespeare Police District's new chief, Cmdr. Francis "Frank" Valadez addressed community members at a CAPS meeting Wednesday at the Bucktown-Wicker Park Library.
Reyes cited statistics from Oct. 17 through Dec. 18 on a beat bordered by Armitage Avenue on the north, North Avenue on the south, Wood Street on the east, and Rockwell Street on the west.
When graffiti damage is greater than $300, taggers can be charged with felonies, Reyes explained, and both Castillo and Hinders have. The men are scheduled to appear in court Jan. 9.
On Dec. 16, reputed gang member David Jimenez, 22, was arrested in the 1600 block of North Oakley Street and accused of making a threat with a gun.
Four days before Jimenez's arrest, he was taken into police custody on a charge of "assault with threat," held and released on his own recognizance, police said. In that incident, Jimenez allegedly threatened a female victim with an ax.
Jimenez is scheduled to appear in court Jan. 10.