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The tale of two faces of Chicago (both showed in one day)

   The tale of 2 faces of Chicago :

1) Face #1 :

A) Mom chasing stolen vehicle with baby inside

A man is in police custody Tuesday evening after he allegedly stole a vehicle with a baby inside on Chicago's West Side, police said.

A surveillance camera captured the frightening incident police say happened on a block of mom-and-pop businesses in the 5800-block of W. Roosevelt around 1:45 p.m. Tuesday.

The 34-year-old mother had stopped into a photo studio while her 12-month-old girl was being watched in the Volvo SUV by a 10-year-old cousin. Then, the video shows a man walking up and entering the vehicle.


Moments later, the 10-year-old gets out and runs into the photo studio to notify the mother. They both run out, appearing frantic, but it's too late as the SUV is seen turning the corner.

What happened next is simply extraordinary. The husband of the frightened mother said an employee of the photo studio got in her car and gave chase to the 900-block of South Menard, where police say the man dropped off the baby. The man was later arrested in the 4500-block of West Fulton, police said.

The family says they're grateful for that Good Samaritan and that their baby girl was unharmed.

Police say charges are pending against the 34-year-old man who was arrested. It's unclear if he knew initially that there was a baby in the vehicle.


One man was killed and three other men were wounded in a shooting Tuesday night in the Gage Park neighborhood on the Southwest Side, police said.

The four were sitting in a parked vehicle in the 2700 block of West 53rd Street at 11:08 p.m. when a red minivan pulled up and someone inside opened fire, according to Chicago Police.

One man, whose exact age was not known, was shot in the upper chest and was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. The Cook County medical examiner’s office could not immediately confirm the fatality.

An 18-year-old man was shot in the back and taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where his condition was stabilized, police said.

Another 18-year-old was shot in the back and a 19-year-old man suffered gunshot wounds to both arms and a graze wound to the head, police said. They were both taken to Stroger Hospital, where their conditions were stabilized.


A man already in jail for allegedly concealing the death of a woman in Roseland last year has been charged with her murder, police announced Tuesday night.

Arthur Cain, 53, faces one count of first-degree murder in connection with the asphyxiating death of 21-year-old Dominique Ferguson, police said.

He was charged with concealing Ferguson’s death last January after the woman’s body was found stuff into a suitcase in an alley in the Roseland neighborhood on Dec. 27, 2015.

Cain, 53, initially told police he got spooked when some children saw him lugging the suitcase down the alley so he ditched it in the 300 block of West 115 Street, prosecutors previously said. The children opened the suitcase and found Ferguson’s body.

Cain — who lived in the 300 block of West 116th Street, about a block from where the body was found — told police he knew Ferguson and “had a relationship with her,” prosecutors previously said. As of Tuesday night, Cain remained in the Cook County Jail.

He told police he “found the victim dead in his home and put her body in a suitcase,” prosecutors said. Ferguson lived in the 400 block of West 125th Place.

Cain was on parole for murder at the time of Ferguson’s death, according to the Illinois Department of Corrections records. He was sentenced to 70 years for a murder and armed robbery in 1980, but was paroled in May 2015.

Cain is scheduled to appear in bond court Wednesday.

Face # 2 :

At least 433 people are now confirmed dead after a massive earthquake struck Ecuador on Saturday.

For the first time, the defense ministry gave an estimate of the missing, putting that number at 231. President Obama called Ecuador's president to convey the condolences of the American people and to promise the U.S. will do all it can to help Ecuador recover.

As the death toll from Saturday's earthquake in Ecuador continues to rise, Ecuadorians living in the Chicago area are focusing on ways they can help those who need it most.

"My family from my husband's side is Ecuadorian," said Mariela Ortega. "I feel the pain."

It is estimated there are up to 80,000 Ecuadorians living in Illinois. Carlos House, the Consul General of Ecuador in Chicago, says that right now, their main priority is making sure their citizens can communicate with loved ones in the affected areas, while also coming up with an organized relief effort. Right now their strategy is two-fold.

"Monetary contributions through a bank account from the United Nations development program and also non-monetary contributions, meaning food, non-perishables, tents, lanterns," House said.

It was standing room only with a line outside the door as hundreds packed the Ecuadorian House in Chicago's Albany Park neighborhood Tuesday night to show support for Ecuador.

"We gathered in the spirits of solidarity in order to gather as much humanitarian aide as we can and to ship it as fast as we can," House said. "The response has been massive. Everyone is willing to help."

Ecuadorian business owners are also brainstorming how to help. Restaurant owners like La Humita's Nestor Correa are hoping to host an Ecuadorian cultural night, similar to one thrown last week when Ecuador's president was in Chicago, that would raise funds for those impacted by the earthquake.

"Most restaurants, we have musicians, we have people who work for us. We have been making calls to people working with us," Correa said.

Phone line for Ecuadorians in the U.S still looking for relatives: 1-844-668-4543

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