|Police guard the abandoned, allegedly carjacked, taxi cab at
Waveland and Lake Shore Drive this morning.
UPDATE OCTOBER 21: Details of the court filing are up. Klemko did not escape unscathed.
Update 3:40PM: Misdemeanor battery and criminal trespass to vehicle charges have been filed.
Updated 10:43AM—Reliable police and media sources have told us that charges are filed. Thanks for your patience as we dot the i’s and cross the t’s to get it right.
The driver of Checker Cab 1331 was just doing his job when he drove some fares to Lakeview from Delaware Place early this morning.
Somewhere along the line, things took an unexpected turn.
The janitor of a highrise near Irving Park and Pine Grove called police at 12:55 this morning to report that the cabbie was in the building lobby, shaken, allegedly battered, and carjacked by his former passengers.
Police quickly located his cab, abandoned at Lake Shore Drive and Waveland. They also located and took into custody one of the alleged perpetrators: A moderately well-known sports reporter.
CWB is withholding the man’s name because charges have not yet been filed.
Evidence technicians are working the taxi over and detectives are pursuing the case. Police have classified the incident as vehicular hijacking in case HX472070.