Four-Time Convicted Robber, On Parole Since November, Is Charged With North Side Carjacking

A winded-looking Elliott | Chicago Police Dept

A four-time convicted robbery offender who’s been on parole for less than two months is accused of trying to carjack a man in Albany Park.

And the arresting officers’ report paints a humorous picture of how the hardened con’s apprehension played out.

Cops said they were on their way to a “man with a gun” call around 8:15 p.m. on December 30 when they pulled up behind a Ford Explorer at a stop sign in the 3600 block of West Leland. The driver didn’t move the car even after the cops blasted their air horn repeatedly.

Suddenly, a 30-year-old man jumped out of the driver’s seat with his hands in the air and began walking toward the police car. “He has a gun,” the man said, referring to the man in his passenger seat.

As cops spoke with the apparent victim, an officer allegedly saw 42-year-old Thomas Elliott crawl slowly out of the passenger door as if he were trying to avoid detection. It didn’t work. When officers arrested Elliott after a brief foot chase, he was still wearing a black ski mask, cops said. A black replica handgun was recovered from the victim’s car.

According to the victim, he was driving in the 4600 block of North Monticello when Elliott—wearing a ski mask and a dark hoodie around his face—jumped into his passenger seat, pulled out a gun, and told him to “drive and give me all your money.”

The car had traveled less than a block when police drove up behind them.

Elliott, also known as Talmas Elliot, is charged with felony unlawful vehicular invasion; Class X felony robbery with a firearm; and Class X felony aggravated kidnaping-concealing identity.

The 42-year-old has a lengthy criminal record and was most recently paroled on November 8 after serving half of an eight-year sentence for aggravated robbery.

Before that, he received two concurrent eight-year sentences for separate robbery and armed robbery cases in 2007.

Then, there was a four-year sentence for aggravated robbery in 2001; two years for narcotics in 1996; and a concurrent four years for drugs in 1996. Elliott made his rookie prison debut in 1992 when he was handed a four-year sentence for burglary.

Cook County Judge John Lyke ordered Elliott held without bail.

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