Four adults and a juvenile have been charged with carjacking an off-duty Chicago police officer in the Edgewater neighborhood early Thursday and attempting a second carjacking nearby.
The 47-year-old officer was parking her Lexus SUV in the 5800 block of North Winthrop shortly after midnight when she was approached by a group of men. One of the offenders was pointing a handgun at her, police said.
The crew demanded the woman’s vehicle, took her keys, and then all five robbers climbed into her car and drove away, according to a statement from the police department. About 30 minutes later, an Uptown man reported that four offenders tried to carjack him at gunpoint on Marine Drive between Montrose and Wilson. The man initially declined to file a police report.
Officers working in the Town Hall (19th) Police District became aware of the carjackings and intercepted the vehicle in the 4700 block of North Lake Shore Drive several minutes later.
The Town Hall officers followed the stolen Lexus south until they were joined by members of the FBI’s Carjacking Task Force and the Chicago Police Department helicopter unit.
Officers pulled the vehicle over in the 5500 block of South Lake Shore drive and then chased the occupants on foot. A gun was found inside the stolen car.
Charged with the crime are 18-year-olds Raynell Lanford, Javion Bush, and Jamar Jarvis; and 19-year-old Jamaal Ashshaheed. A 16-year-old male juvenile was also charged, police said.
The four adults are each charged with one felony count of aggravated vehicular hijacking with a firearm and felony attempted aggravated vehicular hijacking with a firearm. They were ordered held without bail on Saturday afternoon by Judge David Navarro. The juvenile is charged with felony unlawful use of a weapon by a person under age 21 and misdemeanor criminal trespass to a vehicle. Further information about his case is not available because it is shielded by law.
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