VIDEO: Boystown carjacker throws woman to ground; Charges filed

Gary Johnson (inset) and a video grab of the victim being thrown from her car. | IDOC; Provided

CWBChicago today secured video that shows a 61-year-old woman being thrown from her vehicle by a carjacker early Tuesday morning in Boystown. And a parolee was today charged with the crime.

Prosecutors say 28-year-old Gary E. Johnson pulled the woman from her car as she waited for a family member outside of Charlie’s Chicago, a nightclub at 3726 North Broadway around 2:30 a.m. on Tuesday. Johnson sped from the scene and crashed the woman’s 2005 Pontiac Grand Prix a short time later as police tried to pull him over in the 3000 block of North Clark Street, police said.

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Surveillance video provided to CWBChicago shows the victim sitting in her car at a bus stop that is located in a CTA turn-around at 3724 North Broadway. A man is seen stepping out of the bus stop and walking around the back of the woman’s car. He opens the woman’s driver’s door, pulls her from her seat and throws her from the vehicle, causing her to fall to the pavement as a witness looks on.

The bus turn-around is seen on Google Streetview. | Google

Johnson is charged with felony vehicular hijacking, felony aggravated fleeing and multiple traffic violations. Judge John Lyke ordered him held without bail.

State records showed that Johnson was wanted by the Illinois Department of Corrections at the time of his arrest for failing to abide by the terms of his parole. He was released early from prison on Jan. 11th after serving part of a two-year sentence that he received in 2018 for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

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