Paroled Loop carjacker busted with gun and lots of drugs at Argyle Red Line station, prosecutors say

Kelvin Agyapong (inset) was arrested at the Argyle Red Line station last Thursday. | CPD; Google

A Near West Side man on parole for carjacking a Loop hotel worker in 2017 is back in prison after cops allegedly caught him with a handgun and drugs at the Argyle Red Line station on Aug. 29.

Kelvin Agyapong’s parole was revoked by state officials after Cook County prosecutors last week charged him with a long list of new felonies.

In March 2017, a Blackstone Hotel employee was driving out of a parking garage on the 800 block of South Wabash when Agyapong and other men surrounded his car. The group beat the victim with a skateboard, robbed him of his athletic shoes, and drove away in his SUV.

After being arrested nearby, Agyapong was charged with Class X felony aggravated vehicular hijacking and Class X felony armed robbery along with felony counts of burglary, aggravated battery, and unlawful restraint. Prosecutors struck a plea deal in which Agyapong pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of vehicular hijacking while all other charges were dropped. Judge William Hooks sentenced him to four years in prison with 350 days credit for time served, and Agyapong was paroled last October.

Patrol officers stopped the 20-year-old around 7 p.m. last Thursday after he was seen “walking and carrying a substance,” at the Argyle CTA station, 1118 West Argyle, according to a police department spokesperson.

Cops found more than just a substance, according to prosecutors. Agyapong is charged with six felonies: armed violence, being a felon on parole in possession of a firearm; carrying a firearm in public; manufacture-delivery of cocaine; manufacture-delivery of heroin; and manufacture-delivery of cannabis. Misdemeanor charges of resisting police and obstructing identification were also filed.

Agyapong was returned to Stateville Correctional Center on Tuesday after authorities revoked his parole and set a new release date of October 19, 2020. He’s due back in court on the new charges Sept. 26.

Update November 9, 2021 — Agyapong pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to court records. In exchange, prosecutors dropped a charge of Class X armed habitual criminal. Judge Lauren Edidin oversaw the case.

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