Man charged with violent carjackings in River North, West Loop this month

Caleb Morales | CPD

An Auburn Gresham man is responsible for two violent carjackings this month, police said. A physician was injured during one of the crimes in River North. And a child was slammed to the ground in the other hijacking in the West Loop.

Prosecutors today charged 20-year-old Caleb Morales with two felony counts of vehicular hijacking.

Police said Morales was identified as the offender who entered a doctor’s Porsche Cayenne on the 300 block of West Illinois around 2:45 p.m. on Jan. 5 and tried to force the victim from the driver’s seat while implying that he had a weapon. Morales sped away with the car while the woman was still halfway inside, police said, causing her to be thrown from the vehicle. 

An ambulance transported the woman, 53, to Rush Hospital for treatment.

Then, shortly before 1 p.m. on Sunday, Morales entered a Ford Escape in the 1400 block of West Fulton and forced the occupants—including two children—from the vehicle at gunpoint, police said.

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One of the children was slammed to the ground before Morales sped away with the car, according to a CPD statement.

Morales is due in bond court on Wednesday afternoon.