3 charged after stolen car crashes near Mag Mile

Update January 10, 2021 — Malik Winding pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful use of a weapon in exchange for a sentence of two-years probation, according to court records. Judge Thomas Hennelly oversaw the case.

Three adults who were arrested after their stolen car crashed in Streeterville this week have been charged with a long list of crimes. One of them was AWOL from electronic monitoring and “affordable bail” for two separate robberies, escape, and retail theft. And another was on affordable bail for felony retail theft.

Around 12:15 p.m. on Thursday, officers working near the Magnificent Mile spotted a stolen blue Toyota that was used by a shoplifting mob that stole $4,000 worth of purses from the Gucci store on Michigan Avenue one day earlier.

Officers followed the car and saw it crash into another vehicle moments later on the 1000 block of North Lake Shore Drive, according to a CPD statement. Five people who ran from the Toyota were detained by cops. Twitter user @smosher8 shared video of one arrest:

The driver of the other vehicle, a 21-year-old woman, was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital for chest pain. Her condition stabilized.

Three adults who were inside the stolen Toyota are charged with crimes, police said:

Eric Taylor | CPD

• 19-year-old Eric Taylor is charged with felony carjacking with a firearm and misdemeanor counts of criminal trespass to vehicle, reckless conduct, resisting police, and obstructing identification. Police said Taylor was identified as one of the armed men who carjacked and robbed a 33-year-old on the 6700 block of South Stoney Island on Dec. 21.

Taylor has been AWOL on a series of robbery and escape charges since November, according to court records.

On June 17, Taylor was charged with being part of a shoplifting mob that stole merchandise from Urban Outfitters, 1521 North Milwaukee. While he was in custody, officers also identified him as the driver of a getaway vehicle that was used in the robbery of a Streeterville man on the 1100 block of West Chicago about a week earlier, according to prosecutors.

Judge Arthur Wills released him on a recognizance bond with electronic monitoring the next day.

Taylor skipped his next court appearance on July 10 and prosecutors charged him with escape from electronic monitoring. He was found, then released on a $600 bond three weeks later.

On Oct. 16, police arrested Taylor after a woman identified him in a photo line-up as one of the offenders who robbed her in the 1700 block of West North Avenue on May 21. He went free by posting a $1,000 bond and Judge Charles Beach ordered him to go onto electronic monitoring.

Taylor never showed up in court for any of the cases again, court records show.

On Friday, a judge ordered Taylor to be held without bail on the new charges as well as the escape, retail theft, and two robbery cases that were already pending against him.

Malik Winding | CPD

• Malik Wilding, 20, is charged with felony receiving or possessing a stolen motor vehicle, battery, and traffic violations. Police said he ran from the crashed Toyota and fled into a luxury condo building on the first block of East Lake Shore Drive where he headbutted a doorman who refused to let him inside.

A judge set bail for Wilding at $25,000 and also ordered Wilding held without bail on a felony retail theft case that is pending against him.

In that case, prosecutors said Winding was part of a shoplifting mob that stole $2,745 worth of merchandise from Zara, 108 North State in September. Police said they found Winding and two other alleged thieves hiding under a vehicle in a nearby alley. Judge Arthur Willis released Winding on a recognizance bond the next day.

Tashaun Ross in 2017 | CPD

• Tashaun Ross, 21, is charged with misdemeanor criminal trespass to vehicle and misdemeanor obstruction of identification in connection with Thursday’s incident. Ross has been charged several times with retail theft in Cook County. A judge released her on her own recognizance.

Two other people who ran from the Toyota were being questioned by detectives. So far, none of the car’s occupants has been charged with last Wednesday’s Gucci heist.

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