River North: Michigan man tried to carjack 2 drivers in 5 minutes, prosecutors say

A Michigan man tried to carjack two drivers in River North on Sunday morning, but failed both times, prosecutors said. Christin Tauriainen, age 20, is charged with two counts of attempted vehicular hijacking.

First, Tauriainen approached a man who was opening the trunk of his car inside a garage on the 700 block of North State at 9:28 a.m., according to prosecutors.

Christin Tauriainen | CPD

“This is going to be my vehicle,” Tauriainen allegedly said. “I’m crazy.”

The victim told police he left his trunk open and ran away because he thought Tauriainen was going to attack him. Tauriainen was then seen walking out of the garage.

Less than five minutes later, Tauriainen approached two people who were sitting in a car at 1 West Superior, prosecutors said.

“Get the f*ck out of the car,” Tauriainen allegedly demanded as he opened the passenger-side door.

But the victim in the passenger seat slammed the door closed, and the driver sped away. They flagged down a police officer nearby, and cops detained Tauriainen based on descriptions provided by the victims. All three victims later identified Tauriainen as the would-be carjacker, according to prosecutors.

Judge John Lyke set bail at $100,000. Tauriainen will need to post a $10,000 deposit bond to get out of jail.

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