Woman carjacked after dropping child off at Wicker Park summer camp

Two men carjacked a woman outside an entrance to Wicker Park Monday morning, according to police and prosecutors. One man got away, but the other — who was AWOL while on bail for a vehicular invasion case — is in custody.

Isaac Johnson | CPD

The victim was returning to her car on the 1500 block of North Damen after walking her child to the Wicker Park Field House when two men tried to grab her purse at 9:45 a.m., according to CPD spokesperson Kellie Bartoli.

The woman, age 45, fought back, but 19-year-old Isaac Johnson grabbed control of her keys and got into her blue Volvo, prosecutors said. Then, the other offender got into her car’s back seat and pointed a gun at her, according to allegations made in bond court.

A witness who saw the confrontation started to intervene, but they backed off when the victim said one of the men had a gun, prosecutors said.

Johnson and the other man sped away with the woman’s car, followed by a black SUV that was occupied by other offenders, according to Bartoli.

Less than an hour later, cops found the woman’s car in a parking lot on the 4100 block of West Roosevelt with Johnson in the passenger seat, police said. He ran, but officers chased him down.

After being advised of his Miranda rights, Johnson told police that the other offender had the gun and took the woman’s keys, prosecutors said. But he did admit to entering the woman’s car.

Prosecutors charged Johnson with Class X felony aggravated vehicular hijacking with a firearm and filed a violation of bail bond petition against him. Johnson was also served with an escape warrant.

Judge Mary Marubio ordered Johnson held without bail on the escape warrant. She also ordered him held without bail for violating the terms of bail in his pending vehicular invasion case. The judge set bail in Monday’s carjacking at $500,000.

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