They robbed a man together in 2018 — now, they’re accused of pulling off a carjacking together, too

Isaiah McMiller (left) and Joseph Perry in 2018. | CPD

Two men who received luxurious plea deals after they robbed a man on the Far North Side in 2018 are now charged with carjacking a man together in Lincoln Park.

About a month ago, we told you that prosecutors charged Joseph Perry, age 21, with carjacking the driver as the victim sat on the 900 block of West Armitage. On Tuesday, prosecutors alleged that Perry’s accomplice in the carjacking is Isaiah McMiller — who, coincidentally, was charged in 2018 with being Perry’s accomplice during a robbery in the West Ridge neighborhood.

Perry was charged in the carjacking case after members of CPD’s vehicular hijacking task force recognized him while he was in a police station for another matter last month, according to prosecutors.

During a bond hearing Tuesday, prosecutors said McMiller was one of the other two men who helped Perry pull the motorist out of his car and then drove the stolen vehicle to a suburban gas station where they used the victim’s credit cards.

Surveillance photos from the gas station are what helped cops recognized Perry at the police station — and the same images show McMiller in the gas station, too, according to allegations made Tuesday.

Judge David Navarro ordered McMiller held in lieu of $50,000 bail on the carjacking matter. McMiller will need to post a $5,000 deposit bond to get out of jail. His public defender said McMiller works as a private security guard.

The third carjacking suspect remains at large.

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In May 2018, a 54-year-old man told police Perry and McMiller were two members of a group that mugged him on the 2000 block of West Devon.  CPD bodycams recorded McMiller telling cops that “Joseph” had the victim’s stolen phone. 

Perry is also seen on bodycam footage telling cops, “I did not take the phone, but I was there…Isaiah  [McMiller] took it and gave it to me afterward.” Perry had the victim’s phone, police said.

Less than a month later, Judge Marvin Luckman accepted a guilty plea to reduced charges of theft from Perry and McMiller in exchange for sentences of 18-months court supervision and six days of community service, according to court records.

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