A 60-year-old man fought off and pinned a 19-year-old carjacker in the Loop on Friday afternoon, prosecutors said. And on Saturday, a Cook County judge told the accused hijacker that he could go home by posting just $1,000 bond.
The victim was using his phone inside his parked car on the 300 block of South Wabash, around 1:20 p.m. when Jayln Moore opened the driver’s door and began punching the man in his face, prosecutors said.
Moore allegedly ordered the man to get out of the car as he crawled into the vehicle and continued to beat the sexagenarian with his fists. As Moore pulled the man from his car, the driver fought back, wrestled Moore to the ground, and pinned him to the pavement, prosecutors alleged.
Passersby flagged down a Chicago police unit, and officers took Moore into custody — after the victim released his pin hold, of course.
Moore, of Hazel Crest, is charged with felony attempted vehicular hijacking and felony unlawful vehicular invasion.
Prosecutors say Moore admitted that he tried to take the victim’s vehicle because it “looked like a nice car.” The incident was reportedly captured on surveillance video.
But Moore had much better luck in bond court than he did on Wabash Avenue. After hearing the state’s allegations against Moore, Judge David Navarro set his bail at $10,000. Moore will need to post a 10% deposit bond of just $1,000 to go home.
Carjacking reports are up about 125% in Chicago this year compared to 2019.