Update: Suspect in armed robbery, rape, and kidnapping of Uber driver is in custody

Police and US Marshals apprehended a violent gang member who was being sought in connection with the armed robbery, rape, and kidnapping of an Uber driver in the southwest suburbs, according to a source.

Andrew Anania has not yet been charged with any crime related to the incident, but Summit Police issued a bulletin to law enforcement agencies this week in which he was said to have been “positively identified” as the attacker. The bulletin also said there was probable cause to arrest Anania.

According to a law enforcement source, Ananaia barricaded himself for a short time in Chicago on Saturday evening before surrendering to federal agents as well as cops from Summit, Stickney, and CPD,

The Summit Police bulletin said an armed man ordered an Uber to pick him up from a Mexican restaurant in suburban Darien on Monday and then held the driver at gunpoint while forcing her to drive to Summit.

There, he sexually assaulted the woman in the back seat of her vehicle before forcing her to drive to Stickney. He raped her again upon arrival and then forced her to drive into Chicago, where he robbed her of cash and got out near the 2400 block of South Albany in Little Village, according to the alert.

The “be on the lookout” message from Summit authorities said Anania had been “positively identified” as the attacker.

In 2014, Anania was charged with murdering a 16-year-old boy, but he pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder in exchange for a ten-year sentence that was reduced by 50% and then largely off-set by time served while awaiting trial, according to court records.

Less than two years after he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, Chicago police arrested him again in 2019 while he was still on parole.

According to that arrest report, Anania pulled a firearm out of his waistband and threw it as he ran from cops who tried to arrest him for a parole violation near the 2400 block of South Albany.

Cops caught him, then backtracked and found a loaded handgun in the gangway next to where he was arrested, police said. A grand jury later approved eight felony gun charges. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago subsequently charged Anania with a federal gun violation. That case is pending, according to court records.

CWBChicago will publish updates as this matter develops.

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