A woman who went to a West Side street to recover her stolen car wound up getting carjacked before she could drive it away, prosecutors said Friday. And the 18-year-old who allegedly hijacked the already stolen car at gunpoint has a long felony history in juvenile court.
The victim went to the 5000 block of West Erie around 2 p.m. on July 6 after learning that her stolen car was parked there. Prosecutors said the car had been “taken in an unrelated incident.”
As the 32-year-old woman inspected the car’s vehicle identification number to confirm it was hers, she heard someone behind her yell, “up them keys.” She turned around to discover 18-year-old Malik Boyd pointing a gun at her, Assistant State’s Attorney Brian Burkhardt said.
Boyd allegedly ordered the woman to drop her keys and then raised his gun as if he would pistol-whip her. He then ordered an accomplice to go through the woman’s pockets and used her keys to drive away with her car, Burkhardt said.
A friend of the victim who apparently found the stolen car on Erie just happened to take photos of the vehicle that showed Boyd and his accomplice going through the abandoned car about 30 minutes before she showed up to reclaim it, Burkhardt said.
Detectives recognized Boyd from those photos and included his mugshot in a photo line-up. The victim picked him out as one of the carjackers, Burkhardt said. Boyd lives directly across the alley from where the hijacking allegedly took place.
Police found the woman’s twice-stolen car on July 11, and officers arrested Boyd this week. He was carrying a loaded handgun when cops arrested him, Burkhardt said. Prosecutors charged Boyd with aggravated vehicular hijacking with a firearm and unlawful use of a weapon.
Burkhardt said Boyd was adjudicated delinquent five times as a juvenile, including gun cases in 2020 and 2019, escape from electronic monitoring and possession of a stolen motor vehicle.
Court records show Boyd was charged with manufacture of a controlled substance last month. During a June 3 bond hearing, prosecutors said Boyd, another adult, and a juvenile worked together to sell heroin on an East Garfield Park street. Boyd was accused of carrying about a half-ounce of heroin when police arrested him. Prosecutors dropped the case on June 25.
On Friday, Judge Mary Marubio ordered Boyd held without bail on the carjacking charges. He’s due back in court on July 23.