Federal jury convicts man of carrrrrrrghjacking an off-duty cop in Edgewater

Update December 14, 2021 — U.S. District Judge Matthew Kennelly sentenced Jamar Jarvis to ten years in prison.


A federal jury has convicted a man of carjacking an off-duty Chicago police officer in the Edgewater neighborhood three years ago.

Jamar Jarvis, 21, was found guilty of carjacking and brandishing a firearm in connection with a carjacking on Friday, according to court records. He faces a minimum sentence of seven years for the gun charge and up to 15 years for carjacking, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago. Sentencing is scheduled for December 13.

Jamar Jarvis and the approximate location of the carjacking. | US Attorney’s Office; Multiplottr

Early on October 18, 2018, a 47-year-old CPD officer was parking her Lexus SUV on the 5800 block of North Winthrop when a group of men approached her. One of the offenders was pointing a handgun at her, police said at the time.

The crew demanded the officer’s car, took her keys, and then all five robbers climbed into her vehicle and drove away, according to a statement from the police department.

Officers working in the Town Hall (19th) Police District became aware of the carjacking and intercepted the vehicle several minutes later in the 4700 block of North Lake Shore Drive. The Town Hall officers followed the stolen Lexus south until members of the FBI’s Carjacking Task Force and the Chicago Police Department helicopter unit joined them.

Officers pulled the vehicle over in the 5500 block of South Lake Shore Drive and then chased the occupants on foot. Cops found a gun inside the stolen car.

Left to right: Jamaal Ashsaheed, Javion Bush; and Raynell Lanford have all pleaded guilty to federal charges in connection with the carjacking, officials said. | CPD

Jarvis, three other adults, and a juvenile were arrested and charged in state court. The U.S. Attorney’s Office took the adults’ cases to federal court in May 2019.

Raynell Lanford, 21, Jamall Ashsaheed, 22, and Javion Bush, 21, have all pleaded guilty to federal charges in connection with the case. Authorities said that Lanford and Ashsaheed were accused of participating in the actual carjacking while Bush provided assistance after the crime.

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