Feds charged man with carjacking Lyft driver outside Sears Tower

Edmond Harris | CPD

Federal prosecutors on Monday charged two men with carjacking a rideshare driver at gunpoint outside the Sears Tower in January. The dramatic hijacking was captured on surveillance video.

According to authorities, Edmond Harris, 18, and Joshua Walker, 21, worked together to carjack the Lyft driver of his Mitsubishi Outlander as he waited for a passenger at 6:36 a.m. on January 20. Harris carjacked another driver later the same day in Oak Park, federal prosecutors said Monday.

The men are charged with federal carjacking and firearms violations. Both have pleaded not guilty.

Harris has been in federal custody since June when the U.S. Attorney’s Office charged him with murdering rideshare driver Javier Ramos during a carjacking in Lawndale on March 23.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said Harris faces a minimum sentence of 27 years if convicted and could be sentenced to death. Walker’s charges carry a minimum sentence of seven years and a maximum sentence of life in prison, the office said.

Chicago police in January linked the Sears Tower carjacking to a group of three or four armed men that committed violent crimes across the city and suburbs, including carjackings, shootings, and restaurant robberies.

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