Lakeview carjacker is on parole for 7 armed robberies, prosecutors say

A man on parole for seven armed robberies has been charged with carjacking a woman in Lakeview one year ago. Prosecutors filed the charges Friday after DNA testing allegedly linked Marquese Lance, 26, to a mask that police later found in the car.

Marquese Lance is charged with carjacking a woman as she waited for a parking space on the 600 block of West Irving Park. | CPD; Google

At 5:20 p.m. on February 9, 2021, an armed man ordered a 31-year-old woman out of her black Mercedes as she waited for a parking spot to open up on a residential driveway in the 600 block of West Irving Park, according to a CPD spokesperson.

Prosecutors said Lance approached the woman’s passenger window with a handgun and motioned for her to get out of the car by moving the gun while pressing it against the glass. She got out, and he sped away with the vehicle, striking a fence on Frontier Avenue before heading toward Lake Shore Drive, according to the allegations.

Cops found the woman’s car a few days later and recovered clothing and purse that did not belong to the victim. They sent it out for DNA testing. Lance’s DNA allegedly came back on a gaiter-style mask. The victim also identified Lance in a photo lineup, prosecutors said.

Lance received seven concurrent 13½-year sentences for armed robberies in 2013. He was on parole for those at the time of the hijacking and is still on parole, according to Illinois Department of Corrections records.

Judge Charles Beach set bail at $150,000, meaning Lance must post $15,000 to get out of jail.

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