Carjacking team accidentally left one gunman behind as cops moved in, prosecutors say

The age-old adage “leave no man behind” apparently does not apply to Chicago’s carjacking squads.

Prosecutors on Wednesday said Chicago police officers rolled upon an armed hijacking in progress early Tuesday and the carjacking team sped away in two hijacked vehicles. 

Well, most of the carjacking team did.

They allegedly left Jashaun Wallace behind. He is now being held without bail.

A CPD license plate reader detected a freshly-hijacked Ford Edge near the 8700 block of South Halsted around 1 a.m. Tuesday, and patrol officers flooded the area in search of the vehicle.

In a stroke of remarkable timing, a couple of officers spotted the hijacked car at the intersection of 87th and Vincennes, where it was being used in another carjacking, prosecutors said.

Jashaun Wallace | CPD

The car was blocking the path of a woman’s Infiniti at the red light. Three men got out of the Edge and all three pointed guns at her while ordering her out of the car.  They opened the doors and forced her out, just as the cops were pulling up, according to officials.

Almost all of the carjackers fled in the woman’s Infiniti and the Edge. But lonely Jashaun Wallace, wearing a ski mask on his head and latex gloves on his hands, was left behind, prosecutors said. He was allegedly holding a loaded pistol with a laser sight and an extended magazine attached.

Wallace tried to run away and ditched the gun but cops arrested him “immediately,” a prosecutor said during his bail hearing Wednesday afternoon. The cops found the gun nearby.

According to his defense attorney, he just graduated from high school, lives with his mother, and has no prior convictions.

Judge Barbara Dawkins granted the state’s request for no bail.

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