BMW carjacked in South Loop is recovered after cops find man filling its tires with air, prosecutors say

A man is facing felony charges after police allegedly noticed him pumping air into the tires of an Audi that was carjacked last week in the South Loop. Three juveniles who fled the car have been charged with misdemeanors.

At around 3 p.m. on Friday, September 2, three men took the victim’s 2018 BMW at gunpoint in the 1300 block of South Michigan. The victim did not get a good look at the hijackers’ faces because they were all wearing face masks with hoodies up.

Chicago police began tracking the stolen car using the city’s license plate reader network, and cops located the vehicle outside a gas station in the 6700 block of South Jeffery around 6:30 p.m. A man was inflating the tires.

Rayshaun Chaney was allegedly spotted with the stolen car at a gas station in the 6700 block of South Jeffery. | CPD; Google

When officers turned on their blue lights, the car sped off, then crashed about a block away. Four people ran from the vehicle.

Rashawn Chaney was apprehended by police while attempting to scale a fence, according to prosecutor Christopher Nugarus. Officers also found a loaded handgun on the ground as they arrested him, Nugarus said. Cops also arrested the other three people who allegedly ran from the BMW.

Chaney allegedly admitted to driving the BMW and knowing that it was stolen. He is charged with possessing a stolen motor vehicle, but prosecutors did not charge him with possessing the gun that police allegedly found near him.

Nugarus said he was adjudicated delinquent in 2018 for armed robbery and two unlawful use of weapons cases.

Judge Mary Marubio ordered Chaney to post a $5,000 deposit toward bail to get out of jail on electronic monitoring.

Three juveniles who fled the BMW have been charged with misdemeanor criminal trespass to a vehicle. Two of them are 17 years old, and the third is 15 years old, according to a CPD spokesperson.

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