Man shot by off-duty Chicago cop during a carjacking attempt was on bail for driving a hijacked car in August: prosecutors

Kendrick Anderson (August 2022) | CPD

An 18-year-old man who was shot by an off-duty Chicago police officer when he and two others allegedly tried to carjack her on Thursday was on bond for allegedly driving another hijacked car in August, according to court records.

Kendrick Anderson was also arrested last month for misdemeanor criminal trespass to a vehicle, and officials said he was adjudicated delinquent twice as a juvenile for charges related to stolen vehicles.

On August 2, Chicago police were maintaining surveillance on a hijacked car parked in the 5100 block of South Paulina when Anderson climbed into the driver’s seat, and four other people joined him as passengers, prosecutors said.

Cops tried to pull him over, but he reversed down the street at high speed, crashed into a parked car, and flipped the hijacked vehicle over, according to prosecutors. The parked car slammed into a Chicago police patrol car.

Officers arrested Anderson, allegedly as he tried to climb out of the driver’s seat.

Prosecutors charged him with possessing a stolen motor vehicle, driving while never having been issued a license, and criminal damage to government property. Officials said he posted a $9,000 deposit toward bail to get out of jail in August.

A little less than a month later, on September 21, Chicago police charged Anderson with misdemeanor criminal trespass to a vehicle. About six hours later, he was given a recognizance bond and let go from the CPD station in South Chicago.

Then, just after 6 p.m. Thursday, an off-duty Chicago police officer was sorting paperwork while standing outside her SUV when Anderson and two other people approached her from behind and boxed her in, prosecutors said Saturday.

One of the other robbers pointed a gun at the woman’s chest and demanded her property as Anderson allegedly patted her down. Anderson tried to enter the driver’s seat of the woman’s SUV, and one of the other offenders took her purse, prosecutors said.

The off-duty officer eventually created distance between herself and the three offenders. She then drew her gun and fired. Anderson was shot in the leg. One of the other robbers fired toward the officer as they ran away.

Surveillance cameras recorded much of the incident. 

Prosecutors said the other two robbers dropped Anderson off at Trinity Hospital and drove away. A security guard took a picture of their getaway car’s license plate, and police determined it was stolen on Wednesday in Countryside.

Prosecutors said Anderson was only wearing one boot when he arrived at the hospital. A matching boot was found at the carjacking scene.

Investigators tracked the getaway car down within an hour. A prescription bottle belonging to the officer was inside the vehicle. Police found Anderson’s fingerprints on the officer’s SUV, too, according to prosecutors.

He is charged with attempted vehicular hijacking while armed with a firearm. During his August bail hearing, a public defender said he was a high school senior and a ward of the state.

Judge Barbara Dawkins ordered him held without bail for violating bond conditions in the August stolen motor vehicle case. She set bail for the new charge at $7 million, which will require a deposit of $700,000. Dawkins was prohibited by law from holding Anderson without bail for the hijacking allegations because he was still hospitalized on Saturday and did not attend the hearing in person.

Two juveniles, ages 15 and 16, who were with the stolen getaway car face stolen motor vehicle charges, but they are not accused of being involved in the hijacking attempt. Prosecutors said they were not wearing the same clothes as the two at-large carjackers.

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