19-year-old with 3 juvenile carjacking adjudications this year had a gun during traffic stop, prosecutor say

Chicago — A 19-year-old man who was adjudicated delinquent in juvenile court for three carjackings this year and illegal gun possession in 2021 was found carrying a gun during a traffic stop in Chicago this week, prosecutors said.

Jamarrie Armstrong was ordered to pay a $3,000 bail deposit to get out of jail on charges of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and possession of cannabis by Judge Kelly McCarthy.

Jamarrie Armstrong | Chicago Police Department

Chicago cops saw five passengers climb into an Uber driver’s Kia and pulled the car over for safety and seatbelt violations Tuesday, prosecutor Rhianna Biernat said. She said that some of the four passengers who sat in the car’s back seat appeared to be of school age.

Officers asked everyone to step out of the car, and officers noticed that Armstrong kept his left arm stiff and at his side as he moved, according to Biernat. A loaded handgun allegedly fell to the ground when cops asked Armstrong to put his hands behind his back.

While Armstrong has not been arrested since his 18th birthday, he was sentenced to a year in juvenile detention for one of his three carjacking adjudications this year, Biernat said. He received probation for a juvenile gun case in 2021.

Armstrong’s defense attorney said he lives in Bloomington with his mother.

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