2 charged after threatening woman with gun during catalytic converter theft, Chicago police say

Chicago — A man and a 15-year-old boy face felony charges for allegedly threatening a woman with a handgun while trying to steal her catalytic converter just west of Goose Island on Thursday afternoon, Chicago police said.

The victim’s car alarm went off in the 1300 block of West Crystal around 3:23 p.m., and she stepped outside to see what was going on, according to a CPD spokesperson. She saw a silver Infiniti parked next to her car and a man standing lookout.

Vahsean Davenport | Chicago Police Department

Police said the lookout displayed a gun while engaging in a “verbal altercation” with the woman. Moments later, a second person emerged from underneath her car. Both offenders fled in the Infiniti. The woman found that the catalytic converter on her car had been damaged, according to CPD.

Chicago police officers tracked the Infiniti until it became stuck in traffic on Lake Shore Drive near Chicago Avenue around 4:45 p.m. Officers arrested two occupants of the vehicle, Vahnsean Davenport, 20, and the juvenile, police said. Cops found severed catalytic converters inside the Infiniti, according to a law enforcement source.

Prosecutors charged Davenport with possessing a stolen motor vehicle, possession of ammunition, and theft of lost or mislaid property. The boy is charged with possessing a machine gun, unlawful possession of a stolen vehicle, and theft of lost or mislaid property.

More details about the case will emerge during Davenport’s bond hearing on Friday afternoon. CWB Chicago will post an updated story after the hearing concludes.