5 years for carjacker who lost fight with 60-year-old victim in the Loop

CHICAGO — A Hazelcrest man who allegedly tried to carjack a 60-year-old in downtown Chicago, only to find himself pinned to the ground by the spry sexagenarian, has been sentenced to five years for the incident.

Jayln Moore, 22, pleaded guilty to unlawful vehicular invasion this month before Judge Pamela Stratigakis, court records show. He’ll receive the state’s standard 50% sentence reduction for good behavior plus 682 days of credit earned before pleading. His parole date is set for February 16.

The victim was using his phone inside his car in the 300 block of South Wabash on the afternoon of December 11, 2020, when Moore opened the driver’s door and began punching the man in the face, prosecutors said.

As Moore pulled the man from his car, the driver fought back, wrestled Moore to the ground, and pinned him to the pavement, prosecutors explained. Passersby flagged down a Chicago police unit, and officers took Moore into custody—after the victim released his pin hold.

Jayln Moore | Chicago Police Department

Prosecutors say Moore admitted that he tried to take the victim’s vehicle because it “looked like a nice car.” The hijacking attempt was captured on surveillance video.

Moore initially posted a relatively low bond of $1,000 to go home, but he failed to show up for a court date in August 2021, according to court records. He remained in custody after officials caught up with him about a month later.

Prosecutors dropped charges of attempted vehicular hijacking of a senior citizen and aggravated battery of a senior citizen in their plea deal with Moore.

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