CHICAGO — A Cook County judge has held a Chicago man without bail after prosecutors accused him of carjacking a BMW in West Town while a woman and her 9-month-old son were inside the vehicle.
Landon Young Jr., 18, is charged with aggravated vehicular hijacking with a passenger under 16, aggravated kidnapping of a child under 13, kidnapping, and aggravated fleeing.
The 30-year-old woman and her son were in the BMW X5 outside their home in the 2200 block of West Erie when Young hijacked the car around 2 p.m. Monday, September 4, according to a Chicago police arrest report. Young sped down the street with the BMW and stopped at the end of the block to let the woman and child get out of the vehicle, the report said.
He continued driving but was quickly located by Chicago police through license plate readers and CPD’s helicopter unit. Cops tracked the car until it crashed near Harlem and Jackson in Oak Park a short time later.
Oak Park police officers arrested four people who ran from the wreckage, including Young, the report continued.
During questioning by Chicago police detectives, Young allegedly admitted to getting out of a car and stealing the BMW but added that he did not know people were inside the vehicle. He told police that he let the victims out and then picked up three people in the BMW before heading to Oak Park, the CPD report said.
Young had an outstanding warrant for criminal trespass to a vehicle at the time of the alleged carjacking. In that case, police said they saw him exit the driver’s side of a stolen Chevy Equinox and run away on March 9. He was arrested and released from the police station on a recognizance bond less than five hours later. Court records show a warrant was issued for his arrest on May 5, apparently after he failed to show up for a hearing.
Judge Kelly McCarthy granted the state’s no-bail request for the carjacking and kidnapping case.