Man carjacked driver at gunpoint in the South Loop (while wearing an ankle monitor for a pending gun case), prosecutors say

Angel Tanguma | Multiplottr; Chicago Police Department

CHICAGO — Prosecutors say Angel Tanguma carjacked a driver at gunpoint inside a South Loop parking garage on September 21—one month after a judge released him on an ankle monitor to await trial for allegedly carrying a gun in the neighborhood.

The 33-year-old victim was inside a garage in the 1100 block of South State when Tanguma walked up and put a gun in his face around 8:40 p.m., according to prosecutors. He ordered the man to hand over valuables and forced him to reveal his phone PIN before driving away with the victim’s Honda Civic, prosecutors said in a pre-trial detention filing.

About two hours later, a Chicago police license plate reader spotted the hijacked car in the Loop. When they found it in traffic in the 500 block of South State, an officer put a tire deflation device under one of its wheels.

But the driver ran over the device and kept going. Police said Tanguma bolted out of the car’s rear seat when the vehicle stopped at Monroe and Wabash. They arrested him nearby.

According to prosecutors, Tanguma identified himself in a surveillance image from the parking garage where the hijacking occurred.

In a handwritten note supporting his decision to hold Tanguma as a public safety threat, Judge Charles Beach noted that video showed Tanguma putting on a mask before the carjacking.

Chicago cops noted in Tanguma’s arrest report that he was wearing an electronic monitoring bracelet on his right ankle when they took him into custody.

He was given the ankle monitor on August 22 after prosecutors charged him with felony unlawful use of a weapon.

The gun charge stemmed from an incident in the South Loop on August 21.

A 911 caller who reported seeing a man with a gun in the area rode around the South Loop in a patrol car to see if they could spot the armed man, police said.

When they reached the 1200 block of South Indiana, the witness pointed to Tanguma. The cops got out, patted him down, and found an unloaded ghost gun in his waistband, according to CPD’s arrest report.

Tanguma allegedly told officers he carried the gun for protection and pointed out that it wasn’t loaded.

Judge William Fahy released him on his own recognizance the next day with a curfew from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. daily, court records show. The ankle monitor was attached to Tanguma’s leg to help enforce the curfew.

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