Man carjacked couple at gunpoint while on electronic monitoring for 2 robberies, officials say

CHICAGO — A Chicago man carjacked and robbed two people at gunpoint while on electronic monitoring for two pending robbery cases, officials say.

A 30-year-old man and a 25-year-old woman were outside their home in the 2400 block of West Polk around 8 p.m. on December 6 when two men approached and pointed a gun at them at close range.

The robbers took the couple’s valuables, including the woman’s purse, which held the keys to her 2012 Hyundai Elantra, according to court records. Both carjackers got into the woman’s vehicle and drove away.

Two days later, CPD’s carjacking unit learned that the woman’s Hyundai was exiting the Eisenhower Expressway at Kedzie. Cook County sheriff’s police quickly located it near the intersection of Homan and Harrison and allegedly saw Keshawn Stephenson, 18, pulling on the passenger door handle as they arrived.

Stephenson, who was wearing a ski mask, dropped the car’s keys when he saw the deputies, according to an arrest report completed by Chicago police officers. CPD surveillance video showed Stephenson parking the vehicle and exiting from the passenger side, the report said.

Keshawn Stephenson | Chicago Police Department

Surveillance cameras near the victims’ home showed he was walking in the area before the carjacking, which was itself caught on video, prosecutors said.

He is charged with two counts each of aggravated vehicular hijacking with a firearm, vehicular hijacking, armed robbery with a firearm, and armed robbery indicating the presence of a firearm.

Judge Maryam Ahmad ordered Stephens to be detained as a public safety threat, noting that he was on electronic monitoring for two robbery cases in juvenile court when the carjacking occurred.

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