Chicago man committed attempted murder, two carjackings, and an armed robbery in about 3 hours, prosecutors say

CHICAGO — A 19-year-old Chicago man is charged with committing an attempted murder, two carjackings, an armed robbery, and an attempted carjacking in a single morning, just three weeks after he received probation for driving a carjacked vehicle in the Loop.

In September 2022, Chicago police spotted a Nissan Versa in the 600 block of South State that had been carjacked from a 65-year-old man in the 5100 block of West Kinzie, according to a CPD report. Cops joined state troopers in pursuing the car, and they eventually arrested the driver, 19-year-old Lennie Myles.

Last month, on November 13, he pleaded guilty to possessing a stolen motor vehicle and aggravated battery of a police officer in exchange for two years of probation and 40 hours of community service from Judge Timothy Joyce, according to court records.

First, Myles carjacked a 30-year-old man at gunpoint in the 5100 block of West Ferdinand around 7:30 a.m., prosecutors say. Myles lives on that same block.

Moments later, he allegedly pushed a gun into a 16-year-old boy’s chest and ordered him to take off his jacket and shoes during a robbery in the 5100 block of West Kinzie. Coincidentally, that’s the same block where the stolen car he was caught driving had been carjacked.

Lennie Myles | Chicago Police Department; Multiplottr

Then, around 8:20 a.m., he slid into a 40-year-old woman’s Honda Pilot in the 5200 block of West Ohio and ordered her to get out of the vehicle at gunpoint, according to prosecutors.

Finally, around 10 a.m., Myles pointed a handgun at a 62-year-old man in the 500 block of North Leamington, prosecutors said. He ordered the man to surrender his keys and stated, “I’m going to kill you,” prosecutors claim.

The man closed a gate on Myles and called 911. Chicago police officers arrested Myles nearby after a short foot chase.

He is charged with attempted murder, two counts of aggravated vehicular hijacking with a firearm, attempted aggravated vehicular hijacking with a firearm, armed robbery with a firearm, and misdemeanor resisting police.

Judge William Fahy, noting that Myles is accused of committing four separate violent felonies against four different victims in a single day, ordered Myles to be detained as a public safety threat.

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