Man carjacked driver at gunpoint a month after being arrested on gun charge: prosecutors

CHICAGO — Prosecutors have charged a 19-year-old Chicago man with carjacking a driver at gunpoint while on pretrial release for a pending misdemeanor gun case.

Noting that Yenajae Liddell “was just put on pretrial release for a misdemeanor gun offense last month, in October,” Judge Ankur Srivastava ordered Liddell jailed to await trial.

Around 4:30 a.m. on November 20, Liddell and two accomplices were “lying in wait” for the 56-year-old victim in the 5400 block of South Laflin, prosecutors said in their detention petition.

Liddell pointed a gun at the man’s head, and a second hijacker displayed a firearm, too, as they ordered the victim from his Hyundai Santa Fe, officials said. After Liddell forced the man to surrender his money and phone, one of the carjackers slid into the driver’s seat while Liddell and the other man jumped in the passenger side, prosecutors continued.

Chicago police officers responding to the victim’s 911 call saw the Santa Fe traveling on Garfield Boulevard. They popped a U-turn and noticed a BMW SUV was following it, according to Liddell’s arrest report.

Yenajae Liddell | Chicago Police Department

The Hyundai eventually stopped in an alley. Liddell ran from the front passenger seat, police said. They arrested him in a nearby gangway.

Devariae Burns, 18, allegedly bolted from the driver’s seat. Cops arrested him in a yard.

Burns told officers that he had been ordered to exit the black BMW trail car and get into the Hyundai, police said in his arrest records. He said he stopped the Hyundai because he didn’t want to speed away from the police, even though Liddell “was demanding him to keep driving,” the reports said.

Prosecutors charged Burns with possession of a stolen motor vehicle. He was released from custody to await trial.

On October 16, just over a month before the carjacking, Chicago police arrested Liddell at a gas station in the 11100 block of South Langley. In that arrest report, officers said the plates on Liddell’s car were expired, so they approached his vehicle.

During the interaction, Liddell told the officers something to the effect of “You can search the car if you want,” the officers said in the report. They took advantage of the invitation and found a cross-body bag in the back seat containing a loaded handgun with an extended ammunition magazine, the report said.

He was charged with misdemeanor firearm possession and released. The case is still pending.

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