‘Brazenly proud’ hijacker recorded brag video after taking car at gunpoint, officials say

Elijah Manning | Chicago Police Department

CHICAGO — A Cook County judge jailed a 19-year-old man on carjacking charges, citing his “brazenly proud” behavior in the moments following the hijacking as one reason he should not be released to await trial.

Moments after Elijah Manning robbed and carjacked two men, he quickly got on his phone to film a video of himself behind the wheel, bragging he had the “keys to this b**ch,” Judge Charles Beach noted in his detention order.

Manning, of Brookfield, and an accomplice pulled a gun on two men, ages 19 and 20, in the 7000 block of South Hermitage shortly after midnight on November 13, prosecutors told the judge.

After getting the victims’ wallets and keys, Manning allegedly drove away with the 20-year-old’s Infiniti G37.

He almost immediately filmed that braggadocious video, footage prosecutors would use against him. Later, a surveillance video recorded him using one of the victims’ credit cards at a suburban store, prosecutors said.

Beach, the judge, also pointed to Manning’s criminal history as a reason he should be kept in jail on the allegations. As a juvenile in 2019, Manning was arrested for illegal firearm possession, the judge wrote, adding that while the gun case was pending, Manning picked up a robbery charge.

Chicago police officers arrested Manning at his home this week to face charges of armed robbery and aggravated vehicular hijacking with a firearm.

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