CHICAGO — A Chicago man turned the tables on an armed carjacker who forced him out of his car at gunpoint Tuesday morning: He walked into his nearby home, fetched his own firearm, and forced the carjacker out of his vehicle at gunpoint.
That’s according to a Chicago police report documenting the arrest of 18-year-old Darrius Berry.
Officers responding to a call of a “citizen holding an offender” in the 9400 block of South Laflin arrived to find the 39-year-old carjacking victim holding Berry at gunpoint in the street at 6:28 a.m., the report said.
They detained Berry and asked the man what happened.
He explained that he was sitting in his 2021 Mazda CX9 when Berry walked up to his driver’s window and pointed a gun at his head.
“Please give me the keys,” Berry told him, according to the report. “I need your car. I’m sorry, sir… Go in the house.”
The victim complied, handed over his keys, and entered his house.
Once he was inside, he grabbed his own gun. Then he went back outside. Berry was sitting behind the steering wheel of the Mazda with a firearm on the passenger seat, the report said.
“If you reach for it, I’ll blow your head off,” the man recalled telling Berry.
He then opened the door to his car, grabbed Berry by the collar, and pulled him to the ground, the report continued.
“Who’s with you?” he asked Berry, thinking there may be accomplices.
“He’s around the corner,” Berry reportedly replied. But the victim said he never saw anyone else.
The cops recovered the firearm Berry allegedly left on the Mazda’s passenger seat. The report said it had been stolen from a vehicle in the 1400 block of West 90th Street on November 28.
Judge Susana Ortiz detained Berry at the request of prosecutors.
He is charged with aggravated vehicular hijacking with a firearm, misdemeanor possession of a firearm, misdemeanor driving without a license, and traffic infractions. Police also cited him for driving in reverse under unsafe conditions and operating an uninsured motor vehicle.