Gas station fender bender turned into beatdown, carjacking: prosecutors

CHICAGO — A little fender bender at a Chicago gas station devolved into a beatdown and carjacking, prosecutors say.

It all started when a 58-year-old man accidentally hit the back end of Angel Manzano-Velazquez’s 2006 Pontiac G6 at a service station on January 14, according to prosecutors.

Surveillance cameras recorded the accident and allegedly showed Manzano-Velazquez demanding money from the victim to cover damages, but the man didn’t have any. A 17-year-old boy who was with Manzano-Velazquez battered the victim until Manzano-Velazquez intervened, officials said.

Manzano-Velazquez agreed to follow the victim to the victim’s home so he could get money for the pay-off. The juvenile rode in the victim’s car, just in case he got any funny ideas.

Angel Manzano-Velazquez (Chicago Police Department)

After the victim paid Manzano-Velazquez $190, the juvenile jumped into the man’s 2006 Chevy Impala and drove away, according to prosecutors. Manzano-Velazquez left with the cash.

Chicago cops tracked down Manzano-Velazquez’s car and found him in the driver’s seat. They said he admitted to participating in the carjacking. Prosecutors charged him with vehicular hijacking and robbery.

Judge Charles Beach, noting that Manzano-Velazquez is on probation for aggravated battery of a peace officer and criminal damage to property, said he didn’t think Manzano-Velazquez would abide by any pretrial release conditions. So, the judge ordered him into custody as a safety threat.

The 17-year-old is charged with robbery, possessing a stolen motor vehicle, and aggravated battery in a public place. No other information is available about him because juvenile records are shielded from the public.

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