CHICAGO — Jacobie Jackson is facing carjacking charges, accused of beating up a driver and taking their car at a Logan Square gas station, mainly because he accidentally left his brother’s phone at the crime scene.
Jackson “randomly ambushed” the 36-year-old victim at the Shell service station, 3959 West Fullerton, early on January 13, officials said this week. And cops say he admitted to the crime after they took him into custody.
The victim stepped inside the service station and looked out moments later to see Jackson, 20, pounding on the back window of his 2003 Chevy Malibu, prosecutors said. He ran outside to confront Jackson, who threatened to shoot him if he didn’t give up his keys, the state’s detention petition said. No gun was seen, though.
Prosecutors said the victim fought with Jackson and fell to the ground, giving Jackson a chance to get behind the wheel of his car and drive away. The victim suffered “soreness from strikes to the head” but was not seriously injured, police said in a case report.
Surveillance cameras recorded it all, including the part where Jackson dropped a cellphone, the petition said. Chicago cops recovered the device and traced it to Jackson’s brother, who told them he gave it to Jackson.
Detectives arrested Jackson this week, and he “admits to fighting with the victim and taking his car by force,” their arrest report said.
Judge Maryam Ahmad detained Jackson as a safety threat, saying that he has too much free time on his hands and electronic monitoring devices are easily defeated.
Jackson “randomly ambushed” the victim, Ahmad wrote in her order, “beating him, causing injury, knocked him to the ground and took his vehicle by force.”
She said Jackson, who is not in school and does not work, has a “lack of structured time” that would “provide too many opportunities for [him] to further assault the public.
He is charged with vehicular hijacking.