Carjacker forced driver from vehicle by wielding a Swiss Army knife attached to a stick: prosecutors

Kendall Johnson and a Home Swiss Champ Swiss Army Knife (Chicago Police Department, Swiss Store)

CHICAGO — Prosecutors say a Chicago man carjacked a driver on the South Side this week by arming himself with a Swiss Army knife attached to a stick.

On Monday, four days after a judge released Kendall Johnson to await trial on a misdemeanor criminal damage charge, the 51-year-old walked up to a man’s car in a strip mall parking lot, prosecutors said.

The 40-year-old driver was waiting for his wife to come out of a store in the 6800 block of South Stony Island when Johnson tapped on his window with a “rifle-shaped object” covered in a black plastic bag, prosecutors said yesterday.

Johnson pointed the weapon, which turned out to be a stick and a Swiss Army knife, at the victim’s head and demanded money, according to prosecutors. A struggle broke out when the victim pushed Johnson’s homemade weapon away from his head. Prosecutors said Johnson pulled on the victim’s fanny pack during the fight until it broke, sending Johnson tumbling to the ground.

The victim took that opportunity to crawl out of the passenger-side door. Johnson chased him into a laundromat until the victim hid and then chased the man a second time, prosecutors said in a detention petition.

Johnson allegedly returned to the man’s 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe and drove away.

Chicago police officers located the car a few minutes later, thanks to the city’s license plate reader network. Johnson pulled over when the cops activated their car’s blue lights, and they arrested him after the victim identified him as the assailant.

Prosecutors charged Johnson with aggravated vehicular hijacking with a weapon. Judge Kelly McCarthy granted the state’s detention request.

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