Chicagoans who saw police bulletin identified suspect in horrific carjacking that left cabbie on life support: prosecutors

Darnell Ingram and surveillance images of one of the carjacking suspects. (Chicago Police Department)

CHICAGO — Officials say members of the public responding to a recent Chicago police bulletin identified one of the people responsible for a horrific carjacking that left a taxi driver on life support.

The 45-year-old cabbie was asleep in the driver’s seat of his taxi in the 400 block of East 71st Street when the carjackers spotted him around 3:30 a.m. on January 28. Surveillance video shows the offenders breaking out the cabbie’s side window.

“Get the f*** out,” the hijackers demanded as they pulled the victim from his seat and into the street.

He was almost immediately struck by a passing car, which dragged him for nearly a mile.

The hijackers proceeded with their plan and drove away with the gravely wounded man’s cab, not realizing that an in-car camera system was recording their every move.

Chicago police released frames from the taxi video on February 7 and asked the public to help identify the hijackers. Prosecutors say two people contacted police to identify one of the suspects as 25-year-old Darnell Ingram.

During Ingram’s detention hearing on Wednesday, prosecutors said the cabbie lost a third of his skin and suffered a broken arm and broken jaw. He remains on life support.

Chicago police released these surveillance images of the two carjackers. CPD believes the man at the top is Darnell Ingram. The other person has not been located. (Chicago Police Department)

They also said the cab’s video showed Ingram’s accomplice with a pink gun on their lap as they drove the hijacked vehicle. A CPD report said “loud reports,” police jargon for gunfire, could be heard on the video as the carjackers traveled in the cab.

Ingram had a pink gun in his jacket pocket when cops arrested him this week, prosecutors said. It was loaded and had been reported stolen in Memphis, the CPD report said.

Prosecutors charged Ingram with aggravated vehicular hijacking with a firearm, burglary, and unlawful use of a weapon. Judge Barbara Dawkins detained Ingram in the interest of public safety.

The second suspect has not yet been found.

About Tim Hecke 252 Articles
Tim Hecke is CWBChicago's managing partner. He started his career at KMOX, the legendary news radio station in St. Louis. From there, he moved on to work at stations in Minneapolis, Chicago, and New York City. Tim went on to build syndicated radio news and content services that served every one of America's 100 largest radio markets. He became CWBChicago's managing partner in 2019. His email address is tim@cwbchicago.com