Charges filed in 2022 Lakeview carjacking after DNA tests finally came back with a match

Michael Porter (Chicago Police Department)

CHICAGO — Laboratory tests on genetic material Chicago cops found inside a carjacked Toyota in 2022 recently came back with a hit, prosecutors said as they charged a Rogers Park man with the crime. Michael Porter, 20, is also charged with shooting a gun at someone in Rogers Park about three weeks before the hijacking.

According to court records, he has been AWOL from another stolen motor vehicle case for more than a year.

That’s a lot to untangle, so let’s start at the beginning.

Porter, who prosecutors said was convicted of carjacking, robbery, and burglary as a juvenile, was arrested in Streeterville on October 25, 2022, after Chicago cops allegedly saw him crash a stolen Mitsubishi Outlander on Lake Shore Drive and bolt from the scene wearing one shoe and a ski mask.

He was only charged with misdemeanors in that case, and he walked out of the station on his own recognizance, according to CPD records. He never showed up in court for that case, according to records.

About a week later, prosecutors said this weekend, Porter was caught on video shooting at another person in the 1600 block of West Juneway Terrace on November 2, 2022. But he had never been arrested to face charges.

Over the weekend, prosecutors charged him with that case and with carjacking a woman at gunpoint in Lakeview about three weeks later.

During his detention hearing before Judge Charles Beach, prosecutors said the carjacking occurred as a woman and her female roommate were parking a 2012 Toyota Camry in the 1100 block of West George around 7 p.m. on November 27, 2022.

Porter, wearing a mask and pointing a gun toward the women, ordered the driver to surrender her keys and then grabbed them from her hand, prosecutors alleged. He got into the driver’s seat and promptly struck another car as he tried to drive away.

At that point, the car owner’s roommate, who was still in the back seat, began struggling with Porter, officials said. An accomplice suddenly appeared. The two men pulled the roommate from the car and threw her to the ground, then drove away with the Toyota, according to the allegations.

Cops found the vehicle later that day and swabbed the interior for DNA. In November 2023, the lab test results showed that some recovered DNA matched Porter, prosecutors said. Detectives subsequently placed Porter’s picture in a photo line-up, and the Toyota’s owner allegedly identified him as the carjacker who first approached her with the gun.

On Friday, Chicago police officers who were “actively looking for” Porter found him in the 4400 block of North Sheridan and took him into custody, his arrest report said.

He is charged with aggravated vehicular hijacking and aggravated discharge of a firearm into an occupied vehicle. Judge Beach granted the state’s detention petition.

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