Man carjacked Uber driver 4 weeks after being released from an ankle monitor in another robbery case: prosecutors

Edward Williams (Chicago Police Department)

CHICAGO — Barely four weeks after a judge removed an ankle monitor Edward Williams had been wearing for a pending juvenile robbery case, he ordered an Uber and carjacked the driver at gunpoint, prosecutors say.

Judge Susana Ortiz detained Williams as a public safety threat after learning about the allegations during a hearing at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse.

Williams and two accomplices ordered an Uber around 11 p.m. on February 28 and climbed into her 2017 Infiniti QX50, officials said. 

When they reached the 9600 block of South Brennan, Williams, seated in the front passenger seat, poked a firearm into the driver’s ribs and demanded her car keys, phone, and purse, according to a detention petition filed by prosecutors.

A multi-agency hijacking task force was on patrol that night, according to a Chicago police report. An Illinois State Police plane assigned to the operation quickly spotted the hijacked SUV. The report said that a federal helicopter operated by the Department of Homeland Security “locked on” the Infiniti and began tracking it.

Williams and two other people bailed out of the hijacked car near 62nd and Indiana, the report said. Chicago cops, guided by the high-tech federal copter, arrested Williams on the back porch of a house in the 6100 block of South Michigan, the report said. Officers said he had the Uber driver’s phone on him when they took him into custody.

Officers arrested the other two nearby.

Ortiz cited Williams’ juvenile history as one of the factors that convinced her that he needed to stay in custody. He was on “juvenile release” for an armed robbery case, a matter that he had been on electronic monitoring for until just four weeks before the carjacking, according to Ortiz’s order. He was adjudicated delinquent for robbery once before, the order said.

He is charged with aggravated vehicular hijacking with a firearm and armed robbery with a firearm.

We are awaiting word from CPD about what charges, if any, were filed against the other two people who were arrested with Williams.

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