Carjacker pulled gun during Facebook Marketplace meet-up, ran over victims with their own car: prosecutors

Jamie Delgado (Cook County sheriff’s office)

CHICAGO – A plan to sell a car on Facebook Marketplace took an ugly turn when the would-be buyer pulled a gun, stole the victim’s car, and ran over them as he fled the scene, prosecutors said Thursday. You may remember hearing about the hijacking in our story last week.

A 27-year-old woman and her 56-year-old father met with the prospective car buyer in the 6200 block of North Rockwell around 1 p.m. on March 1. After getting behind the wheel of the 2020 Acura TLX, the prospective buyer pulled out a gun and pointed it at the woman, prosecutors said in court filings. He then reversed into both victims, causing them to fall to the road, and sped away, according to prosecutors.

The male victim suffered severe injuries, including serious cuts, internal bleeding, and a head injury that had to be closed with staples, officials said. His daughter received a bruised eye and cuts to her hands and legs.

The Chicago Police Department’s hijacking unit traced the car to an auto repair shop in Berwyn on Tuesday. They saw 28-year-old Jamie Delgado get out of the car’s driver’s seat and arrested him as he spoke with body shop employees, according to a Chicago police arrest report.

The petition said both victims identified Delgado in photo line-ups as the hijacker.

Judge Ankur Srivastava granted the state’s petition, citing Delgado’s “extensive history of theft and fleeing from the police.” Court records show Delgado had a misdemeanor theft case pending in the suburbs at the time of the carjacking.

He is charged with two counts of aggravated vehicular hijacking with a firearm and two counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

Allegations of rip-offs during transactions arranged on social media have led to several other arrests recently:

  • Late last month, prosecutors accused a man of robbing at least eight people during Facebook Marketplace meet-ups while he was already on probation for another robbery. Officials said the victims agreed to buy or sell tech products, usually iPads and iPhones, to a specific Facebook account. When they arrived at the meeting location, officials said, Bell would pull out a gun and demand their phones and money. He allegedly forced some victims to transfer money to a Zelle account.
  • Cedric Dupree, 56, whose occupation is listed as “Preacher Man” on his Chicago police arrest report, offered his Cadillac for sale on Facebook and agreed to meet with a 26-year-old woman interested in buying it. When the woman raised concerns about the vehicle, Dupree pulled out a handgun and demanded everything she had, including the $1,500 cash she brought to buy the car, prosecutors alleged. After getting her money, he jumped into the Cadillac and drove away, they said.
  • In February, prosecutors charged a man and woman with robbing a woman at gunpoint when she showed up to sell one of them a razr+ phone on February 1. One of the robbers allegedly warned the woman to “Get the f*** out of Chicago” before taking her phone and running away.
  • Also last month, prosecutors charged a Dixmoor man with robbing six people he allegedly met in Chicago after arranging phone sales through Facebook Marketplace at Christmastime.
  • Prosecutors charged two men with robbing people during meet-ups where the victims were expecting to buy or sell PlayStation 5s.

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