Chicago man gets 18 years in federal prison for 2 carjackings, including one linked to a mass shooting

CHICAGO — A Chicago man has been sentenced to just over 18 years in federal prison for carjacking two vehicles in 2017 and 2018, including one that officials say he and his accomplices used to carry out a mass shooting on the West Side.

Kashif Dukes, 29, pleaded guilty to the first carjacking and was found guilty by a jury in the second case. In court filings, federal prosecutors linked him to four other violent carjackings in the city, although they did not pursue charges in those cases.

The first carjacking occurred on the afternoon of September 10, 2017, in the 4000 block of South Indiana. Duke’s pressed a gun to a driver’s chest and ordered him out of a Mercedes E430, officials said.

“Get the f*** out the car or I’m going to shoot the s*** out of you,” Dukes threatened, according to the feds. He took cash, a wallet, and phones, then drove away with the Mercedes.

Police recovered the car three days later after it crashed into four other vehicles. Officials said Dukes’ fingerprints were on one of its windows, and his phone was found on the car’s passenger seat.

The following summer, on the afternoon of July 21, 2018, a woman, her two children, and her 7-month-old granddaughter stopped to drop off items for a barbecue in the 1400 block of West Lexington.

Kashif Dukes in 2018 (Chicago Police Department)

A carload of hijackers boxed them in. One put a gun to the woman’s head while another pointed a gun at the face of one daughter.

“Get the baby and get the f*** out,” a carjacker ordered before the crew drove away with the victim’s silver Chevy Equinox. “Leave your f***ing phones and get the f*** out.”

Later that evening, witnesses to a mass shooting at Nancy Jefferson Park, 3101 West Fulton, saw a man flee the scene after gunmen fired at least 45 shots into a crowd, killing two and injuring five others, federal prosecutors claimed.

Chicago police tried to stop the Equinox early the next morning, but the driver sped away, crashed, and escaped. Investigators allegedly found Dukes’ phone inside the wreckage, along with a loaded handgun that was linked to 14 shell casings found at the park shooting scene. Prosecutors claimed they found his DNA on a bottle police recovered from the car’s center console.

“Last Night Was The Last Time Um Playing GTA Chicago on Gd I Got CJ me and Ysl Lilcarl fucked them country boys up I kno we had at least 4 stars,” Dukes said later that day on Facebook. According to prosecutors, the post refers to playing the video game Grand Theft Auto Chicago in real life.

In a second post minutes later, Dukes “essentially admitted that the phone recovered in the Chevrolet Equinox belonged to him… and that he left multiple guns (“pipes”) in the car,” the prosecution’s sentencing memo said.

One of the woman’s children “is still traumatized,” prosecutors wrote. She told officials she “never want[s] to live in Chicago again.”

The government sought a 235-month sentence, while Duke’s lawyer argued for 97 months. U.S. District Judge Jorge L. Alonso handed down a 219-month term on Tuesday.

To support their proposed sentence, prosecutors detailed four more carjackings that they said Dukes “likely committed or at the very least was involved in.”

About seven hours after a gunman carjacked a blue BMW on August 26, 2017, Dukes posed for a picture of himself standing in front of the vehicle, prosecutors claimed.

During recorded jailhouse phone conversations, Dukes spoke with “several” people about a stolen vehicle that the government believes was a red Kia carjacked on September 15, 2017, that he was later arrested with.

About a month before the park shooting, a carjacking victim tracked their Jeep Cherokee to an address “immediately next to” Duke’s address, and his fingerprints were found on the driver’s door, prosecutors said.

A day after a silver Lexus was carjacked on November 17, 2018, police allegedly saw Dukes unlock the parked car and get inside. He had the keys to the Lexus, and his DNA was found on a cigarette butt inside the vehicle, according to the prosecution.

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