3 get federal prison for robbing UPS truck, carjacking victims in Chicago and suburbs

The UPS driver lies in the street as the robbers remove boxes from his truck. Inset is an image of some of the stolen materials, including toilet paper and a duvet cover. (U.S. District Court records)

CHICAGO — Three men have been sentenced to federal prison for carrying out a string of robberies and carjackings in Chicago and the suburbs during a two-day spree in August 2020. Investigators caught a big break in the case when a witness recorded one of the crimes, the armed robbery of a UPS truck in Oak Park, and shared it with police.

Darius Young, 28, worked with others, including Xavier Tate, 27, and Jaheim Henyard, 22, to carry out the crimes, starting with two armed carjackings in Cicero, an FBI complaint said.

The next day, one of the hijacked cars, a Kia Optima, pulled into a parking space behind a UPS truck that had stopped to make a delivery in the 1100 block of South Highland in Oak Park.

As the UPS driver opened the rear cargo door, men exited the Optima and ordered him to “get on the ground, stay down.” He complied, and footage from the witness’ video showed him lying on the pavement as the men moved packages from his truck to the hijacked Optima, the complaint said.

UPS determined that the crew took 12 boxes from the truck, but Young later told the FBI that the packages contained toilet paper, granola, and other worthless items. The only thing of value the crew stole, a pair of Air Jordans, wasn’t the right size, so he didn’t get those either. However, he told the FBI that they planned to sell the Jordans, and he hoped to receive a portion of the proceeds.

Police located the second hijacked vehicle in the 5200 block of West Polk in Chicago a few hours after the UPS heist. As surveillance officers watched the car, the hijacked Kia Optima rolled down the street, driven by Tate, according to the FBI. He crashed into a tree and bailed out of the car as it rolled toward a covert law enforcement vehicle, the criminal complaint said. The cops arrested him and Young at the scene.

When the Kia hit the tree, its trunk popped open, revealing several open UPS boxes, rolls of toilet paper, a duvet cover, and other items taken from the truck.

During an interview with FBI agents, Young allegedly admitted that he and others robbed someone outside a Chase bank in Chicago and also hijacked a Mazda in the city during the crime spree. Inside the crashed Kia, investigators found the Chase victim’s identification and the Mazda’s key fob.

U.S. District Judge Sara Ellis sentenced Henyard to 11 years and three months in prison. Tate received seven years and nine months, while Young received four years.

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