Man tried to carjack Wrigleyville driver 2 months after being paroled for mugging woman inside Boystown apartment building: prosecutors

CHICAGO — Barely two months after he got out of prison for mugging a woman inside her Boystown apartment building, Deangelo Coleman is back in jail. Prosecutors say he attacked and tried to carjack a man in Wrigleyville. If Coleman’s name sounds familiar, it may be because we’ve been reporting on his criminal behavior in Wrigleyville and Boystown since 2016.

Coleman’s latest episode began around 6:45 p.m. on Saturday, April 6, in an alley behind the 3500 block of North Fremont—less than 200 yards from the Town Hall (19th) District police station, a detail Coleman should know since he’s been escorted into that station in handcuffs at least five times.

Prosecutors said a 53-year-old man drove into the alley to park behind his apartment building, but another vehicle blocked his path. Coleman, 28, and an accomplice approached the victim’s car and opened his driver’s door, a CPD arrest report said. Coleman repeatedly punched the man in the face and head, yelled obscenities, and finally pulled the victim out of his 2022 Hyundai Palisade, according to the report.

Police said Coleman tried to drive away with the man’s SUV but couldn’t figure out how to put it into gear. According to the report, the frustrated Coleman stepped out of the SUV and went after the victim again.

Deangelo Coleman (Chicago Police Department)

Fearing another attack, the victim started recording the “encounter” on his phone while running through a gangway, popping out on the 800 block of West Addison. Both men emerged just as a Chicago police squad car was rolling by, as they often do since there’s a police station across the street. The cops arrested Coleman.

Prosecutors charged him with attempted vehicular hijacking, attempted robbery, aggravated battery in a public place, and possessing a stolen motor vehicle. Judge Charles Beach detained him as a safety threat.

The cops who arrested Coleman notified the Illinois Department of Corrections so the state could move to revoke his parole. Inexplicably, the IDOC representative told the cops that Coleman was no longer on parole, according to their report. However, the IDOC website and a national law enforcement database confirm Coleman’s parole status. Court records show he was ordered to serve one year of supervised release upon leaving prison on February 9.

That five-year prison stint came after he pleaded guilty to robbing a 24-year-old woman in August 2021. She told police she noticed Coleman following her into her building in the 400 block of West Aldine.

Prosecutors said Coleman trailed her onto the elevator, said he was going to the third floor, and then lunged at her when the doors closed. He demanded the woman’s purse, and she handed over her phone, watch, and bag.

Coleman followed the woman as she exited on the fifth floor and told her he would hurt her if she screamed, prosecutors claimed. The woman ran down a stairwell and out the front door, where she told bystanders what happened.

Cops arrested Coleman at the Addison Red Line station after following GPS data from the woman’s phone. He had the woman’s phone, watch, ID, and two credit cards bearing the woman’s name in his pants, prosecutors said. Video from the woman’s lobby showed Coleman following her in and fleeing a few minutes later.

Just days before the robbery, Coleman was arrested after a 31-year-old woman told police he followed her into her building in the 600 block of West Stratford and began hitting her, a CPD spokesperson told CWBChicago. Cops arrested Coleman a short time later. He was charged with misdemeanor battery, then walked out of the 19th District police station four hours later on a signature bond. Prosecutors dropped the case after Coleman was sentenced to prison for the robbery, according to court records.

In March 2016, a 22-year-old woman accused Coleman of snatching her phone at the Belmont Red Line station. He received a 12-day sentence for misdemeanor theft.

In September 2015, a Schaumburg man walked into the Town Hall police station to report that someone had just snatched a tablet from his hand, and the offender may have run into a nearby church. Officers found Coleman sitting on the church steps with the victim’s tablet in his hand, according to a police report. Police said Coleman claimed to have found the tablet lying in the grass after someone named “Maleek” stole it.

Coleman was charged with theft of lost or mislaid property, but the charges were dropped when the victim failed to appear in court.

In January 2016, Coleman was granted deferred prosecution after being charged with stealing hats, shorts, pants, and a nightshirt from Macy’s in Old Orchard. Three days later, he was arrested after a South Loop convenience store accused him of stealing a ski hat. That case was dropped when the store failed to show up in court.

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