Man carjacked driver 19 days after being released from parole (and while on bail for another stolen car case), officials say

Enrique Enriquez (Chicago Police Department)

CHICAGO — A Chicago man has been charged with carjacking a driver on the West Side, just 19 days after being released from parole and while on pretrial release for allegedly fleeing from police in another stolen car. Judge Charles Beach detained Enrique Enriquez, 39, citing his recent parole release as a justification for his detention pending trial.

Prosecutors told Beach that Enriquez grabbed a 39-year-old man sitting in a Tesla Model 3 in the 1800 block of North Austin around 10:30 p.m. on March 5. He ordered the man to get out and told his accomplice, an 18-year-old woman, to shoot the victim, Beach noted in his detention order.

The victim backed away from his car, but Enriquez choked and punched the victim before driving away with the Tesla, officials claimed. CPD found surveillance video of Enriquez getting out of the Tesla, which its owner tracked via an app, Beach’s order stated.

Enriquez had just completed parole for being a felon in possession of a firearm less than three weeks before the hijacking, according to Beach’s order.

Court records show Enriquez also had another case involving a stolen motor vehicle filed against him in August, but he never showed up for a single court date, and a judge put out a warrant for his arrest in January.

In that case, Chicago police officers said they saw a car with “fresh bullet holes” run a stop sign at 19th and Spaulding late on August 19. Believing someone in the car may have been shot, the officers tried to pull it over, but the driver sped away, only to crash into another vehicle nearby, two CPD reports said.

Enriquez allegedly ran from the driver’s seat, leaving a woman in the passenger seat with a child sitting on her lap. An officer cut the deployed airbags so they could assist the woman and young girl. The woman, police said, had a gun in her purse and told them the car had been stolen.

Ultimately, Enriquez was only charged with misdemeanors, and he left the police station on a recognizance bond.

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