Carjackers took Range Rover at gunpoint, then returned to get the key fob: prosecutors

Christopher Adams (Chicago Police Department)

CHICAGO — Prosecutors say a group of armed carjackers drove away with a man’s Range Rover, then came back moments later to rob him again of the car’s key fob and cash. It happened early on February 23, 2024, in the 10700 block of South Vincennes, but Chicago police recently made an arrest in the case.

Judge Charles Beach has detained Christopher Adams, 19, of Park Forest, as a safety threat.

Adams and his accomplices blocked in the 43-year-old victim’s Range Rover and forced him out at gunpoint, officials said. But shortly after they drove away with the high-end SUV, they returned and robbed the victim once more. This time, they took the Range Rover’s key fob, $200 cash, and his credit cards, prosecutors said. And then they drove away again with his Range Rover.

Judge Beach’s detention order pointed to seemingly overwhelming evidence that Adams was involved in the crimes. His prints were found in the hijacked car; he posted images of himself inside the Range Rover on social media; and he was caught on camera using the victim’s credit card shortly after the robbery, Beach wrote.

Adams is on juvenile probation for a felony gun case, adding to Beach’s concerns.

Chicago police said Adams had three credit cards belonging to three different people—two women and a man—when they arrested him. They also said they found a backpack containing two stolen firearms in the car he was riding in before they took him into custody.

The charges against him include aggravated vehicular hijacking with a firearm, armed robbery with a firearm, and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.

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