5 years for man who carjacked Logan Square woman and then tried to carjack another woman while running from cops

CHICAGO — A man who allegedly carjacked a woman in Logan Square and then tried to carjack another woman as he ran from Chicago cops who were chasing him has been handed a five-year prison sentence. Jeremy Phillips, 22, had only been out of prison for about a month when he committed the crimes.

The Logan Square carjacking occurred late on August 2 last year in the 2000 block of North Whipple. A Chicago police spokesperson said a 33-year-old woman was outside her vehicle when two men approached her from behind and demanded her belongings and car keys.

She complied, and they drove away with her white Acura ZDX. The woman told police that one of the hijackers had a lot of tattoos on his face, a CPD report said.

Cops located the stolen Acura on the West Side the next day. Covert police resources closed in on the car and kept an eye on it until marked units were prepared to stop it, a police report said. But when patrol officers tried to pull it over, Phillips sped away and eventually crashed the Acura in the 700 block of North Pulaski, according to CPD. He was among four people who ran from the car.

Jeremy Phillips (Chicago Police Department, Multiplottr)

Officers said they saw Phillips try to carjack a 69-year-old woman as they ran after him. He ripped her car keys from her hand and tried to pull her out of the vehicle, according to his CPD arrest report. Cops foiled the hijacking attempt. The arrest report said that Phillips had the first victim’s key fob in his back pocket, along with a bank card with a woman’s name on it.

Court records show he has now pleaded guilty to vehicular hijacking in the first case and robbery of a victim over the age of 60 in the second. Judge Ursula Walowski sentenced him to five years on each count, with the sentences served concurrently. After receiving credits earned in jail plus the state’s 50% good behavior discount, he is expected to be paroled in March 2026.

Barely a month before his latest crimes, Phillips pleaded guilty to attempted possession of a stolen motor vehicle in connection with a case from Cicero, according to court records. He received a two-year sentence, but after having the sentence cut in half for good behavior and receiving credit for time served, he walked out of prison on June 28, 2023. That’s one day after he arrived, according to Illinois Department of Corrections records.

Phillips pleaded guilty in November 2021 to a felony drug charge and felony criminal damage to government property. According to court records, the criminal damage involved his electronic monitoring bracelet, from which he escaped. Prosecutors dropped the escape charge in a plea deal.

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