Charges filed following string of random attacks, carjacking attempt in the Loop

Gianni Fort-Knox, also known as Manon Lafear. (Chicago Police Department)

CHICAGO — A Loop resident has been detained as a public safety threat after prosecutors said they tried to carjack a driver and randomly attacked two other people within minutes of each other. The alleged incidents started around 2:45 p.m. on June 10.

Gianni Fort-Knox, also known as Manon Lafear, started by striking a 33-year-old man in the head with a bottle and a walking cane on the 400 block of South Michigan, officials said. 

Another man told police that Fort-Knox struck him in the nose with a cane near State and Van Buren.

Moments later, Fort-Knox confronted a 42-year-old man who was behind the wheel of a 2024 Audi in the first block of East Van Buren, officials said. Claiming to have a gun, Fort-Knox demanded money from the driver, who handed over two key fobs and slid across the center console to exit from the passenger door, according to prosecutors. 

Fort-Knox allegedly tried to drive the Audi away, but couldn’t figure out how to operate it.

Another person told police that Fort-Knox shattered his pickup truck windshield with a cane, also in the first block of East Van Buren.

Prosecutors charged Fort-Knox with armed robbery, attempted vehicular hijacking, aggravated battery causing great bodily harm, misdemeanor battery, and misdemeanor criminal damage. The state’s detention petition was granted by Judge David Kelly.

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