Carjacker Wrecks Stolen Car, Attempts to Strangle Good Samaritan

By J. J. Quincannon, The Chicago Times

June 10, 2022

CHICAGO – A Chicago man smashed a vehicle that he carjacked at gunpoint and choked a good Samaritan before attempting to carjack another vehicle at gunpoint.

According to Cook County prosecutors, a Cook County Judge on Thursday ordered 30-year-old Deshawn Singleton, of the 2200 block of W. Devon, be temporarily held without bail after he was charged with multiple felonies, including vehicular hijacking, attempted vehicular hijacking, aggravated battery.

“The defendant has shown that he’s a loose cannon, whose behavior is erratic and unpredictable.  He creates a significant risk to the community at large.” Assistant State’s Attorney Sean Kelly said in a statement.

According to police, around 8:30 am Singleton allegedly carjacked a female victim who was sitting in her car at the intersection of State Street and 35th Street when out of the blue Singleton burst into the passenger’s side and stuck a gun into the victim’s face shouting “get the F— out the car, bitch”.  Singleton then allegedly fled after the victim was brutally pushed out of her car.

Singleton, allegedly on drugs, then slammed the vehicle into a seawall.  Police said a by-stander attempted to assist Singleton.  In response, Singleton chased and then attempted to strangle the good Samaritan to death.  Another man who witnessed the attempted murder tried to intervene causing Singleton to flee for a second time.  The strangulation victim was later found unconscious.

Singleton was later seen in the 5100 block of South Hyde Park Boulevard where he allegedly attempted to carjack another vehicle.  The second carjacking victim was able to hold off Singleton until CPD was able to assists.

According to police, Singleton was ordered to “freeze” at gunpoint but then “lunged” at the officer to grab his service firearm.  The officer acted professionally and was able to place Singleton into custody.