Chicago Teen Handed Eight Years For Stealing Car At Gunpoint

By The Chicago Times Staff

June 29, 2022

WHEATON — A Chicago teen has been sentenced to 8 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for hijacking a woman’s car at gunpoint in 2021.

According to DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin, Deondre Logan, 18, was sentenced by Judge Brian Telander. The State had requested a twenty-one year sentence. 

Court records show, on January 23, 2021, around 10:46 pm, Addison police officers responded to a vehicular hijacking near a Popeye’s restaurant in Addison.  On scene, officers learned that a twenty-year-old female was carjacked by gunpoint as she walked into the restaurant.  The victim told police she was approached by three men, two of which were armed. One of the men, identified as Logan, threatened to kill her if she did not give up her belongings, including her vehicle.  When the victim complied, the three men fled in her vehicle.  An officer on patrol officer pursued the carjackers with assistance from the Illinois State Police.  The vehicle was tracked to the south side of Chicago.  When officers approached the vehicle, the three men fled on foot.  Logan was apprehended shortly after by Chicago police officers and handed over to Addison authorities.  On January 25, 2021, Logan appeared in juvenile court where he was detained.

On January 29, 2021, the State filed a motion to transfer Logan’s case to adult court.  On March 9, 2022, Judge Brian Jacobs transferred the case to adult court where Judge Telander set bail at $250,000.  Logan has been held in the DuPage County Jail since that time.  Logan entered a blind plea of guilty to one count of Aggravated Vehicular Hijacking, a Class X Felony on May 10, 2022. 

“The initial charging in juvenile court and subsequent transfer to adult court of the defendant in this case sends the message that regardless of your age, if you commit a violent gun crime in DuPage County you will be caught, charged, prosecuted and held accountable for your criminal behavior.  Thankfully, the victim in this case was not physically harmed. I thank Assistant State’s Attorneys Jennifer Lindt and Nick Catizone for their work in preparing a strong case against this defendant that ultimately led to his guilty plea.” Berlin said in a statement.

Two Suspects Charged With Carjacking Rideshare Driver

By Gary Parker, The Chicago Times

June 25, 2022

CHICAGO — Two Chicago men have been charged after allegedly carjacking a rideshare driver by gunpoint on Chicago’s North Side.

On Friday, Hansen Dandridge Jr., 18, was charged with one felony count of stealing a vehicle and one felony count of possession of a firearm with a defaced serial number, along with other charges.

Cormarion Watkins, 18, was charged with one felony count of vehicular hijacking with a firearm.

According to police, the carjacking occurred in the 1400 block of West Foster around 12:35 am Friday when the suspects pointed a gun at the head of a 65-year-old rideshare driver.  After stealing the vehicle, the suspects crashed into a fire hydrant as they fled the scene.

The suspects were later arrested and charged.

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.

Pritzker Signs Bills Aimed To Combat Carjackings

by Frank Conklin, The Chicago Times

SPRINGFIELD, IL — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a series of bills designed to combat the ever-rising level of carjackings and vehicle thefts.

According to the Governor’s Office, the bills target the use of key-fob-hacking, allocate $6.5 million in law enforcement grants, and waive fines and tickets accumulated on a stolen vehicle.

These laws will take effect on Jan. 1.

Oak Lawn: Car Jacking Victim Struck In Head

by T. C. Mayfield, The Chicago Times

April 23, 2022

OAK LAWN, IL – A man allegedly struck another man in the head with a blunt object during an attempted carjacking.

According to police, Osama Mansur, 23, of Chicago Ridge allegedly struck another man in the head during an attempted carjacking in the 5600 block of 105th street.  Police reports indicate that Mansur was involved in a physical altercation with the victim during the attempted carjacking which prompted Mansur to strike the victim in the head with bunt object.  The victim was later found bleeding from the head by Oak Lawn police.  Mansur was arrested without incident at 103rd and Central Avenue.

Mansur is charged with one count of felony aggravated vehicular hijacking and is currently being held on a $100,000 bond.

Cicero: Three Arrest Warrants Issued For Chicago Carjacker

By Alex Dubček, The Chicago Times

March 9, 2022

CICERO, IL – Police issued three arrest warrants for a man suspected in several Cicero carjackings.

According to Cicero police, Chicago resident Ricki Taylor, 33, allegedly carjacked four victims in the Cicero and Chicago area in the month of February and early March.  Police reports state that Taylor first attempted an unarmed carjacking in mid-February and then quickly graduated to armed carjacking by the end of the month.

On Saturday, Cicero police obtained surveillance video from an ally near 50th and Ogden Ave in Cicero that identified Taylor in his most recent alleged carjacking.

Taylor’s alleged descent in carjacking began February 16 when he attempted an unarmed carjacking at a Fuller’s Car Wash located at 2912 S. Cicero Avenue.  After 11 days of serious academic research and reflection, Taylor realized that the use of firearms would be more effective in his next carjacking.  On February 27, Taylor returned to the Fuller’s Car Wash and allegedly carjacked a victim by gunpoint.

According to police, on March 4, Taylor again carjacked another victim by gunpoint at a Walgreens located at 4100 W. Cermak Road in Chicago.  Cicero police are warning local residents that Taylor is a possibly armed and dangerous.