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4 Teens Face Federal Charges And Possible Life In Prison For October Carjacking

CPD Photo of Ashshaheed, Bush, Lanford, and Jarvis

After being charged by the State of Illinois for one carjacking of an off-duty Chicago Police detective and another attempted earlier carjacking last October, a group of four teens now face the possibility of life in prison as new federal charges have been handed down.

This week a federal grand jury charged 19-year-old Jamaal Ashshaheed of the 4100 block of W. 79th, 18-year-old Jamar Jarvis of the 7700 block of S. Constance, and 19-year-old Raynell Lanford of the 4300 block of W. Maypole with conspiring to commit carjacking as well as charges of brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence. The fourth teen, 18-year-old Javion Bush of the 8300 block of S. Hermitage, is charged with being an accessory after-the-fact to the carjacking. A 16-year-old juvenile who was also involved in the incident and was charged by the State with felony aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and misdemeanor criminal trespass to a vehicle was not mentioned in the federal charges.

The incident happened just after Midnight on October 17 when the 47-year-old, off-duty officer parked her Lexus SUV in the garage and was walking to her home on the 5800 block of N. Winthrop. According to police, the woman was met by the gang of teenagers. At that point, Jarvis allegedly pointed a gun at her and and Lanford asked the woman how it would feel to lose her life that night. The five teenagers then took the keys, entered the vehicle and fled the scene.

A Nearby townhall unit heard about the carjacking on their police radio and spotted the Lexus shortly after. They followed the men down Lakeshore Drive to the south side as they waited for back up and eventually curbed the vehicle at 55th and South Shore after a brief chase. Then men fled on foot but were soon apprehended by police. Officers also found a gun which they alleged the juvenile threw during the foot chase.

It was also learned that the gang also tried to carjack a 37-year-old man about one hour earlier while he was talking on the phone in his parked vehicle on the 4400 block of N. Marine. Allegedly, three of the men tried to open the passenger doors while Lanford tried to open the driver’s door. The man then saw Lanford reach into his waistband and try to pull something out. Fearing a weapon, the victim sped off in the vehicle.

The four who are facing federal charges have been behind bars since they were apprehended. According to Federal authorities, vehicular carjacking with the use of a firearm carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.

Hat Tip: CWBChicago.com


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