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5 Men and 1 Juvenile Charged In Edgewater Carjacking, Attempted Earlier Carjack As Well

The group of five men and one juvenile who carjacked an off-duty Chicago Police detective early last Thursday morning have been officially charged. Four of them are facing two felonies each for the crime.

Felony charged with vehicular hijacking involving a firearm and attempted vehicular hijacking involving a firearm are 19-year-old Jamaal Ashshaheed of the 4100 block of W. 79th, 18-year-old Javion Bush of the 8300 block of S. Hermitage, 18-year-old Jamar Jarvis of the 7700 block of S. Constance, and 18-year-old Raynell Lanford of the 4300 block of W. Maypole. Also charged was a 16-year-old juvenile with felony aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and misdemeanor criminal trespass to a vehicle.

The incident happened just after Midnight on Thursday 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.

According to prosecutors, 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 men were ordered held without bail at a hearing Saturday at the Leighton Criminal Court Building by Cook County Judge David Navarro. They will appear in court again on Thursday. Information on the juvenile is unavailable.


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