Two charged for attempted carjacking, burglary

Neighbors call to police helps nab suspects


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By Nona Tepper

Police have charged two people, an 18-year-old man and a teenage boy, both of Chicago, in connection with an attempted carjacking in an Oak Park alley on Jan. 23.

The juvenile was charged with attempted vehicular hijacking. Jacoby Douglas, 18, of the 3300 block of West Jackson Boulevard, was charged with burglary.

Police turned the teenager over to Cook County Juvenile Justice authorities. Douglas is scheduled to appear at a bond hearing at 1:30 p.m. on Jan. 26 at the Maybrook courthouse in Maywood.

The arrests came after a failed attempt to hijack a vehicle that had just pulled into a garage in the alley behind the 1100 block of Grove Avenue on Jan. 23 at about 8 p.m.

According to police, the female driver was still inside the vehicle, with the doors locked, when a male offender knocked on the window while pulling on the door handle and ordering her out. A second male also yelled for her to exit the vehicle.

It is unclear whether either suspect was armed.

The driver started honking her car horn and the offenders fled the garage. A neighbor saw both suspects exit the garage and immediately called 911, providing detailed descriptions.

About 20 minutes later, an officer stopped two people who fit the descriptions walking in the 800 block of South Oak Park Avenue. Police arrested both suspects, who reportedly were positively identified by the witness and victim. Charges are pending.

Police said they will provide more information as it becomes available.

* Timothy Inklebarger contributed to this report.

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Bryan Rekar  

Posted: January 29th, 2018 9:32 PM

Apparently we need to start profiling. The neck tattoos apparently are what the young honor students are wearing when they are helping little old ladies across the street and helping shovel snow off Village sidewalks.

Bill Dwyer  

Posted: January 28th, 2018 8:43 PM

Actually, Bruce, my point was that if you or anyone else has a gun pointed at your head during a carjacking, you ain't about to run him over, just get shot. So whatever concerns you might have over the legal consequences of running over your assailant are- what's the term"- moot. Sorry if you feel lectured to, self righteously or otherwise.

Bruce Kline  

Posted: January 28th, 2018 12:43 PM

Thanks Brian for answering my question.

Bruce Kline  

Posted: January 28th, 2018 12:39 PM

Thanks, Bill. But if took the time to read and think rather than your usual self righteous lecturing, you would realize that was not my question.

Bill Dwyer  

Posted: January 28th, 2018 8:18 AM

Let me help you out, Bruce. Having done some research into recent past cases of carjacking shootings, I can tell you that nearly all of the shots were fired at the driver side window, i.e., from the side of the car. Because even gangbangers aren't so stupid as to stand IN FRONT of a car when trying to high jack it. So, unless you're planning on asking the criminals, "Hey, bud, hold on a sec while I execute a three point turn" before then running them over, you might want to rethink your strategy.

Brian Slowiak  

Posted: January 28th, 2018 2:10 AM

@ Bruce Kline: All I am saying is that there are civil and criminal aspects to the actions of self defense. Making a statement of running someone down prior to that action may be, may be, shown as intent and not self defense. The cost to file a civil case is about $100. Criminal charges cost nothing. The cost to defend yourself against the $100 civil complaint is very high on your finances as well as your physical and mental well being. A third party could,could use your statement of running someone as a template for their actions, thus bringing you into their case. I feel for the victims with all my heart.. Recall George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin. If you take this course of action, Identify yourself to the police, let your self be fingerprinted and photographed and remember those magic words, "I want to talk to my attorney" before talking to the cops, states attorney, no matter how sympathetic they appear,and never put anything in writing, not even your own notes as to what transpired for yourself, prior to speaking to your attorney.. Remember George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin. Just be careful if you commit to action. No fish ever got caught if the fish didn't open their mouth. If you use force to defend yourself you will be looked at, looked at as a possible aggressor. It is tricky.

Bruce Kline  

Posted: January 27th, 2018 6:00 PM

Brian: Point of information. If someone is pointing a 9mm at your head, is "running 'em over" considered excessive? Seriously I really would like to know. I'm not asking if it is "wise" to pursue such a course of action, I am asking if a deadly defensive response is excessive in this type of scenario.Thanks, in advance for your opinion.

Brian Slowiak  

Posted: January 27th, 2018 7:42 AM

Careful with the run someone over talk. Remember,it is not use of force that gets someone in trouble, it is excessive use of force.

Bill Dwyer  

Posted: January 27th, 2018 7:30 AM

"The cowards aren't going to shoot"? Let's see. In August a man was shot to death during an attempted carjacking on Chicago's Northside. Four days ago three people were shot during two car jackings in St. Louis. In December, a 20 year old carjacker shot at one driver and injured another while jacking his car. In November tow teenagers in Newark shot and killed a woman during a carjacking on Thanksgiving. And on and on. I understand your concern and anger, but your assumption these thugs won't use violence- or that your "not allowing" such behavior is simply ridiculous and will only get people here injured or killed.

Rob Ruffulo  

Posted: January 27th, 2018 6:37 AM

I agree with Brian Rekar. Run them over, shoot them, whatever it takes. Point system is useless. Throw them in Jail. 5 years minimum.

Bryan Rekar  

Posted: January 26th, 2018 11:47 PM

By the way, kudos to the excellent work again by Oak Park police and the observant neighbor who called. Good job.

Bryan Rekar  

Posted: January 26th, 2018 11:45 PM

As I mentioned in the other thread, the car jackings will stop as soon as one of these spineless cowards is run over. The woman did the right thing here by honking her horn. The cowards aren't going to shoot. Eventually someone will have the courage and wit to put the car in drive, accelerate, and protect their family. Just need to have a certain mindset when you're protecting your family and oneself. Nobody is allowed to point a gun at our family and threaten their lives over a car.

Ramona Lopez  

Posted: January 26th, 2018 3:55 PM

I work with gang members and can tell you that once they get tattoos on their face or prominent ones on their neck, they are giving society the middle finger. At that point they are fully committed to the gang lifestyle. It is extremely difficult to turn them around after they cross that line.

Mindy Credi  

Posted: January 25th, 2018 6:39 PM

There is a very patient point system for juveniles: stealing a car without a gun is only 2 points, they need to get to 15 before anything really happens. And when it does happen, it's 30/60 days to get the case appointed (usually out on the streets at this time) and then it goes to the trial division.... this is the Cook County system.

Margaret Zwadlo  

Posted: January 25th, 2018 5:20 PM

Glad these two idiots captured quickly. I hope they get long sentences so they have enough time to think about what they tried to do. Carjacking is not funny. It is a crime.

Leonard Grossman  

Posted: January 24th, 2018 7:31 PM

This was resolved without injury to victims or alleged perpetrators. Concealed carry would not have led to a better resolution. I have no problem with concealed carry as long as weapons remain concealed. But they are not very effective that way.

Doug Emde  

Posted: January 24th, 2018 4:20 PM

This is what a concealed carry permit is for.

Gary Sullivan  

Posted: January 24th, 2018 2:09 PM

Jim I want to confirm that Nona is correct with the location she stated. I was listening to the communication from dispatch to the officers responding. Perhaps it was in the alley between Oak Park Avenue and Grove. I know the area quite well.

Barbara Purington  

Posted: January 24th, 2018 12:35 PM

Yaay, two nabbed. Great job, neighbor. Detailed identification nails it. Always try to remember distinctive details like colors of hats, jackets, pants, and distinguishing eyeglasses, tatoos, etc. Estimating height can be sketchy. Let's take back our streets from these perps.

Jim Bowman from Chicago  

Posted: January 24th, 2018 11:58 AM

Nona, an editor is even now specifying 1100 South Oak Park, I am sure. Do not leave it for the reader to guess it from the 800 South reference down below. All else clear as a bell.

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