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Cops Foil Carjacking Suspect As He Tries To Rob Victim

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CHICAGO (STMW) — A Skokie man was ordered held on $500,000 bond Thursday for allegedly carjacking a woman in the North Side Edgewater neighborhood before he was foiled by Chicago police.

The 18-year-old woman was sitting in her vehicle about 10:13 p.m. Wednesday in the 1100 block of West Ardmore Avenue when Broderick Epps, 18, allegedly forced his way into the car and took control, implying that he had a gun, according to a statement from the police office of News Affairs.

Epps then drove around the area and demanded money from the woman, who told him she didn’t have any, police said.

A short time later, the victim’s fiance flagged down Foster District police officers and told them that the woman had been compelled to call him and ask him to bring cash to a predetermined location, police said.

The officers went to the specified location and saw Epps and the woman walking north away from the parked vehicle, police said.

When he saw the officers, Epps tried to run away on foot, but was caught after a brief foot chase and arrested in the 6400 block of North Sheridan Road, police said.

Epps, of the 4200 block of Main Street in Skokie, was positively identified by the victim and charged with felony counts of vehicular hijacking, vehicular invasion and unlawful restraint, police said.

Epps was ordered held on $500,000 bond Thursday, and his next court date is scheduled for Jan. 8, according to the Cook County Sheriff’s office.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2014. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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