CHICAGO (STMW) — A South Side man charged with one of three recent carjackings in the Streeterville neighborhood was ordered held on $300,000 bond Thursday.
Demetris McCrea, 22, of the 8600 block of South Wolcott, is charged with aggravated vehicular carjacking with a firearm, and aggravated fleeing police, according to Chicago Police.
McCrea robbed a 31-year-old man of his 2007 Jeep Cherokee about 8:30 a.m. Monday in a parking garage in the 300 block of East Illinois Street, police said.
McCrea, armed with a handgun, tapped on the window and forced the driver from his vehicle before driving off in the SUV, a statement from police said.
McCrea was ordered held on $300,000 bond, according to the Cook County Sheriff’s office. He is next scheduled to appear in court Tuesday.
Two other carjackings occurred in the last week in Streeterville, though McCrea has only been positively identified as the suspect in the Monday incident, police said.
The investigation into the other two carjackings is ongoing.
About 9:20 a.m. Sunday, a 39-year-old man was robbed shortly after he parked his vehicle in the 500 block of North McClurg Court, police said. A Jeep Cherokee approached and a male wearing dark clothing exited the vehicle, displayed a handgun and demanded the victim’s belongings.
The victim, who was not injured, complied and the suspect got back in the Jeep and sped away, police said.
Also, a 31-year-old man and a 31-year-old woman were inside a black 2014 Jeep Cherokee exiting a parking space about 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the 400 block of North McClurg Court, when a white van pulled up behind them and blocked their vehicle, police said. A male approached, showed a handgun, forced them to exit their vehicle and took the Jeep.
The suspect then drove away in the Jeep with the white van following, police said. The vehicle was the only thing taken and no one was injured.
Also listed on the community alert was a stolen grey 2014 Chevrolet Cruz, but police could not immediately provide information on that theft.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at (312) 742-5778.
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