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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Northern District of Illinois

For Immediate Release

Saturday, April 28, 2018
John R. Lausch, Jr.
, United States Attorney

U.S. Attorney's Office Charges Chicago Man with Attempted Carjacking on City's Near Northside

CHICAGO — The U.S. Attorney’s Office has charged a Chicago man with attempted carjacking for allegedly trying to take a vehicle at gunpoint on the city’s Near North Side.

EARRIOUS MOORE, 23, discharged a firearm while attempting to hijack a Mercedes-Benz sedan in the 1400 block of North Lake Shore Drive on April 26, 2018, according to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago. An individual sitting in the car was shot and wounded and subsequently transported to a hospital for treatment, the complaint states. Moore ran away from the vehicle and was apprehended by Chicago Police Department officers in the lobby of a nearby building, the complaint states.

The complaint was filed Friday. It charges Moore with one count of attempted carjacking. An initial court appearance will be held on April 30, 2018, in federal court in Chicago.

The complaint was announced by John R. Lausch, Jr., United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; Eddie Johnson, Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department; and Celinez Nunez, Special Agent in Charge of the Chicago Field Division of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives. The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office provided valuable assistance.

The officials noted that the investigation continues.

The case was investigated by the Vehicular Hijacking Task Force, a joint federal and state initiative consisting of officers, agents and prosecutors from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Chicago Police Department, ATF, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, Illinois State Police, and suburban police departments.

"Citizens of Chicago and visitors to our city must be able to live their lives without fear of violent attacks," said U.S. Attorney Lausch. "Our office will use every available federal resource in working with CPD and our other law enforcement partners to pursue and prosecute violent offenders. Our message to would-be carjackers and those using guns to commit crimes is simple: Committing a senseless act of violence like carjacking will earn you a home in federal prison for a long time."

"Each and everyday CPD officers and detectives work hand in hand with our federal partners to make Chicago safer," said Superintendent Johnson. "Today's federal prosecution demonstrates the strength and commitment of CPD and the United States Attorney's Office to combat violence, and sends a simple and clear message that we will not tolerate carjackings and individuals will be held accountable for their actions before a federal court."

"This case should serve as a warning to all violent offenders preying on innocent people," said Special Agent-in-Charge Nunez. "ATF and our law enforcement partners are joining resources to put an end to the senseless violence and restore peace in our neighborhoods."

According to the complaint, Chicago Police Department officers on routine patrol were alerted to a carjacking incident in which an offender used a handgun to take a Jeep sport-utility vehicle from a victim in the 1000 block of North Rush Street in Chicago. Soon after, the officers were alerted to the attempted carjacking of the Mercedes-Benz, the complaint states.

The carjacking charge is punishable by up to 15 years in prison. If convicted, the Court must impose a reasonable sentence under federal statutes and the advisory U.S. Sentencing Guidelines.

The public is reminded that a complaint is not evidence of guilt. The defendant is presumed innocent and entitled to a fair trial at which the government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew L. Kutcher.

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