18-year-old man charged with hijacking Lyft driver in April after hailing ride at downtown hotel

CHICAGO (SCS) — 18-year-old man faces federal charges, after prosecutors hijacked a Lyft driver at gunpoint in downtown Chicago in Aprilthen led the police on a chase.

Noah Ransom, 18, has been charged with federal carjacking and weapons charges. A hearing is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon.

He was arrested on Friday after being identified as the person who pulled out a gun and hijacked a Lyft driver on April 9, after the driver picked up five passengers from a downtown hotel.

According to the charges, the driver picked up five people from the 600 block of North State Street around 4 a.m. on April 9, taking them to the 200 block of South State Street.

As they approached the drop point, Ransom, who was sitting in the front passenger seat, reached for the back seat of the car, pointed a gun at the driver and said, “Don’t try no fun business Stop, move your seat back and get out of the car.

After the driver got out of the car, Ransom got into the driver’s seat and drove off.

Prosecutors say about 90 minutes later, Illinois State Police then spotted the stolen Lexus on the Dan Ryan Freeway near 43rd Street and attempted to stop the car, but Ransom got away. is fled.

After chasing the stolen Lexus for approximately 25 minutes, Illinois State Police used a PIT maneuver to force the Lexus to a stop at Tilden Avenue and Aberdeen Street, where six people got out of the car and fled.

Police caught up with Ransom in the yard of the nearby Mercy Home for Boys & Girls.

Ransom already faces charges of aggravated carjacking, unlawful possession of a stolen motor vehicle, aggravated flight and escape, and unlawful use of a weapon. Two other men who were arrested after the chase – Dallas Johns and Vernon Gipson, both 18 – have been charged with criminal trespassing into a vehicle for their role in the carjacking.

Ransom is the only one of the group to face federal charges so far. He faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted of the federal carjacking charge, and up to life in prison if convicted of the federal weapons charge.

He is due to make his first court appearance on the federal charges on Tuesday.


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