CHICAGO (CBS) – Chilling photos released on Tuesday show the moment unsuspecting customers at a petrol station encountered a man pointing a gun and demanding their car keys.
It happened Wednesday of last week at the Thorntons gas station at 148th Street and Western Avenue in Posen, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
A woman was driving a Kia Optima when the carjacker approached, pointed a loaded gun at her and demanded the keys, prosecutors said.
The victim got his two children out of the car, and the carjacker then got in and drove off, prosecutors said.
The carjacker quickly lost control of the car, got out and ran towards the gas station, prosecutors said.
Back at the gas station, he tried to force his way into a parked tractor-trailer truck, but was unsuccessful, prosecutors said. He then dropped his gun into a sewer, prosecutors said.
Even without the weapon, the carjacker still attempted to force his way into another vehicle, prosecutors said. The driver of that vehicle pushed him to the ground and Posen police arrested him, prosecutors said.
Officers later found the gun in the sewers. He had a “trigger switch” that could cause him to fire more than one shot each time the trigger was pulled, prosecutors said.
Kewan Tillman, 19, of Calumet City, is federally charged with one count of carjacking.
The date of his first court appearance has not been determined.