UPDATE: Man Hijacks Running Vehicle with Person Inside

Police have made an arrest in a vehicle hijacking Thursday night

ROCKFORD - UPDATE (11am):  Rockford police have made an arrest in an armed hijacking of a car with a woman passenger sitting inside.

Shortly before 11pm Thursday, Rockford Police SCOPE officers located in the 5700 block of Forest Hills Road a green Pontiac Bonneville which had been hijacked at gunpoint earlier in the day. Officers attempted to pull the car over but say the driver rammed the squad car then fled northbound on Forest Hills. The driver then lost control of the vehicle and crashed at Forest Hills Road and East Riverside Boulevard, where he was arrested unhurt.

The carjacker is identified as 19-year-old Joel Jackson of Rockford.  He faces the following charges.

  • Aggravated Vehicular Hijacking
  • Aggravated Fleeing to Elude
  • Possession of Stolen Auto
  • Criminal Damage to State Supported Property
  • Aggravated Assault to Police Officer
  • Resisting Arrest
  • Failure to Reduce Speed to Avoid an Accident
  • No Valid Driver’s License

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Police constantly warn people about allowing their cars to warm up unattended, but an armed man reportedly decided to steal a vehicle left running with a person in the passenger's seat.

It happened at around 6:50pm Thursday in the 300 block of Avon Street.  The victim told police that they were sitting in the passenger seat of their running green Pontiac Bonneville when an armed black man got into the driver's seat and ordered them out of the vehicle.  He then drove off.

No one was hurt, and no arrests have been made.


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