Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Southeast Side Man Charged With Archer Heights Carjacking

By Tim Hadac
Managing Editor
Southwest Chicago Post

Police say they’ve solved a carjacking that occurred in Archer Heights earlier this month.

An 18-year-old Southeast Side man was charged with aggravated vehicular hijacking in connection with the crime.

Monte Handley, of the 9000 block of South Muskegon, was apprehended by police in the 7500 block of South Ellis on Tuesday, January 18—a day after the carjacking occurred in the 5000 block of South Kolin. In that crime, a vehicle was taken by force from a 26-year-old woman.

Police said Handley was also identified in connection with an attempted robbery that occurred at 1 a.m. January 18 at a business in the 1600 block of West 95th Street. They said Handley was observed inside the Archer Heights carjacking victim’s vehicle and that he attempted to flee from officers before he was placed into custody.

In connection with what occurred on January 18, Handley was charged with attempted robbery, aggravated fleeing, resisting arrest, driving on a evoked license and other crimes.

Bond was denied, and Handley is set to appear in court on Wednesday, January 26.

Archer Heights Civic Association President Thomas S. Baliga praised police for their actions.

"As the preeminent and resolute community watchdog group for Archer Heights, it is our responsibility to occasionally criticize police brass for any number of things when warranted," Baliga said. "However, we remain steadfast in our praise for police on the front lines. They are truly where the rubber meets the road, and we salute their work, day in and day out, to protect people and property." 

Coincidentally on January 18, CPD issued a community alert regarding other carjackings in Archer Heights.

Crime scenes include:
• 4900 block of South Keeler at 7:15 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 11.
• 4000 block of West 49th Street at 6:07 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 16.
• 4900 block of South Keeler at 6:10 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 16.
• 4500 block of South Keeler at 6:15 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 16.

Offenders were described as Hispanic men age 20-30, 5-foot-4 to 5-foot-11 and 140 pounds.

Those with useful information to share are encouraged to call CPD Area 1 detectives at (312) 747-8380 and refer to crime pattern P22-1-013.

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