$400K bail for suspect in carjacking of police sergeant

Tribune reporters

A judge set bail at $400,000 today for a man accused of carjacking an off-duty Chicago police sergeant on Sept. 6 in the South Shore neighborhood.

Christopher D. Jones, 19, of the 1300 block of East 69th Street, was charged with vehicular hijacking, vehicular invasion, and aggravated battery for the carjacking, police said.

Jones is also facing theft and burglary charges for three unrelated crimes that happened Sept. 12 and Aug. 25 on the South Side.

Asst. State's Attorney Christina Brewer said Jones gave a written statement about his involvement in the carjacking and said authorities are seeking others in the attack, which left the victim with two broken ribs, a sprained wrist, cuts on his eyes and head and a mild concussion.

Jones was tied to the crime when detectives recovered his fingerprint from the outside of the driver's side door of the silver 2006 Infinity SUV that was taken, police said.

The sergeant was carjacked near 71st Street and East End Avenue about 10:20 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6. He was behind the wheel of the SUV when attackers pulled him out, battered him and took off with the SUV, which contained his gun, badge and bulletproof vest, police said.

"I am happy about the fact that they have someone in custody," said the sergeant. He was reached by phone Saturday morning.

Jones was also charged with felony theft and felony burglary charges for two Sept. 12 incidents in the 5200 block of South Drexel Avenue, police said.

During one, he allegedly took a Nikon camera and an iPad; in the second, which was captured by video surveillance, he allegedly took a bicycle and a backpack from someone's back porch, authorities said.

Jones was also charged with misdemeanor theft for an Aug. 25 incident in the 6100 block of South Kimbark Avenue during which he allegedly took a television, police said.

Jones was arrested Sept. 12 and his public defender said he is a high school graduate and works at KFC. | Twitter: @RosemarySobol1 | Twitter: @TribuneMM

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