Chicago man charged with Thanksgiving carjacking

Tribune reporter

A West Side man is behind bars after trying to steal a Range Rover with a Wisconsin woman and her two small daughters inside while her husband was buying a bottle of wine for Thanksgiving dinner in the Lakeview neighborhood Thursday, police said.

Tristan Jefferson, of the 5200 block of West LeMoyne Avenue, was charged with vehicular hijacking and robbery, according to police.

Jefferson, 28, was booked into Cook County Jail Friday after a judge ordered him held on $150,000 bond, according to the Cook County Sheriff’s office.

The Mequon, Wisc. family was in town for the holiday and on their way to visit relatives for the holiday celebration when the incident occurred about 3 p.m. Thursday outside a liquor store at Southport Avenue and Eddy Street, police said.

As her husband went into the store to buy a bottle of wine, Jefferson entered the Range Rover with the woman and her two daughters, 2 and 5, inside, according to a police report.

He demanded the woman “start to drive’’ three times and refused to let her and the children leave the SUV. The woman told police she was in fear for her life.

But the woman did not comply and he eventually fled northbound Southport after taking a cell phone from the SUV, according to the report.

Witnesses spotted him near Irving and Ashland and he was eventually nabbed at 1758 W. Irving Park Road, where he was arrested while still carrying the cell phone, the report said. 

Officers then brought back to the scene where the victims positively identified him, according to police.

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