A carjacking suspect clad in a tuxedo and headed for a prom was arrested Friday when the victim of the crime spotted the stolen vehicle at a West Side McDonald’s, police said.
A judge set bail at $150,000 for Lorenzo Bracey in court today.
Bracey, 20, of the 300 block of South Kilbourn Avenue, was charged with aggravated vehicular hijacking, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of a firearm with a defaced serial number, all of which are felonies, said Harrison District police Lt. John Andrews.
Authorities have charged an 18-year-old man following a string of robberies late last month in which the getaway vehicle was a green sport-utility vehicle with disability license plates, police said.
Melvin Thomas, of the 4200 block of West 21st Place, was charged with armed robbery and attempted armed robbery, according to police News Affairs.
Police issued a community alert Sunday warning of robberies in the Little Village neighborhood in which the getaway vehicle is a green SUV with disability license plates that read “THINK1.”
The robberies took place at about 6 p.m. May 24 on the 2800 block of South Sawyer Avenue and about 6 p.m. on May 28 on the 4100 block of West 27th Street, police said in the email alert.
The robbers approached the victims while they were standing on the sidewalk, pulled out a gun, and demanded and forcibly took their cash, police said.
The robbers were driving a green older model SUV with Illinois disability plates that read THINK1, police said. The culprits were described as between the ages of 18 to 25, one of whom has curly hair and a dark complexion.
It was not immediately known if police are seeking anyone else as of Thursday evening.