Chicago man charged in federal court with hijacking rideshare driver | USAO-NDIL

CHICAGO — A federal grand jury has indicted a man with carjacking and firearms charges for allegedly hijacking a rideshare driver’s vehicle at gunpoint in downtown Chicago.

NOAH RANSOM, 18, of Chicago, stole a Lexus RX350 from a Lyft driver on April 9, 2022, according to an indictment and search warrant unsealed Friday in U.S. District Court in Chicago. The Lyft driver picked up Ransom and four other men from a downtown Chicago hotel around 4 a.m., and shortly after, Ransom pointed a gun at the driver and ordered him to stop the car and out, the search warrant says. The victim complied and Ransom reportedly drove off with the other men in the victim’s car. About 90 minutes later, Illinois State Police identified the vehicle on Chicago’s South Side and ordered it to stop, but the car drove away, the search warrant said. After a 25-minute chase, the ISP forced the vehicle to a stop in the city’s West Loop neighborhood, arrested Ransom and the others after a foot chase, and discovered a handgun, the search warrant says. .

The indictment charges Ransom with carjacking and the use, carrying and brandishing of a firearm in a violent crime. The carjacking count faces up to 15 years in federal prison. The firearms charge carries a minimum prison sentence of seven years and a maximum sentence of life, which must be served consecutively to the sentence imposed for the underlying offense of hijacking car.

Ransom was arrested on Friday. A detention hearing is scheduled for Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mr. David Weisman.

The indictment was announced by John R. Lausch, Jr., United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; and Emmerson Buie, Jr., special agent in charge of the FBI’s Chicago field office. Valuable assistance was provided by ISP and the Chicago Police Department. The government is represented by Assistant US Attorney Jared C. Jodrey.

The public is reminded that an indictment is not proof of guilt. The accused is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which the government bears the burden of proving his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. If convicted, the court must impose a reasonable sentence under federal law and US sentencing guidelines.

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