Chicago man sentenced to 20 years after 2019 Aurora car hijackings
A Chicago man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison after a series of car hijackings in 2019 in suburban Aurora.
Calvin Taylor, of Austin, was arrested by Illinois state soldiers after hijacking three people at gunpoint on June 29, 2019, according to the County State Attorney’s Office. Kane.
That day, Taylor approached a man pumping gasoline at a gas station in the 300 block of South Broadway Avenue, pointed a handgun and drove off with his Kia Sedona, officials said. .
Taylor then crashed the Kia near Indian Trail Road and Lake Street, officials said.
A man driving a Chevrolet Impala pulled over and asked if he needed help, officials said. Taylor hopped into the Chevrolet and drove off before briefly crashing into a Dodge Avenger near the Farnsworth Road entrance ramp to Interstate 88.
The woman driving the Dodge got out of her car to offer to help Taylor and he jumped in and took off east on I-88, the state attorney’s office said.
State police took him into custody after crashing the third vehicle and attempting to escape on foot, officials said. The soldiers found the handgun inside the Kia.
Taylor has been charged with gun violence and possession of a stolen motor vehicle, officials said. He will receive credit for the 661 days spent in the Kane County Jail.
“Mr. Taylor used a firearm to initiate a series of crimes involving the theft and crashing of three cars on busy roads and streets,” Kane County assistant attorney said, Jake Matekaitis. “He put many lives in danger and is fortunate that no one was seriously injured or killed. He is dangerous and the community is safer with him in prison.”