Evanston Teen Charged with Carjacking

The 19-year-old threatened a 69-year-old woman and stole her car in a Sheridan Road alley, police say.

Courtesy of the Evanston Police Department
Courtesy of the Evanston Police Department

An Evanston teenager has been charged with threatening a woman and stealing her vehicle in Evanston on Monday, according to Evanston police. He was also charged with trying to steal another vehicle earlier that day.

Police received a call around 12:30 p.m. Monday about a carjacking in an alley in the 600 block of Sheridan Road. The victim, a 69-year-old woman, was parked in the alley with the keys in the ignition when she said a man opened the vehicle’s door, threatened her and implied that he had a weapon, police said. He then pulled her from the vehicle and drove off.

The vehicle was found a short time later in Rogers Park, police said, and then drove back into Evanston where the driver hit two cars and then ran away. Police took him into custody in the 400 block of Keeney Street after finding him hiding under a back stairway. No one was injured in the chase.

The victim identified the man as the person who carjacked her. Police have identified him as Reneil Downer, of the 1300 block of Ashland Avenue.

Police learned that he had tried to steal another vehicle earlier that day near Lee Street and Forest Avenue.

Downer was charged with aggravated vehicular hijacking, aggravated battery and attempted possession of a stolen motor vehicle, police said.

Downer was paroled last month after convictions for possession of a stolen vehicle and fleeing police, according to the Illinois Department of Corrections website.

He is due in court June 11.

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Tantor June 06, 2014 at 01:08 PM
The "Man Who Killed Over a Kiss Gets 10-Year Sentence; Guilty Verdict in Huffing Trial, Alleged Fratricide As Family Mourns; U of C Doc Charged with Exposing Self to Teens in Deerfield" were probably also the victims of society, home abuse, which exists even among the well to do, were influenced by bad friends, and deserve our compassion since they, too, are human beings, and ought to be given a chance to be rehabilitated at some camp or other. Just as important, rehabilitation programs also help the economy because they create jobs for the rehabilitators, so taxpayers should be happy to see their taxes raised so they can be spent in all the great and, most of all, effective social programs that our leaders come up with in Illinois and throughout the nation, programs which create millions of jobs for the program administrators, therapists, academics who device the programs, etc. All the youth programs we have and more than are being planned reduce youth crime substantially, as the situation in Chicago illustrates. Look at how the 55 million anti crime youth program implemented by Governor Quinn has reduced crime.
Lisa S. June 07, 2014 at 12:38 PM
I know the woman who was carjacked. She is currently being treated for cancer. She is a grandmother. This is horrifying. Picking on the weak.
Jordan S. Zoot June 07, 2014 at 02:23 PM
Hopefully the attacker has a date with the electric chair.
Evans June 07, 2014 at 04:35 PM
Scroll down each link & you'll see that "Elmer Fudd" is...https://www.facebook.com/jszesq http://illinoiscarry.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=47571 http://illinoiscarry.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=47542&page=1 http://illinoiscarry.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=47542&page=2


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