After shooting at a woman at gunpoint Tuesday morning, a Chicago man crashed that car into a wall, strangled a Good Samaritan who was trying to help, and then attempted to steal a second vehicle before lunging at a Chicago police officer, prosecutors said. in court.
A Cook County judge on Thursday ordered temporary detention of 30-year-old Deshawn Singleton without bail after he was charged with multiple felonies, including vehicle hijacking, attempted vehicle hijacking, aggravated battery and attempted disarming of a peace officer.
“The defendant has shown that he is a loose cannon whose behavior is erratic and unpredictable,” assistant attorney Sean Kelly said Thursday. “He poses a significant risk to the community as a whole.”
Singleton was not present at the hearing because he is still in hospital after the crash. His bail will be reconsidered at a hearing next week.
The incident began just after 8:30 a.m., when a woman was approached who was sitting in her car at the intersection of State Street and 35th Street waiting for her daughter to exit a nearby Starbucks.
Singleton got into the passenger side of the vehicle and pointed a gun at the woman and told her to “get the FK out of the car,” Kelly said. He then allegedly pushed her out and drove away.
Less than 15 minutes later, Kelly said a man running along the Lakefront Trail just north of 53rd Street saw that vehicle crash into a seawall and watched a disoriented Singleton step out of the driver’s door.
That man approached Singleton and offered his phone, but when he saw that Singleton had left the phone application, he grabbed his phone and tried to run away, Kelly said.
Singleton would then have chased the man and started to choke him, until the man almost lost consciousness. He wasn’t stopped until another Good Samaritan intervened and allowed the runner to flee across Lake Shore Drive, Kelly said.
Singleton also ran across the road, but turned in a different direction and soon found a man standing next to his vehicle at 5100 block of South Hyde Park Boulevard, Kelly said. He allegedly got into this vehicle and tried to drive away, but the owner fought back until a Chicago police officer arrived on the scene, Kelly said.
That officer ordered Singleton to stop at gunpoint, but he allegedly jumped over to the officer and tried to grab his service weapon, before finally taking Singleton into custody.
“The suspect is clearly a danger to the community,” Kelly said. “In this case, he has shown an extreme propensity for violence against innocent civilians.”
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