SCHAUMBURG, Ill. — A man from Chicago has been charged after allegedly robbing a woman at gunpoint in a Northwest Suburban mall parking lot, and leading police on a chase away from the scene Thursday afternoon.
Police said 28-year-old Jaquan Wilkins was charged with illegal possession of a firearm, criminal damage to state-supported property, aggravated fleeing and eluding, and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.
According to police, Wilkins, who was already out on bond in relation to a Will County attempted murder case, started his crime spree with an armed robbery that happened in the Woodfield Mall parking lot — while the victim’s infant was inside the vehicle.
“Once we hear there’s a crime, especially when it happens in a mall setting, they usually go to another mall,” said Deputy Chief Reid Foltyniewicz. “As we heard from the LPR, the hits that we call it, we saw the bread crumbs.”
What Foltyniewicz means by LPR is License Plate Reader, aka a camera that can photograph license plates. After Wilkins was caught on camera by license plate readers in Oak Brook, Foltyniewicz said police knew they were coming from the North headed in a southern direction.
That’s when police spotted Wilkins at the Oak Brook Center Mall. Officers tried to box Wilkins in, but police said he was able to evade officers, and lead them on a chase.
During the chase, police said Wilkins crashed into two other vehicles before getting on I-88.
“Dangerous person, had an illegal firearm, we don’t know what else they [had at the time],” Foltyniewicz said. “We don’t know what else they’ve done that day so, very dangerous situation.”
The Downers Grove Police Department then picked up the chase on Southbound Highland Avenue, and spike stripped Wilkins’ car on Ogden Avenue, after which he allegedly hit an unmarked police vehicle and came to a stop.
Police said once Wilkins came to a stop, he allegedly threw a loaded Glock 43 out of the window of his car before he was taken into custody by police.
Police recovered the handgun and despite police saying Wilkins hit several vehicles, no one was injured during this incident.