Prosecutors: Man carjacked driver at Clark-Division — 2 years after he robbed one other man on the identical spot


Robert Pinkston | CPD

A Riverdale man who went to jail for robbing a passenger on the Clark-Division Purple Line station in 2018 was again in courtroom Thursday to face fees of carjacking a driver on the identical intersection in November.

Choose Arthur Willis ordered Robert Pinkston, 39, held with out bail.

“He actually returned to the proverbial scene of his final violent crime to commit the one that’s earlier than this courtroom right this moment,” Assistant State’s Legal professional Lorraine Scaduto stated.

Round 7 p.m. on November 27, a 30-year-old man parked his Toyota RAV4 on the 1200 block of North Clark and bumped into the close by Jewel-Osco. Scaduto stated the person seen Pinkston strolling towards him in a Cleveland Cavaliers jacket as he approached the shop.

When the sufferer got here out a couple of minutes later, Pinkston adopted him to his automobile and pulled out a handgun as they arrived on the man’s automobile, Scaduto stated. The person reportedly instructed police that he thought the carjacker would shoot him if he didn’t flip over his keys.

He dropped the keys on the bottom. Pinkston picked them up and drove away with the RAV4, Scaduto stated. A close-by CPD surveillance digital camera recorded the whole incident, she stated.

5 days later, Pinkston was knocked unconscious when he crashed with two different automobiles in south suburban Posen, in response to Scaduto. Posen cops couldn’t contact the SUV’s proprietor, so prosecutors solely charged him with felony trespass to car and driving on a suspended or revoked license after the accident.

In the meantime, Chicago police detectives continued to work the case. They despatched surveillance pictures of the carjacker to Posen cops who dealt with the automobile crash, they usually recognized the suspect as Pinkston, Scaduto stated.

CPD officers arrested Pinkston at his dwelling Tuesday.

Pinkston’s public defender identified that the sufferer couldn’t establish him in a photograph line-up.

On August 24, 2018, Pinkston robbed a 28-year-od man on the Clark-Division Purple Line station, situated at virtually precisely the identical spot the place the driving force was carjacked in November, Scaduto stated.

“I’ve a gun. You understand what that is,” Pinkston allegedly instructed the person earlier than ordering him to empty his pockets and hand over his money.

When cops discovered Pinkston sitting at a close-by bus cease a couple of minutes later, he was carrying a revolver loaded with six stay rounds and one spent spherical, Scaduto stated.

He finally pleaded responsible to illegal use of a weapon in alternate for a two-year jail sentence. He acquired 299 days credit score for time served, a 50% sentence discount for good habits, and was launched in August 2019 — one 12 months after the hold-up.

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