$300K bond for man charged with Gresham carjacking

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Martinez Booker | Chicago Police

A 20-year-old man stole a woman’s car at gunpoint before leading police on a brief chase early Thursday in the South Side Gresham neighborhood, authorities allege.

About 5:50 a.m., Martinez Booker was armed with a shotgun when he walked up to a woman as she got out of her car in the 1100 block of West 81st Street, and he demanded her keys, according to Chicago Police.

Officers spotted the car soon after in the 700 block of West 76th Street, and Booker was arrested after a pursuit to the 7900 block of South Parnell, police said.

Booker, of the 200 block of North Central, was charged with felony counts of fleeing police, possession of a stolen vehicle and unlawful use of a weapon. He also faces misdemeanor counts of ammunition possession without a FOID card and driving without a license, police said.

A judge ordered him held on a $300,000 bond at a Saturday hearing, according to the Cook County sheriff’s office. He is due in court again Thursday.


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