A Chicago man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for a string of carjackings in 2019 in Aurora.
Calvin Taylor was arrested by Illinois state troopers after he carjacked three people at gunpoint on June 29, 2019, according to the Kane County state’s attorney’s office.
Taylor approached a man pumping gas at a station in the 300 block of South Broadway Avenue, pointed a handgun and drove away in the man’s Kia Sedona, officials said.
Taylor crashed the Kia near Indian Trail Road and Lake Street, according to officials. A man driving a Chevrolet Impala stopped and asked if he needed help. Taylor jumped in the Chevrolet and drove away, but then crashed into a Dodge Avenger near the Farnsworth Road entrance ramp to Interstate 88.
The woman driving the Dodge got out to offer help and Taylor jumped in and took off east on I-88, the state’s attorney’s office said. State police took him into custody after he crashed once again and tried to run away, officials said. Troopers found a handgun inside the Kia.
Taylor was charged with armed violence and possession of a stolen motor vehicle, officials said. He will receive credit for the 661 days he has served in the Kane County Jail.
“Mr. Taylor used a gun to initiate a crime spree that involved stealing and crashing three cars on busy roads and streets,” Kane County assistant atate’s attorney Jake Matekaitis said. “He endangered many lives, and is fortunate no one was seriously hurt or killed. He is dangerous, and the community is safer with him in prison.”