Cabbie Carjacking Suspect Due in Court

Ensuing police chase ended with crash in Rogers Park on Wednesday morning

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    Larry Hampton

    A Chicago man charged with attempted robbery of a Subway restaurant and the ensuing police chase that ended with a crash in Rogers Park on Wednesday morning is due in bond court this morning.

    Larry Hampton, 40, of the 10700 block of South Prairie Avenue, was charged Thursday afternoon with two counts of aggravated vehicular hijacking, two counts of aggravated robbery and two counts of aggravated battery, according to a release from Des Plaines police.

    Surveillance Video: Subway Restaurant Robbery Attempt

    [CHI] Surveillance Video: Subway Restaurant Robbery Attempt
    Prior to stealing a taxi and crashing into a pole, a man tried to rob a Subway restaurant in Des Plaines. (Published Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011)

    According to police, Hampton allegedly asked a cab driver, Ilias Papaioannou, to drive him to Subway Sandwich Shop and then to a second Subway location, at 2096 Miner St., where Hampton allegedly attempted to take the cash register during a robbery attempt, according to police reports.

    The suspect then left the store, confronted Papaioannou and stole his keys. Alice Catalano, of Elite Taxi, said the suspect punched Papaioannou before taking off with the car.

    Chase Ending in Accident

    [CHI] Chase Ending in Accident
    A high-speed chase ended today when a stolen taxi crashed into a pole. (Published Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011)

    Papaionnou, 65, wasn't injured in the ordeal, but said Wednesday evening that he felt lucky to be alive.

    Hampton is due in court at 9 a.m.