Richard Ray

Suspect in Carjacking Spree to Appear in Federal Court

The suspect in a string of carjackings on Chicago's Near North Side was expected to appear in court Monday, as police move forward with a major crackdown on carjackings across the city.

Chicago police announced new tools to combat carjackings Sunday, including five new patrol vehicles with "License Plate Reader technology" to help recover stolen vehicles.

The license plate readers constantly scan plates on the road to identify stolen cars, officials said.

"It’ll show all the plates we’ve scanned, where we’ve traveled," said Sgt. Keith Blair, with CPD's Major Auto Theft Unit.

"We now have 40 cars that will read license plates and know if a car is stolen and be able to go after it," Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in announcing the upgrades Sunday.

"You can’t get 100 percent carjacking arrests if it wasn’t for the technology and the good supervision of our officers," Emanuel added.

One of those arrests included 23-year-old Earrious Moore, who was arrested Thursday in connection with an hourslong crime spree across the Near North Side.

Authorities said Moore first shot his brother in the city's Austin neighborhood, then embarked on a string of four carjackings at gunpoint, as well as two shootings. He was arrested in the lobby of a Gold Coast condominium building.

Moore was charged with one federal count of attempted carjacking, officials announced. He was expected to appear in court Monday.

A task force of local and federal officials, assembled last year to combat carjackings, continues to handle his case.

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