Richard Ray

Judge Orders Mental Health Evaluation of Suspect in Carjacking Spree

A judge ordered the suspect in a string of carjackings on Chicago's Near North Side to undergo a mental health evaluation in his first appearance in federal court on Tuesday. 

Earrious Moore, 23, stood before a judge Tuesday for the first time since the alleged crime spree last week. Moore was arrested Thursday in connection with an hourslong crime spree that authorities said involved multiple carjackings and shootings. He was charged with one federal count of attempted carjacking. 

Chicago police 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 spoke in a soft tone as he answered the judge’s questions, prompting the judge to ask him to speak up.

Moore’s family was in the courtroom and quietly sobbed at the end of the court appearance. His attorney told the judge she was concerned about her client’s mental health.

The judge then ordered a mental health evaluation and requested treatment. 

Prosecutors wouldn't say why Moore was charged in federal court, other than it meets the statute of law. If convicted, Moore could face up to 25 years in federal prison.

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

Moore was next scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary and detention hearing - at which point a judge will determine his bond amount - on May 24. 

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