Hijacking Investigation In River Forest Leads To Arrest

October 18, 2016

By Marty Carlino

After a near two-week investigation, the River Forest Police Department (RFPD) has arrested and charged Markeese D. Guider, 19, with two counts of aggravated vehicular hijacking and one count of criminal trespass.

According to a police report from RFPD, at approximately 1:05 p.m. on Sept. 26, RFPD responded to a call of a man with a gun on the 7600 block of Central. The responding officers arrived on the scene to learn that two male offenders, one armed with a shotgun, approached a female who was driving a 2009 BMW and the subjects ordered the women from the car and fled from the scene in the victim’s vehicle.

After the incident, RFPD learned that a small red car had driven the offenders to the location, and that car followed the stolen car from the scene.

Several days later, the stolen BMW was recovered parked on the street in the area of Division and Parkside in Chicago. The vehicle had been stripped for parts and was vandalized.

RFPD evidence technicians recovered several latent fingerprints and palm prints from the vehicle, along with DNA evidence. A forensic fingerprint examiner was called in and he was able to identify several suspects from the recovered fingerprints/palm prints through comparison of the FBI and State of Illinois fingerprint databases.

In coordination with the Chicago Police Department (CPD), FBI Violent Crimes Task Force was able to develop additional investigative leads. On Oct. 11, River Forest detectives along with assistance from other involved agencies located and arrested Guider for his involvement in the aggravated vehicular hijacking.

After an assessment from the Cook County Felony Review Unit, Guider was charged with two counts of aggravated vehicular hijacking and one count of criminal trespass to vehicle.

Two other suspects have been identified as participating in the September 26 incident. One is currently in custody for an unrelated offense and the other suspect is currently being sought by RFPD detectives and task force members.

 “This violent event terrified the victim, witnesses, and the community at large,” said River Forest Deputy Chief James O’Shea. “Even though the investigation is ongoing, the success so far is due to a combination of forensics, technology, interdepartmental cooperation, and boots on the ground strategies. We would ask residents to remain vigilant and to call police immediately when a crime or suspicious incident occurs.”

Guider is currently being held at the Cook County Jail. Further information will be released once additional arrests and review by the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office is completed.       

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