CHICAGO CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE — An Altgeld Gardens man is being held on $350,000 bond after he allegedly robbed and kidnapped an elderly man at gun point who had offered him help finding a job.
Micquel Jackson, 22, of 300 block of East 134th Street, was charged with armed robbery, aggravated vehicular hijacking and aggravated kidnapping of a 72-year-old man Tuesday.
Prosecutors said Jackson met the 72-year-old man at the Horseshoe Casino in Indiana earlier this month. The man was a retired teacher who ran a cell phone store and offered to help Jackson find work there.
Assistant State's Attorney Lorraine Scaduto said Jackson later called the man to talk about the offer in person. The man picked up Jackson at his home in Altgeld Gardens, and Jackson allegedly asked the man to stop by a friend's house to pick up something.
When Jackson and the man arrived at the friend's house, another young man got into the car and took out a "large black revolver," according to court documents. Jackson and the other man allegedly told the victim to continue driving and demanded the man's wallet and cell phone.
After taking the old man's wallet and cell phone, Scaduto said Jackson later pulled the man out of the car and demanded he get into the car's trunk at gun point. The old man refused and ran away from the car. Scaduto said the old man began knocking on doors nearby, and Jackson and the other young man fled.
Jackson was not immediately arrested that day. Scaduto said the old man later spotted Jackson at another casino, the Ameristar Casino, and Jackson was arrested there on Jan. 24.
Scaduto told Cook County Judge Israel Desierto the 22-year-old Jackson had been convicted of aggravated robbery last year and was sentenced to boot camp.
A public defender told Desierto Jackson has one child, and the judge ordered him held on $350,000 bond.