COOK COUNTY CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE — The off-duty cop driving down a South Side alley alone probably looked like an easy target to the four would-be carjackers now charged with trying to steal his Mercedes.
The 36-year-old officer was driving southbound through an alley in the 7400 block of South Yates Boulevard around midnight on Sunday when four men appeared in front of him, forcing him to hit the brakes, according to a police report.
They allegedly surrounded the Mercedes and threatened the officer with what appeared to be a gun.
But when the cop identified himself and pulled his own weapon, the would-be carjackers changed their tune.
"Oh s---," said one, according to the report. "He is the police."
Rashee Herron, Deonta Brown, both 21, Marcus Johnson, 36, and Michael Jackson, 20, allegedly took off. They were quickly apprehended and identified by the officer, according to the police report.
All four were ordered held on $450,000 bond on charges of attempted vehicular hijacking with a weapon.