COOK COUNTY CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE — A 69-year-old woman alone at a South Side car wash on Monday afternoon may have looked like an easy target to a carjacker.
But the woman proved to be a formidable foe when she refused to let go of her car door and later tracked down the suspect using the GPS in her stolen iPhone, according to prosecutors.
Anthony Ray, 32, jumped in the driver's seat of the woman's car at Jeffrey Manor Auto Wash, 2544 E. 95th St., and the woman grabbed on to the door "hoping the defendant would relinquish the vehicle," prosecutors said.
Ray reversed, crashing into another car, and pulled onto 95th Street with the woman still hanging on, prosecutors said.
The woman lost her grip and tumbled onto the street, prosecutors said. Ray got away with the car, as well as the woman's purse, but only temporarily.
Police later found Ray and arrested him after the woman used the GPS tracking app in the iPhone he stole to locate the car, prosecutors said.
Ray, of the 10500 block of South Bensley Street, was released from the Illinois Department of Corrections only a month ago, said prosecutors, who added the carjacking "is how he celebrates his new release to freedom."
A Cook County judge ordered Ray held on $900,000 bail when he appeared briefly in court Tuesday.