A teenager suspect in a recent carjacking attempt in Chicago, which led to the death of a 73-year-old veteran from the Vietnam War, has turned out to be on probation for a carjacking he committed in 2020.
Elderly Keith Cooper, who did two combat tours in Vietnam as a marine, died last week in an incident after two teenagers demanded his car.
The carjacking attempt occurred at about 12:30 pm on Wednesday.
Cooper was running errands when they showed up at a parking lot and punched him in the head several times.
Witnesses came quickly to try to stop the assault but Cooper collapsed about 2 minutes after the attackers had fled the scene.
Doctors pronounced him dead in hospital.
They said he suffered a heart attack as a result of the trauma from the assault.
The two suspects have been identified as 18-year-old Frank Harris and 17-year-old Dushawn Williams, prosecutors said.
The Chicago PD used footage from security cameras in order to put together the sequence of events during the carjacking attack.
The videos revealed that the pair come to Cooper from behind and snatched the car keys from his hands.
He immediately called for help and asked for his keys back.
At this point, the older suspect, Harris, began punching the elderly man in the head.
The attackers escaped as witnesses were calling 911.
Both Harris and Williams were arrested on Friday.
The former is facing charges of murder and vehicular hijacking.
The latter has been charged as an adult, with first-degree murder.
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Prosecutors revealed, however, that 18-year-old Frank Harris had just been sentenced to probation for another carjacking.
In May 2021, he was given a two-year probably for a carjacking he committed in September 2020.
The other suspect, 17-year-old Dushawn Williams, turned out to have been wanted for driving a stolen car.
Vietnam War veteran and former Marine Corps serviceman Keith Cooper died as a result of the carjacking attempt just several days before his 74th birthday.
Carjackings have skyrocketed across the country during the COVID-19 pandemic, and many of them are committed by juveniles.
Even though the worst carjacking stats are found on the West Coast and in some of the more central Midwest states, the city of Chicago saw more than 750 carjackings since the beginning of the year, putting it on course to surpass the 2020 number of 1,413 carjackings.