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2 Men Charged In Multiple Carjackings, Auto Thefts

CHICAGO (CBS)-- Two men stood charged Sunday in connection with several carjacking incidents throughout the city.

According to police, Antonio Butler, 18, is suspected of taking vehicles in various parts of the city over a multi-day crime spree.

In Bond Court Sunday, a Cook County Assistant State's attorney said Butler stole three vehicles during a crime spree between March 25 and March 27. One was left running while someone went inside a building, and another belonged to a Cook County judge who was pumping gas when it was stolen, the prosecutor said.

The thefts happened in the 1600 block of South Trumbull Avenue in Lawndale at 11 p.m. Friday, March 25, the 2200 block of South Leavitt Street in the Heart of Chicago community at 6:54 a.m. Saturday, March 26, and the 3500 block of South Ashland Avenue in McKinley Park at 11:55 a.m. Sunday, March 27.

Butler is also accused in an armed robbery, prosecutors said. He is accused further of recording himself on video smoking marijuana with a gun on his lap while he was in an Audi with broken-out windows, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors said Butler has an extensive juvenile history.

He was held without bond.

Meanwhile, police said Jovantay Jerome Kindred, 23, is suspected of using a vehicle to hit several police cars. Police said he then attempted to flee the scene.

Butler is facing vehicular hijacking and armed robbery charges. Kindred is facing damage to public property charges, among others.

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