A 17-year-old faces felony charges after a series of car hijackings targeting food delivery drivers, including one who was gunned down earlier this week in Hazel Crest.
Corey Lesser is charged as an adult with attempted murder in Wednesday’s shooting, among other charges, authorities said on Saturday.
A driver for the DoorDash food ordering app was finishing deliveries with his girlfriend in the southern suburbs that day, prosecutors said at a bail hearing.
At one stop, the driver got off to deliver a McDonald’s order while his girlfriend stayed in the car. It was then that prosecutors allege Lesser jumped into the front seat of the moving car, pointed a gun at the driver’s girlfriend and ordered her out.
She complied, but her boyfriend heard the noise and jumped into the passenger seat, trying to stop Lesser, who allegedly shot the driver in the groin.
The teenager then crashed the car and fled before being arrested by police, prosecutors said.
Four similar car hijackings by DoorDash drivers were reported on November 27 and 28, with Lesser listed as a customer in two of the delivery notes, prosecutors said. At Wednesday’s meeting, the name was different, but the IP address would match that of the commands under Lesser’s name.
The driver who was affected was hospitalized for two days and has since been released.
Lesser was held without bail. He is scheduled to appear in court again on Wednesday.