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Man rubbed officer's face in the snow before arrest: Police

  • Dion Cobbs and Johnatan Woodard, CPD handout.
Dion Cobbs and Johnatan Woodard, CPD handout.
January 09, 2014|By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas | RedEye

Two Chicago men were accused of hijacking a car in Lawndale on Tuesday afternoon, and one allegedly tried to elude a police officer by rubbing his face in the subzero snow, county prosecutors said.

Dion Cobbs, 19, of the 3400 block of West Flournoy Street, and Johnatan Woodard, 33, of the 7500 block of South Eberhart Avenue, were arrested Tuesday afternoon, when temperatures were below zero in  the city, after both were accused of hijacking a Jeep Cherokee on West Roosevelt Road.

The car was unattended when Cobbs and Woodard climbed in, according to court records, and when its 25-year-old owner returned, the men allegedly threatened the man with a gun and demanded he empty his pockets. Then the men told him to get out of the car, and drove off with it down Independence Street, the police report said.

Police officers gave chase until the two men jumped out of the car and fled on foot in North Lawndale. Cobbs, who was charged with vehicular hijacking, was arrested in the 1400 block of South Homan Avenue, and Woodard, who was charged with aggravated battery to a police officer, was arrested in the 3300 block of West 15th Street, where the report said he was hiding under a porch.

Woodard resisted arrest, the report said, occasionally punching the arresting officer in the face, until one officer tried to perform an emergency takedown, but tripped on the "deep snow" and fell to the ground alongside Woodard. County prosecutors said Woodard rubbed the officer's face in the frozen snow and then fled again, but was caught by another officer.

Both men were brought to the Cook County Criminal Courthouse Thursday afternoon and were ordered held on $250,000 bond.

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