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Gold Coast carjacker caught: Police

February 05, 2014|By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas | RedEye

A Chicago man was accused of robbing a woman at gunpoint in the Gold Coast and stealing her car on New Year's Day after he was caught in the stolen car by police last week.

Brandon Burns, 23, of the 200 block of East 77th Street, was charged with aggravated vehicular hijacking and armed robbery after police officers saw him push a car into an Englewood gas station and determined that the car was reported stolen, according to police officials.

Burns was later accused of committing two armed robberies that took place on Jan. 1 in separate Gold Coast parking garages. In the first incident, which reportedly took place in the 100 block of West Superior Street just after 11 a.m., Burns approached a 24-year-old woman with a handgun and took her purse and wallet, according to the report.

In the second incident, around 2:40 p.m., Burns allegedly approached a 40-year-old woman in a garage on the 100 block of East Chestnut with a handgun, took her purse, and drove away in her car, according to the police report.

Police officials said Burns was identified by both women as their assailant.

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