Chicago Resident Gets 40 Years for Hijacking Pregnant Woman’s Car at Gunpoint in Downers Grove

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Daysean Washington-Davis, sentenced 40 years for carjacking pregnant woman's car (SOURCE: DuPage County State's Attorney's Office)
Daysean Washington-Davis, sentenced 40 years for carjacking pregnant woman’s car (SOURCE: DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office).

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin announced today, Saturday, October 15, 2022 that a Chicago man who hijacked a pregnant woman’s car from her driveway has been sentenced to forty years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. Daysean Washington-Davis, age 22, formerly of the 2200 block of Marshall Blvd., appeared in court yesterday where Judge Michael Reidy handed down the sentence. On April 25, 2022, Washington-Davis entered a blind plea of guilty to one count of Aggravated Vehicle Hijacking with a firearm, a Class X Felony. At the time of the offense, Washington-Davis was on bond out of Cook County for Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon. On July 7, 2022, one of Washington-Davis’s co-defendants, Emanuel Embry, age 22, formerly of the 100 block of N. Wood Street, Chicago, entered a plea of guilty to one count of Aggravated Vehicle Hijacking with a firearm. His next court appearance is scheduled for October 20, 2022, for setting. The case against another individual allegedly involved, Martavious Robinson, was originally charged in Juvenile Court. On August 10, 2020, the Court granted the State’s motion to transfer Robinson’s case to adult court. His case is currently pending.

Blind Plea

A blind plea is a guilty plea with no agreement regarding an exchange of a lighter sentence for the guilty plea.




On Friday, December 13, 2019, at approximately 2:27 p.m., the Downers Grove Police Department responded to a carjacking that had just occurred on Hawkins Street. An investigation into the matter found that the victim, a pregnant female, was sitting in her vehicle in her driveway when she was approached by two masked, armed individuals, later identified as Embry and allegedly Robinson. It is further alleged that the men ordered the woman out of her vehicle and drove off in her car. Washington-Davis was the driver of the vehicle that allegedly brought Embry and Robinson to the Hawkins Street address. A friend of the victim had observed the alleged carjacking and followed the stolen vehicle. It is alleged that when the stolen vehicle was stopped in traffic, the victim’s friend approached the vehicle at which time the occupants exited the vehicle and fled. As the victim’s friend moved the victim’s vehicle off the roadway, Washington-Davis entered the victim’s friend’s car and drove away. Through the course of their investigation, authorities were able to apprehend Robinson on December 13, 2019. On December 17, 2019, authorities took Washington-Davis into custody from his apartment and several hours later authorities apprehended Embry in Chicago. Further investigation into recent carjackings found that the same three individuals, Washington-Davis, Embry and allegedly Robinson were involved in two previous armed carjackings, one in Downers Grove on November 30, 2019, and another in Warrenville on December 13, 2019, approximately twenty minutes prior to the crime for which Washington-Davis was sentenced today.

“In late 2019, Mr. Washington-Davis, Mr. Embry and allegedly Mr. Robinson, terrorized DuPage County residents stealing three vehicles at gunpoint in two-weeks’ time. Violent crimes such as these have an incredibly crippling effect on not just the immediate victims, but the entire community as well leaving residents to fear for their personal safety. Judge Reidy’s sentence sends the strong message that in DuPage County there will be a steep price to pay for anyone convicted of a violent crime. I thank Assistant State’s Attorneys Kristin Sullivan and Nick Catizone for their efforts in holding this defendant responsible for his actions.”

— DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin

Martavious Robinson, charged with Aggravated Vehicular Hijacking with a Firearm and other charges (DuPage County State's Attorney's Office)
Martavious Robinson, charged with Aggravated Vehicular Hijacking with a Firearm and other charges (DuPage County Sheriff’s Office).

As the case against Robinson is still pending, members of the public are reminded that the complaint contains only charges and is not proof of the defendant’s guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the government’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Emanuel Embry, charged with Aggravated Vehicular Hijacking with a Firearm (SOURCE: DuPage County State's Attorney's Office)
Emanuel Embry, charged with Aggravated Vehicular Hijacking with a Firearm (SOURCE: DuPage County Sheriff’s Office).

Emanuel Embry, then age 19, was armed during the carjacking. He was charged with Aggravated Vehicle Hijacking with a firearm, and his next court date is October 20, 2022.

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