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Joliet police: Crest Hill man rammed car and drove away

Jason V. Yantz
Jason V. Yantz

JOLIET – A 23-year-old man intentionally rammed another vehicle Tuesday on a Joliet street, according to police.

The incident occurred at 8:48 p.m. while two men were riding on McDonough Street in a 2012 Hyundai Sonata. Deputy Police Chief Ed Gregory said the Sonata was stopped at a red light to turn north on Larkin Avenue when a brown Ford Taurus occupied by four people pulled up in the next lane.

"The driver, who was later identified as Jason V. Yantz, and the passengers began yelling, swearing and flashing gang signs at the occupants of the Sonata [whose] driver yelled back he is not in a gang and didn't want any problems," Gregory said.

According to Gregory, when the light turned green the Sonata attempted to turn, but Yantz turned so the front of the Taurus struck the Sonata on the passenger side. No one was injured. The 27-year-old driver pulled the Taurus into a nearby gas station and the Sonata began to follow, but then sped off on Larkin, Gregory said.

"The [Sonata] drove after the Taurus because the driver wanted to get the license plate number," Gregory said. "The Taurus traveled at a high rate of speed onto Jefferson Street – veering into oncoming traffic – then turned onto northbound Nicholson Street where it jumped the curb."

After responding officers met with the Sonata's occupants, the Taurus was located in the 200 block of Nicholson Street, Gregory said.

"Officers saw an apartment with the rear door open, knocked and announced, 'police,' before they went upstairs," Gregory said. "One woman was coming down the stairs and they went up to find 12 males inside an apartment – none of whom claimed to live there."

Gregory said one man claimed to have been driving the Taurus, but police determined he was not the suspect. As the dozen men left the apartment, Yantz, of the 1400 block of Pioneer Road in Crest Hill, was identified by witnesses and arrested on charges of vandalism and reckless conduct.

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