ALGONQUIN – What began as a hit-and-run investigation in Algonquin ended in an armed carjacking and standoff with police.
Algonquin police responded about 8:45 p.m. Tuesday to the area of Sunrise Lane as part of a hit-and-run investigation, according to a news release from the Algonquin Police Department.
A car matching the description of one involved in a hit-and-run crash earlier in the night was found abandoned in the middle of the road, Algonquin Deputy Police Chief Ryan Markham said.
Police spotted Timothy M. Andrews, 30, of unincorporated Algonquin walking away from the vehicle, Markham said. The car was reported stolen out of Elgin on Wednesday.
When police approached Andrews, he fled on foot and was followed to the Walgreens at 1301 E. Algonquin Road, Algonquin. Andrews then displayed a knife to officers and ran to the Jewel-Osco parking lot at 1501 E. Algonquin Road, police said.
He unsuccessfully tried to enter one occupied vehicle and broke the window of another. The driver of the second vehicle, an 83-year-old Algonquin woman, exited her 2003 Dodge Neon and was not injured in the process, police said.
Once inside the Dodge, Andrews tried to hit two Algonquin officers with the car but missed them. He left the parking lot at a high rate of speed, and police did not try to follow the vehicle. The officers were not injured.
Markham said many factors are considered when police determine whether a chase should be continued.
“[Officers] need to take a lot of things into consideration – weather conditions, traffic, time of day,” Markham said.
It had begun to snow at the time of Tuesday night’s incident.
About 9 p.m., a Barrington Hills police officer found the stolen Dodge. Andrews had struck a telephone pole on Haeger’s Bend Road just east of North River Road near Algonquin.
Andrews refused to cooperate with police and fire officials.
“We knew he was armed,” Markham said. “He was in the car and making threats toward the officers. At that point, he was given every opportunity to come out and surrender. He refused to cooperate, [and it] turned into almost a barricaded subject-type incident.”
Algonquin police, Barrington Hills police, McHenry County Sheriff’s deputies and members of the Northern Illinois Police Alarm System – a multijurisdictional SWAT team – worked to safely coax Andrews from the vehicle.
He surrendered about 9:50 p.m.
Markham said carjackings in the Algonquin area are rare.
“I’m not aware of any other ones that have happened recently,” Markham said.
Andrews was charged with aggravated vehicular hijacking, possession of a stolen vehicle and aggravated assault in connection with the incident, police said. If convicted of the most serious charge, Andrews could face six to 30 years in prison. He’s due to appear in court Thursday morning.
He was taken to the McHenry County Jail after being treated at an area hospital for injuries he suffered in the crash.
Andrews has a lengthy criminal record in McHenry County, according to online court documents. He was sentenced to one year in prison in 2007 in connection with a mob action conviction and three years in 2009 in connection with a burglary conviction.
Andrews was conditionally discharged in 2011 after being convicted of disorderly conduct. In 2012, he was sentenced to three years in prison for possessing a stolen vehicle.
Andrews was sentenced to four years in prison in 2015 for domestic battery.