Crime & Courts

Algonquin-area man gets prison sentence in 2018 carjacking, police chase

Timothy M. Andrews
Timothy M. Andrews

An Algonquin-area man who threatened two police officers and carjacked an elderly woman said through tears Wednesday that he can’t imagine why he did “such a horrible and horrific thing to innocent people.”

Timothy M. Andrews was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison for aggravated vehicular hijacking and aggravated assault. He must serve at least 85% of his prison term and pay more than $13,000 in restitution, McHenry County Judge Sharon Prather said.

Andrews, who previously has been sentenced to prison seven times, wiped away tears as he offered an apology for his Feb. 6, 2018, actions. At the time, he wanted police to shoot and kill him, he said, adding that he’s glad now they didn’t.

“I don’t recognize the man who did this,” he said. “Who would do such a horrendous and horrible thing to innocent people?”

McHenry County Assistant State’s Attorney Rita Gara called the night’s events “violent and scary.”

The charges stemmed from a report of a hit-and-run near Sunrise Lane, Algonquin police Sgt. John Palmer said.

A car that matched the description of a vehicle involved in the hit-and-run crash earlier in the night later was abandoned in the middle of the road, Palmer said. Police spotted Andrews walking away from the vehicle, which was reported stolen out of Elgin.

The 31-year-old proceeded to lead police on a foot chase through a nearby Walgreens pharmacy drive-thru and through a wooded area. 

During the chase, Andrews lunged at Palmer with a knife in one hand and an ice pick in the other, the officer said Wednesday.

The chase continued into the Jewel-Osco parking lot at 1501 E. Algonquin Road, where Andrews smashed in the window of a 2003 Dodge Neon and “dove” inside, police said.

After blindly steering the vehicle from the floor for some time, Andrews forced an 83-year-old driver out of her car and onto her knees in the snow, Palmer said. As Andrews exited the parking lot at high speeds, he did a “doughnut maneuver” and tried to hit police with the vehicle, Palmer said.

Barrington Hills police found the stolen Dodge about an hour later. Andrews had struck a telephone pole on Haeger’s Bend Road east of North River Road near Algonquin. After about an hourlong standoff, Andrews surrendered about 9:50 p.m.

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