Police believe the man who beat up and carjacked a 76-year-old man in the parking lot of a midtown Target store is the same man they arrested later Tuesday afternoon for stealing another car.
Investigators say, while they were recovering the carjacking victim's powder blue Cadillac at the Cedar Apartments near 11th and Erie Avenue, 35-year-old Brian Wayne Patterson had already stolen another car and driven a few miles away.
Police say the 76-year-old victim was loading groceries into the trunk of his car at the Target store when a man attacked him and took his keys. The victim was reportedly then dragged for a bit as the suspect took off in his car.
The elderly man was seriously injured, police say.
The victim's car was located at an apartment complex, but police had no luck locating the suspect there.
The carjacking happened around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at 17th and Yale. Jail records show Patterson was arrested just after 4 p.m. at 1400 North Evanston, after leading police on a chase.
According to his arrest report, Patterson ran a red light in front of a marked police car in a stolen truck and then sped up to get away. The officer followed and reported Patterson hit speeds of 50 to 60 mph in a 25 mph zone and ran five stop signs, one with a school bus about 30 feet away from it.
Police say Patterson stopped the truck and ran before officers caught up to him at a fence. They say they used pepper spray when he still wouldn't comply with their demands.
Officers found marijuana and pills, a Schedule IV drug, on Patterson, according to the arrest report.
He was booked into jail on charges of eluding, resisting arrest, obstructing police, driving under suspension, failure to stop for a red light, possession of a stolen vehicle and drug possession.
Records show Patterson has served time in prison. He has been convicted on several charges since 1998, including felony false impersonation, second degree burglary and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
Investigators interviewed Patterson Wednesday and added a count of first degree robbery by force or fear, and an additional $100,000 bond, against him.