Alleged serial carjacker sought in 11-year-old’s death has lengthy trail of arrests
BY JON SEIDEL Staff Reporter December 23, 2013 5:32PM
Rockie Douglas | Chicago Police photo
Updated: January 25, 2014 6:21AM
This isn’t the first time police have accused Rockie Douglas of going on the lam.
Nor is it the first time — or three — Douglas has allegedly been behind the wheel of a stolen car.
In fact, Lake County court records show the man whose alleged series of carjackings this weekend in Chicago led to the death of an 11-year-old South Side boy is well known to police in the far northern suburbs.
In the last two weeks, prosecutors there charged Douglas, 34, with robbery, theft, burglary, unlawful possession of a stolen vehicle and aggravated fleeing of an officer.
They said he broke into two homes, had possession of a stolen 2010 Nissan Altima and fled Zion police, going more than 21 mph over the speed limit. There’s a warrant for his arrest in that case, county officials said.
Now he’s the subject of a manhunt by Chicago, state and federal authorities for his crime spree this weekend in Chicago. Police have said he may be driving a light blue 2007 four-door Honda Accord with Illinois license plate X144777.
In at least one carjacking in the recent spree, Douglas allegedly flashed a blue-steel handgun. Police call him dangerous.
Court records show he was sentenced in August 2006 to five years in prison for a November 2005 burglary. He was originally charged in that case with aggravated kidnapping and unlawful possession of a stolen motor vehicle, records show. Both of those charges were eventually dismissed. He was released from state prison on Jan. 13, 2009, also having spent 209 days previously in the custody of the Lake County sheriff.
A grand jury initially contended in that case that Douglas secretly confined a young boy from Winthrop Harbor against his will. Details from that case were not immediately available.
He’s been accused several times of fleeing to Illinois, to avoid prosecution in Kenosha County, Wis., where he’s also been apparently quite active. One such “fugitive from justice” complaint said he faced 16 counts of burglary and 10 counts of theft north of the border.
Now, Chicago and state police say Douglas began a series of carjackings in Chicago on Friday, when he allegedly stole a green Dodge Caravan at 11:20 a.m. in the 800 block of West Irving Park Road.
Police said they tried to pull him over in that van Saturday, but he fled and crashed into an SUV in Englewood carrying 11-year-old Donovan Turnage, as well as his father and older brother.
Turnage, of the Chicago Lawn neighborhood, was pronounced dead a short time later. Meanwhile, Douglas allegedly stole a second car and got away.
Police said he stole a third vehicle, the 2007 Honda Accord, after the second stolen car broke down in the western suburbs.