ST. LOUIS, MO — In September, a man was carjacked by a child in St. Louis, Missouri, a city that has become known for its increasing rate of violent crimes.
48-year-old Sylvester Konateh is a part-time food deliverer and Army veteran, originally from Liberia, West Africa. The self-described people lover has lived in St. Louis for the past three years.
Konateh described himself by saying:
“I’m a humanitarian by nature. I worked for humanitarian organizations back home and here, so I love to help people when there’s a need of help,”
According to reports, on September 21st, Konateh said he was filling up his tank at a gas station in south St. Louis when a boy, he’d never seen before, approached him near Grand and Osceola.
“He walked from across the street and when he came by, he was like ‘My mom wants you to drop us off,'”
Konateh didn’t hesitate and thought nothing of giving the woman and her 11-year-old son a ride to the 4200 block of Page on the city’s north side.
When recounting the incident, he said:
“She got in my car and sat in the front seat. Her son was in back. I made a left on Page and stopped at a destination that she claimed was to be her house. The mom got out my vehicle, came around to my side and asked if she could give me a hug? I was like no. That’s OK. I’m fine,”
Within moments, the good Samaritan said the woman signaled her son to pistol-whip him several times.
“He kept hitting me across my head. I had a cut on my forehead and a bruise over my eye,”
After being beaten with the weapon, Konateh recalls the mother dragging him out of the vehicle, jumping in the drivers seat, and speeding off.
“I was never afraid. I’m not gonna lose my life for a vehicle. That’s when I pushed her and I dropped to the ground, hurt my knee and they took off in my vehicle,”
Luckily, police were able to locate Konateh’s vehicle, which was returned to him.
— Christine Byers (@ChristineDByers) October 20, 2021
Konateh, a father of eight, is counting his blessings after the unexpected and brutal carjacking.
“I’m grateful to still be alive. I think I’m the happiest person. I do regret helping them because I was being a humanitarian and not even expecting a mom with a teenager to be a criminal. Yes, I think they both should be prosecuted in some kind of way,”
Police are still looking for the mother and her son.
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Cook County board president and ‘defund the police’ advocate with large security detail accused of hiding carjacking incident
October 10, 2021
CHICAGO, IL- Fox News reported that Chicago Democrat Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, who has condemned “systemic racism” in police departments and pushed to defund the police, has suggested that she was herself a victim in a carjacking and shooting incident involving her security detail.
🤫 Defund the police but not my police.
BTW you don’t need guns to defend yourselves. Suspects tried to hijack the car of a member of Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle's security detail. #Chicagohttps://t.co/wxZdGnQ18u
— John H (@hpjohn1) October 9, 2021
The incident reportedly happened in September, but only became public knowledge on Wednesday, October 6th. Two suspects allegedly tried to hijack the car of Preckwinkle’s security detail outside her home in Hyde Park on September 27th.
Preckwinkle was not harmed and was not in the vehicle when it happened, but the incident left neighbors rattled. Preckwinkle addressed the situation for the first time nearly a week after it happened.
Republican Cook County Commissioner Sean Morrison told Fox News that commissioners routinely receive alerts for major and minor crimes and violence in the area, but that this incident remained under wraps.
He suggested that Preckwinkle may have covered up the incident. He also suggested that it was hypocritical of Preckwinkle to criticize police while maintaining her own security detail. During a budget briefing on October 7th, Preckwinkle said:
“I was at my home and I heard gunshots. I think it’s important to say that this is a pending investigation. I can confirm that there was a violent incident two weeks ago. A member of my security detail was sitting outside my home, in his police vehicle.”
Toni Preckwinkle is explaining why her officer never released information after her security detail was attacked twice outside her Hyde Park home. https://t.co/Jdx96sjDHX
— ABC 7 Chicago (@ABC7Chicago) October 9, 2021
According to an emergency dispatcher on the night of the incident, a Cook County Forest Preserve police officer said assailants “attempted to carjack him and he returned fire at them.” The assailants fled, with one leaving a shoe behind.
Shortly after the officer fired his gun, Chicago police responded to the call of a 19-year-old man with a gunshot wound in an apartment nearby. The officers who entered his apartment found several pairs of shoes manufactured by the same obscure company that made the shoe that police found abandoned near Preckwinkle’s.
After doctor’s treated the man’s gunshot wound to the knee, police arrested the man on an outstanding warrant because he failed to appear in court on a pending felony charge of possessing a stolen motor vehicle. Preckwinkle said:
“I think this incident underscores how close to home violence is. There’s been an uptick of crime in my own neighborhood in Hyde Park.”
Why is Toni Preckwinkle, president of the Cook county, Illinois board of commissioners, using forest preserve police to guard her home? Why isn't using the Chicago police department? https://t.co/BWyKmygLOB
— Edward C. Stengel (@aboogalooz) October 9, 2021
Despite her brush with violence, Preckwinkle has been “doubling down” on her anti-police agenda. The day after she finally acknowledged the violent incident, Preckwinkle brought up the idea of “reimagining or resourcing money away from 911 boards to mental health programs.” Morrison said:
“She’s a complete gas-lighter. It’s gobsmacking.”
In July 2020, the Cook County Board made decisions to defund the police. After the board approved the resolution, Preckwinkle said:
“I’m for reducing and redirecting our investment in law enforcement. Systemic racism continues to plague our communities. We’re over-policed and there’s a disproportionate number of black deaths at the hands of the police.”
Morrison faulted her for “hypocrisy,” adding:
“Although she wants to defund the police, the president’s protective detail has only grown in size.”
He suggested that Preckwinkle may have covered up the incident because it is inconvenient for her political narrative. He said:
“You have to believe either that there are no policies in place to report the use of force or that you made the wanton intentional decision to not report it.”
Editor note: In 2020, we saw a nationwide push to “defund the police”. While we all stood here shaking our heads wondering if these people were serious… they cut billions of dollars in funding for police officers. And as a result, crime has skyrocketed – all while the same politicians who said “you don’t need guns, the government will protect you” continued their attacks on both our police officers and our Second Amendment rights.
And that’s exactly why we’re launching this national crowdfunding campaign as part of our efforts to help “re-fund the police”.
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