Bond Set at at $500,000 in Plainfield Hijacking, Kidnapping Attempt

Erin Johnson remained in the Will County jail Wednesday.

Bond was set at $500,000 Wednesday for a  Plainfield man accused of trying to steal a woman’s car — and kidnap her in the process.

Erin Johnson, 19, of 16491 Plainsman Circle is charged with kidnapping, aggravated vehicular hijacking, armed robbery, aggravated battery and aggravated assault.

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Police said Johnson was looking to steal a car when he approached a woman as she was getting into her vehicle during the pre-dawn hours of Nov. 13 and attempted to force her into the passenger seat.

During a court appearance Wednesday afternoon, Johnson’s bond was set at $500,000, according to Will County jail records.


Plainfield Sgt. Mike Fisher said Johnson was armed with a knife when he attacked the victim, who sustained minor injuries. When she fought back, the commotion drew the attention of a neighbor, who intervened, causing Johnson to flee, police said.

Johnson was arrested early Tuesday morning after what police called an “extensive manhunt,” complete with two K-9 units.

After being interviewed at the Plainfield Police Department, Johnson was booked into the Will County jail, where he remained Wednesday night in lieu of $50,000 bail, or 10 percent of his bond.

The hijacking and kidnapping charges aren’t Johnson’s only legal problems. According to Fisher, the teen is well known to police.

Will County court records show that Johnson pleaded guilty Oct. 4 on burglary charges and was released that same day after posting $12,000 bond. He is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 5.

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Jachooz November 15, 2012 at 03:11 PM
The article calls him a man? No. He's a piece of trash.
concerned and armed citizen November 15, 2012 at 06:14 PM
Now that's what im talking about? I wonder where his famoly keeps getting all this money to bail him out? What a lost cause great news tho now the justice system is listening to its people who just want to live in peace you know whats next? Dont stop there you k.ow hes associated with other punks sentence erin to 15 years and give him an option of 7 instead to rat out all his other hoodlum friends that have done crimes. Baby steps but this is a very great step hope to never have to see his face in towm again sorry if i spund harsh but enough is enough sadly tax dollars will pay for him thank god hes not coming to my county.
Frank November 15, 2012 at 07:20 PM
I think $50,000 bond is far too light. This person invaded a vehicle by force, attempted kidnapping, armed robbery and attempted vehicular hijacking and wounded the victim in the struggle and he can get out on $50k bond? After having a list of priors as long as my arm? This is a dangerous person that should NOT be out loose on the streets.
Zaney November 15, 2012 at 09:00 PM
I hope Aron and his K9 friend from Joliet got a little chunk out of him before he was taken down by the police and handcuffed!!! Teach him to run from our K9 superstar!!
T-Bone November 16, 2012 at 01:27 AM
All I know is, I am glad to hear this Punk was caught the day it happened! All the pratice the PPD is getting lately the better they are getting I see. Just sucks to see the Crime getting more violent each time! Watch your backs people!
Anonymous November 16, 2012 at 04:27 AM
And I pay 6000 in property taxes so my children can go to school with animals like this.
Anonymous November 16, 2012 at 04:31 AM
Kevin S November 16, 2012 at 04:54 AM
And the family or whatever sucker(s) posted that 12K bond just lost it. I'm guessing nobody is lining up to pay 50K on this one. Crime is getting out of hand & I hope dozens of people, if not 100s of people show up on Dec. 5th for his hearing. He's going down for sure for several years years, but a big turn out from the community and some media coverage might make it a few more.
concerned and armed citizen November 16, 2012 at 05:03 PM
Kevin your right i live an hour away and want to see him behind bars im telling you it has to start now locking people up before its to late non of this oh but he didnt kill anybody lets just give him community service b.s. What time is the hearing and where?
lori h November 16, 2012 at 05:03 PM
this kid is constantly in and out of jail ive been his neighbor for the past 6 years and i dont understand why he wasnt permanently locked up a LOOONNNNNGGGGGG time ago. wayyy over due if you ask me. that kids a psycho and always has been.
concerned and armed citizen November 16, 2012 at 05:43 PM
Lets hope that now that hes an adult (technically not mentally) the allegations can stick and he can be gone for very long. He has way too much time on his hands in the real world. Ive seen him too next door he does nothing but prowl around up to no good just by the way he acts i can tell and now this.
my conscience November 18, 2012 at 05:07 PM
Sad. I have the feeling that people that exhibit this kind of behavior (car jacking for example) do so in large part because of a poor growth environment. Car jacking is not all that common around here, but when it happens the culprits all seem to share a common lack of the understanding of civilized behavior. I do not think they necessarily lack the mental ability, but probably were just raised without proper guidance and teaching. Sad now that the environment for this fellow is going to get even worse (subject is innocent until proven guilty) and sad for the rest of us unless the Illinois Dept of Corrections happens to correct him before he is released after serving time. What are the chances of that?
karen watkins November 19, 2012 at 06:19 PM
i agree. Does this mean he is out and free right now??
concerned parent December 30, 2012 at 08:57 PM
He needs to get locked up for a long time! This kid is really bad news and has been a thorn in our side for a long time. His mother enabled his behavior and she should be ashamed of herself!
georgia January 10, 2013 at 02:19 AM
Whatever happened to him?
Kevin S January 11, 2013 at 12:46 AM
According to the Will County Circuit Court website, he has 4 pending cases before the court as of now. They include a Burglary from July (to which he plead guilty and is awaiting sentencing), Use of a Forged Credit Card from August (to which he also plead guilty and is awaiting sentencing), Resisting a Peace Officer also in August but on a different date (yep, plead guilty and awaiting sentencing), and from the subject of this article, Vehicular Highjacking w/ Weapon and Armed Robbery no Firearm. That case is still in pre-trial. His next appearance before a judge on all of these cases is on 01/25/13 at 0930 in room 407 at the Will County Court House if you would like to attend. Best of luck to those of you who have this criminal as a neighbor.


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