An Oak Lawn resident was victimized when her car that was warming up was allegedly stolen on January 12th at about 5:15 p.m.
The victim’s son had started the car, which was parked in the private parking lot adjacent to her apartment building. The son left the keys in the car while it was running and alleged thief took the car. The victim noticed the car exiting the parking lot as she looked out her window. The victim began chasing the car on foot and was surprised to see the car stopped at 96th and Kenneth, where the offender was scraping ice from the car’s windows.
The victim yelled to the alleged offender, later identified as Maurice Nixon, a black 20 year old male from Chicago. The victim claims she told the offender that she had notified the police and he allegedly then began running away on foot. The police, while en route to the call, saw a man matching the description given by the victim in the Salem Church parking lot on Kostner Avenue. When Nixon saw the police he allegedly began running. The police officer on the scene ordered him to stop but he reportedly continued to run.
Nixon tripped as he was running and fell to the ground near 97th and Kolin Avenue. Two officers were able to catch him and take him into custody. According to the police, Nixon made a statement that indicated he though the car belonged to someone other than the owner. Instead of giving his name of Maurice Nixon, he allegedly told officers his name was Nimake Thaxon.
Later Nixon allegedly admitted giving a false name to the police officers because he was afraid that he had a parole violation warrant and did not want to be arrested. A check of the records indicated that the Illinois Department of Corrections had issued a parole violation warrant. Nixon, who is 20 years old, was charged with possession of stolen motor vehicle, operating a vehicle without a license and obstructing identification.
The Illinois Department of Corrections records indicate that a Maurice Nixon was sentenced to four years in prison for residential burglary in September, 2013. He was originally paroled in August of 2015 and is now back in custody as of January 17, 2017.