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Two Kankakee County Men Convicted of Carjacking and Firearms Offenses

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Central District of Illinois

URBANA, Ill. – A federal jury returned guilty verdicts on November 18, 2022, against Anycco M. Rivers, 24, of the 1100th block of E. Merchant Street in Kankakee, and Ladonta A. Tucker, 30, of the 7400th block of E. Second Street in Sun River Terrace, for carjacking and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence. Rivers was further convicted of discharging a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence. Sentencing for Rivers and Tucker has been scheduled for April 17, 2023, at the U.S. Courthouse in Urbana, Illinois.

Over four days of testimony, the government presented evidence to establish that, on March 17, 2022, in Kankakee County, Illinois, Rivers and Tucker stole a vehicle at gunpoint, with Rivers discharging the firearm at nearby bystanders as the men fled the scene. Following a car and foot pursuit through Bourbonnais, Bradley, and Kankakee, Illinois, police apprehended Rivers and Tucker.

Rivers and Tucker remain in the custody of Jerome Combs Detention Center in Kankakee. At sentencing, Rivers and Tucker both face statutory penalties of up to 15 years in prison for carjacking. Tucker faces an additional five years in prison for carrying a firearm during a crime of violence, and Rivers faces an additional ten years in prison for discharging a firearm during a crime of violence. The firearm penalties run consecutive to the carjacking penalties.

The case investigation was conducted by Bourbonnais Police Department, Bradley Police Department, Kankakee Police Department, Kankakee County Sheriff’s Office, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Rachel Ritzer and William Lynch represented the government at trial.

The case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.

Updated November 21, 2022

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