Crime & Courts

Teen charged with hijacking woman’s vehicle in Steger, stealing wallet, phone

Bond set at $1 million for teen charged with Jan. 4 incident

Ben Rufus Jr.

An Oak Forest teen was jailed after he was charged with committing an armed hijacking of a vehicle in Steger.

About 9:40 p.m. Monday, Ben Rufus, 18, of the 4300 block of Henry Street was booked into the Will County jail on charges of aggravated vehicular hijacking, armed robbery, vehicular hijacking, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, concealing or aiding a fugitive and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.

Rufus’ bond was set at $1 million, jail records show.

Rufus was charged with stealing a Dodge Durango from a woman Jan. 4 “by the use of force or threatening the imminent use of a force” while he was armed with a firearm, according to a criminal complaint filed by prosecutors.

Rufus also stole the woman’s wallet and cellphone, prosecutors said.

The criminal complaint said Rufus had prevented the apprehension of another suspect in the Steger vehicular hijacking incident by driving away from the scene of the crime.

Rufus was charged with unlawfully possessing a Glock pistol while he was in a Nissan Sentra.

Rufus is scheduled to appear in court Feb. 1, jail records show.