2 Charged in January Carjacking, Shooting in Aurora That Left Woman Paralyzed

2 Charged in January Carjacking, Shooting in Aurora That Left Woman Paralyzed

Wendy’s in the 1200 block of N. Orchard Road. (CREDIT: Google Maps)

The Aurora Police Department has arrested and charged two people in connection with the January carjacking and shooting that left a woman paralyzed.

Aurora Police Chief Kristin Zeman at a news conference regarding the arrest and charges.

“That woman, 47-year-old Kimberly Weibring, is now permanently paralyzed from the waist down,” Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman said. “Let’s pause there for a moment to reflect upon this woman – who was minding her own business inside her car. She represents all of us who move through the world each day without harming anyone. Who, in a moment’s notice, become a victim of a violent crime at the hands of heartless evil-doers.”

An unnamed 16-year-old juvenile and 26-year-old Edward James McGee of Harvey, IL, face multiple felony charges related to the crime. Police say a third suspect was shot and killed during a carjacking in Lansing, IL, and a fourth suspect remains at large.

According to an Aurora Police Department news release, officers receive a 9-1-1 call at 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 16, after reports of a shooting and a carjacking in the Wendy’s parking lot in the 1200 block of North Orchard Road. When officers arrived, they found a woman on the ground in the parking lot with a gunshot wound to her back.

Aurora Fire Department paramedics transported the woman to an Aurora area hospital.

Detectives learned that the woman was eating inside her SUV in the Wendy’s parking lot, when numerous offenders approached the vehicle, opened the door, and started attacking her. She was pushed over the center console, shot in the spine, then pulled from the vehicle and thrown on the ground.

Police said today (Thursday, April 29, 2021) that the woman may be in a wheelchair for the remainder of her life.

Officers found a 2011 Ford Escape in the parking lot that was very low on gas. Detectives learned the Escape had been taken in another carjacking that occurred near Barber Greene Road and County Line in DeKalb County.

(CREDIT: Google Maps)

Detectives learned that the men involved in the incident were suspects in several carjacking cases in the Chicago metro area, prior to the DeKalb and Aurora incidents.

The victim’s vehicle, from the Aurora carjacking, was recovered on Jan. 20 in Harvey by members of Aurora Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigations. The vehicle was towed to be processed for forensic evidence. Detectives found bullet holes inside and outside the vehicle.

During the subsequent investigation, detectives received information from the Aurora Area Crime Stoppers Tip Line that identified numerous suspects involved in the Jan. 16 carjacking in Aurora.

On Wednesday, April 21, Aurora police detectives took a 16-year-old juvenile into custody in Harvey. The case was reviewed with the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office and the following felony charges were authorized against the juvenile:

  • One Class X felony count of Aggravated Battery with a Firearm
  • One Class X felony count of Aggravated Vehicular Hijacking
  • One Class X felony count of Armed Violence
  • Two Class 2 felony counts of Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle
  • One Class 3 felony count of Unlawful Use of a Weapon
  • One Class 4 felony count of Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon

Because the juvenile was 15 years old at the time of the incident, the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office has petitioned to have the charges upgraded to adult charges.

During the investigation, detectives believe the gun used in the Aurora incident was stolen during another carjacking in the Chicago Metro area.

Edward James McGee

On the evening of Monday, April 26, Aurora police detectives arrested 26-year-old Edward James McGee of the 15600 block of Turlington Avenue in Harvey. The case was reviewed with the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office and the following felony charges were authorized against McGee:

  • One Class X felony count of Aggravated Battery with a Firearm
  • One Class X felony count of Aggravated Vehicular Hijacking
  • One Class X felony count of Armed Violence
  • Two Class 2 felony counts of Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle

“I am so proud of our detectives who refused to rest until they were able to bring justice to Kimberly Weibring and the many other victims,” Ziman said. “Kimberly is lucky to be alive, but she has lost so much because of blatant disregard for life and humanity. This incident has strengthened the resolve of all of us in law enforcement and our commitment to justice.”

Investigations Bureau Cmdr. Jack Fichtel also praised the police work that resulted in the charges.

“The detectives diligently followed up on numerous leads, spokes to multiple witnesses, reviewed countless hours of digital data, and worked collaboratively with other local, state and federal law enforcement partners to bring justice to Kimberly,” he said. “I also want to recognize lead detective Christopher Cox, for his dedication and focus on this case, as well as his tenacity in identifying, locating, and interviewing the suspects and then obtaining the numerous felony charges in this case.”

Ziman underlined that assistance from the community was instrumental in the investigation that led to the two arrests.

“The tip into Crime Stoppers broke this case, and it reinforces the fact that the police and our citizens stand united against those who wish to harm our people and our communities,” she said.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Illinois State Police, the Harvey Police Department, the Lansing Police Department, the DeKalb Police Department, and the Hazel Crest Police Department assisted in the investigation.

Charges are not proof of guilt. The defendants listed in this release are presumed innocent and are entitled to a fair trial, at which it is the burden of the State to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

SOURCE: Aurora Police Department news release