PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — The Peoria man accused of carjacking a 91-year-old man outside of OSF St. Francis Medical Center last month pleads not guilty.
Gabriel M. Messenger, 20, appeared in court via video Thursday afternoon.
Messenger asked to be given a public defender, who entered the plea on his behalf. Messenger is charged with aggravated vehicular hijacking after police arrested him for carjacking a 91-year-old man in late December.
Records state Messenger approached the victim while he was removing snow from his windshield. After a brief struggle, Messenger got into the vehicle and sped away.
The 91-year-old suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
He’s due back in court for a scheduling conference on March 23.