Juvenile charged with carjackings in Uptown, Near West Side; Other crew members still on the loose

A 17-year-old male juvenile has been charged in connection with one of the many recently-reported armed carjackings in the Uptown neighborhood.

Prosecutors charged the teen with two felony counts of aggravated vehicular hijacking with a weapon and felony aggravated possession of a stolen motor vehicle. No further information was available about the boy because he is a juvenile.

Police said in a statement on Tuesday afternoon that the teen had been identified as one of the offenders who carjacked a vehicle in the 1100 block of South Jefferson on October 8th.

He was also connected with the armed carjacking of a Honda Civic in the 4800 block of North Paulina around 4:45 p.m. on Friday and with being in possession of a stolen motor vehicle on the South Side later the same day.

At least three other carjackings are believed to be connected to a crew that the juvenile worked with. The robbery team is believed to have carjacked another man’s vehicle in Uptown less than ten minutes before the Honda Civic was stolen on November 2nd.

Other carjackings that are believed to be linked to the crew were reported in the 1000 block of West Winona in Uptown on Saturday evening and in the 3800 block of North Greenview in Wrigleyville on October 30th. An Audi taken in the carjacking on Winona was found by Sunday evening by police in the Little Village neighborhood.

The carjacking victims all reported that between two and three robbers participated in the hijackings. So far, no other offenders are in custody.
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