Auto thieves drag car owner for a full city block in River North

A 22-year-old man was dragged by for nearly a full city block by two teenagers who tried to steal his car in River North on Thursday evening, police said. The victim is going to be OK.

Police said the man left the keys in his 2013 Hyundai sedan while he ran into a business to pick something up on the first block of East Ohio around 9:10 p.m.

When the man came back outside, he saw two male teenagers inside his car, trying to drive away, according to CPD spokesperson Kellie Bartoli. The victim grabbed an open window on his car as the offenders sped away, dragging him all the way to State and Ontario, where the offenders crashed into two other cars.

Both offenders got out of the car and ran southbound on State Street, Bartoli said.

An ambulance transported the victim to Northwestern Memorial Hospital for treatment of a cut to his hand and knee pain. No other injuries were reported in the crash.

The suspects were described as two black males between 5’4” and 5’6” tall who are 14- or 15-years-old. One of them had a mohawk.

Area Central detectives are investigating.

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