Boy, 15, charged with Uptown carjacking

A 15-year-old boy has been charged with carjacking a man in Uptown last month, police said.

The victim, a 41-year-old man, was walking near the 1300 block of West Argyle when three strangers approached him and displayed a handgun around 7:11 p.m. on May 19, a CPD spokesperson said. The offenders forced the victim to lead them to his car, and he complied. When they arrived at the man’s vehicle, the hijackers got into his gray Honda Civic and drove away westbound on Argyle.

On Monday, officers arrested the 15-year-old on the 3800 block of West Polk in the Lawndale neighborhood, according to a CPD statement. Police said the teen had been identified as one of the carjackers.

Prosecutors charged him with felony aggravated vehicular hijacking with a firearm. Police were unable to release additional details about the teen because he is a juvenile.

The Uptown carjacking came amid a series of similar crimes on the North and Far North Sides during the same week.

According to city records, Chicago logged 214 carjackings in January and another 125 in February, but the pace of hijackings slowed in March and April. Still, every month this year has seen significantly more carjackings than the same month in 2020.

There are signs that hijackings may be increasing again. CPD recorded 73 carjackings this month through last Wednesday. If that pace continues, the city will see 119 cases in May. That compares to 98 last month and 96 in May of last year, the city data showed.

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