Boy, 17, charged River North armed robbery and other crimes

A 17-year-old boy is charged with robbing a woman during a wave of armed hold-ups in River North early Thursday. He is also charged with committing an armed carjacking in Chinatown on Wednesday and driving a car that was taken in an armed carjacking this summer, according to police.

Police said he has been identified as the person who robbed a 39-year-old woman on the 600 block of North LaSalle during Thursday’s spree. CPD previously said two men were robbed during the hold-up on LaSalle.

Two other armed robberies were reported within minutes of the LaSalle hold-up, including one in which a victim was shot. Police suspect all of the crimes were committed by the same crew, but the 17-year-old is only charged in one case.

Police said the teen was also part of a group that carjacked a 54-year-old man on the 200 block of West 22nd Place in Chinatown on Wednesday, September 8.

Officers arrested the boy Friday as he drove a stolen car in the Gresham neighborhood. That vehicle was taken during an armed carjacking in West Lawn on July 14, police said.

Prosecutors charged him with one count each of armed robbery with a firearm, vehicular hijacking, and receiving-possessing a stolen motor vehicle.

No further information is available about the teen because he is a juvenile.

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