3 teens arrested after crashing hijacked SUV in West Rogers Park

Police arrested three juveniles after witnesses reported seeing them waving handguns while circling West Rogers Park in a hijacked SUV on Friday evening. A fourth suspect managed to get away, police said.

Witnesses in two different locations called 911 about the teens, who were reportedly wearing ski masks and pointing guns from the car. Police found the black Chevy Equinox at a gas station on the corner of Peterson and Campbell around 7:15 p.m. They tried to pull the vehicle over, but the driver reportedly tried to ram one of the CPD units and sped away.

Four teenage males ran from the car when it crashed on the 6000 block of North Oakley a few minutes later. Cops searched the area and arrested three of them, all between 16- and 17-years-old, according to a CPD statement. One of the teens received minor injuries in the crash and was taken to St. Francis Hospital in good condition, according to police.

According to initial information, the Equinox was taken in an armed hijacking and may be linked to at least one shooting.

The 17-year-old who was driving the SUV is charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle. A 17-year-old male passenger is charged with misdemeanor counts of criminal trespass to vehicle and reckless conduct while a 16-year-old male passenger is charged with criminal trespass to vehicle.

A CPD spokesperson said the incident report did not mention any firearm recoveries.

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