Two teenagers are charged with trying to carjack a 63-year-old man on an Edgewater grocery store parking lot Tuesday afternoon. They are also suspected of trying to hijack two other drivers’ cars earlier in the afternoon — one in Lincoln Square and another in Edgewater. Both of those attempts failed, too.
Their final hijacking effort unfolded around 4:12 p.m. on the Whole Foods parking lot at 6009 North Broadway.
The victim was inside his Mercedes GLC when the boys, ages 15 and 16, displayed a handgun and ordered him out, according to a police spokesperson and a CPD media statement. He complied, but the teens couldn’t operate the car and they ran away.
Officers searched the area and arrested the teens on the 6200 block of North Winthrop. They are each charged with one count of aggravated vehicular hijacking with a weapon.
Police suspect they are responsible for two similar hijacking attempts on Tuesday afternoon.
Around 2 p.m., a teenage male pulled on a driver’s door on the 2200 block of West Ainslie while displaying a handgun. The hijacking failed, and the offender ran down a nearby alley with an accomplice.
Two teenage males tried to carjack a woman at gunpoint on the 6100 block of North Clark around 3:15 p.m. Once again, the attempt failed and the pair ran away.
No injuries were reported in any of the incidents.