15-year-old charged with carjacking woman in West Loop parking garage

Chicago police say a 15-year-old boy has been charged with carjacking a woman inside a parking garage at the Presidential Towers complex in the West Loop on August 12. CPD previously announced that a 14-year-old boy and a 16-year-old boy were also charged in the case.

All of the teens are charged with aggravated vehicular hijacking while armed with a firearm. The 15-year-old was arrested Thursday in the 1100 block of South Hamilton, the same block that is home to the Cook County juvenile court and detention center.

The Presidential Towers parking garage, 32 South Jefferson. | Google

The woman was walking to her car in the garage at 32 South Jefferson when a male confronted her and demanded her property around 6:35 a.m. A police spokesperson said she refused to cooperate with the robber, but two more offenders appeared, and a “physical altercation ensued.”

The group eventually gained control of the woman’s property and fled in her Subaru.

Chicago police did not release any details about how they linked the three teens to the hijacking.

Chicago Police Supt. David Brown told the City Council last month that 117 of the 219 people charged with vehicular hijacking this year were under the age of 18.

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