Parolee crashes in Uptown, steals nearby car with baby inside; child OK, suspect in custody

Chicago police have a man in custody after he allegedly crashed a car in Uptown, then stole another vehicle nearby that had a 2-month-old boy in the back seat on Sunday morning. Police found the stolen car, arrested the suspect, and safely recovered the baby in the Loop a short time later.

The incident began shortly before 11 a.m. when a Chicago police detective began following the suspect for an unknown reason, according to initial information. He eventually crashed into another car in the 4700 block of North Clark and ran from the scene.

The suspect crashed a BMW in the 4700 block of North Clark before stealing another car nearby, according to Chicago police records. | Craig Newman

The offender didn’t go far. According to a CPD spokesperson, he saw a 41-year-old man sitting in a Honda CR-V in a parking lot in the 1500 block of West Lawrence and took control of the victim’s vehicle, which had the baby boy secured in the back seat.

Chicago police tracked the stolen car to the 100 block of North Wacker Drive, where they took the man into custody. The infant was still in the vehicle and appeared to be OK, but police took him to Lurie Children’s Hospital as a precaution.

A law enforcement source said the man police is on parole for a violent crime and has an out-of-state warrant for a violent crime. Police found a loaded handgun in the BMW that crashed along Clark Street, an officer at the scene said.

CWBChicago will post an updated story if criminal charges are approved.

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