Boy, 17, charged with carjacking woman in West Loop

Chicago — A 17-year-old boy has been charged with aggravated vehicular hijacking for a West Loop crime that was caught on video, according to Chicago police.

Officers arrested the teen on Monday in the 1100 block of South Hamilton. That’s the same block where the county’s juvenile justice center is located, suggesting he may have other pending matters.

Surveillance video of the September 24 attack showed a 35-year-old woman entering the lobby of a building in the 1500 block of West Monroe around 7:28 p.m. Before the front door closed, the offender entered behind the woman.

A confrontation unfolded slightly off-camera as the offender held an object in his hand. Then it turned violent.

After grabbing the woman’s keys, the offender ran out of the building and took her 2022 Jeep, according to police.

Chicago police released the video on November 12 and asked for help identifying the offender.

No further information was available about the accused boy because he is a juvenile.

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