Chicago — A group of people who may be as young as 13 carjacked a woman and then robbed two Loyola University students on Chicago’s North Side last night. Chicago police and Loyola University police spotted the hijacked car in Rogers Park early Saturday morning, but pursuits of the suspects were terminated due to safety concerns, according to CPD radio transmissions.
It all started in Uptown around 9:45 p.m. in the 800 block of West Buena. Four men jumped out of a car and forced a woman and her child from their silver Toyota Corolla, according to a preliminary Chicago police report. The crew got away with the victim’s cash and items in the car, including $300 in groceries and a computer.
The group then robbed two Loyola University students in separate incidents near the intersection of Lakewood and Arthur avenues in Rogers Park around 10:08 p.m.
One victim told Loyola officers that she was walking when a young man or boy demanded her phone while implying that he had a gun, according to a bulletin from the school’s police department.
About two minutes later, another Loyola student was approached by several people as he walked in the same area, according to the school’s police. Chicago police officers who initially handled the call said a boy and a girl, both appearing to be 13 or 14 and standing a little under 5 feet tall, displayed a box cutter and took his phone. A witness reportedly saw the carjacked Toyota leaving the scene.
Chicago police located the hijacked car near the 1700 block of West Juneway Terrace in Rogers Park around 12:48 a.m. Saturday, according to CPD radio traffic. The car’s driver sped away when police tried to pull it over, but CPD terminated the pursuit when the vehicle sped through red lights on Broadway.
A Loyola officer radioed that he spotted the car a few minutes later, but that engagement was also terminated, according to police radio transmissions.