Chicago police have arrested two juveniles in connection with a string of armed robberies in Rogers Park and West Rogers Park on Wednesday morning, a North Side alderman said today.
The teens were arrested around 12:30 p.m. Thursday in the Morgan Park neighborhood. Chicago police recovered two firearms and suspected narcotics during the arrests, according to a CPD statement.
A 17-year-old boy is charged with aggravated vehicular hijacking, two counts of unlawful use of a weapon, armed robbery, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, and possession of a stolen firearm, the statement said.
He is accused of carjacking a 52-year-old man’s Jeep Cherokee in the 2900 block of West Fitch around 7:15 a.m. and robbing a 38-year-old man in the 1900 block of West Farwell at about 5:25 a.m.
The second teen, also a 17-year-old boy, is charged with armed robbery, possessing a stolen motor vehicle, and two counts of possessing a fraudulent identification, police said.
He is accused of robbing a 49-year-old man in the 6600 block of North Maplewood at 6:45 a.m. and being inside the hijacked Jeep when police located the vehicle.
Ald. Debra Silverstein (50th) announced the arrests in an email to constituents this morning.
“Like you, I am absolutely fed up with the increase of crime in our neighborhood,” Silverstein wrote. She said she is scheduled to meet with Chicago police leadership on Thursday afternoon. She said she would share “hundreds” of written testimonials she received from residents “demanding more resources and additional police attention in our community.”
The alderman recently asked constituents to send videos and written messages “expressing our communal outrage” about violence in the ward that she could share with Mayor Lori Lightfoot.
Silverstein said the two juveniles arrested on Wednesday are eyed as suspects in other robberies that remain under investigation.