Chicago — A 17-year-old boy has been charged with carjacking, robbery, kidnapping, and crashing into a Chicago police vehicle after cops allegedly caught him driving a BMW that was hijacked at a Lakeview gas station on Tuesday.
CPD did not identify the boy by name because he is a juvenile, but he racked up a serious list of charges after police linked him to the Lakeview carjacking and a November crime in which he allegedly kidnapped one of the victims.
Most recently, the boy allegedly carjacked a 35-year-old man at the BP service station, 1200 West Belmont, around 4:49 a.m. Tuesday. CPD said a white car, possibly a Hyundai Sonata, pulled up next to the victim, and a gunman got out to rob and carjack him. A nearby Chicago police surveillance camera recorded the hijacking.
CPD officers began tracking GPS data from the victim’s BMW as it drove around Lakeview and Lincoln Park shortly after 6 a.m. However, they were unable to locate the vehicle right away.
They had better luck around 1 p.m. That’s when cops spotted the teenager driving the BMW in the 5700 block of South Morgan, according to CPD. The teen drove into a police car as he tried to get away, but the officers managed to take him into custody.
Investigators later determined that he was also responsible for robbing an 18-year-old woman and a 19-year-old man at gunpoint in the 7400 block of South Morgan on November 1, police said. During that crime, the teen allegedly forced the man to go to a second location, but CPD did not elaborate on the specifics of that incident.
The boy is charged with two counts of robbery while armed with a firearm, vehicular hijacking while armed with a firearm, aggravated armed kidnapping, aggravated fleeing, and criminal damage to government property.