15-year-old carjacked drivers in Wicker Park and West Town yesterday, CPD says

CHICAGO — A 15-year-old boy is charged with carjacking a driver at a Bucktown gas station on Tuesday morning, Chicago police said. The teen is also accused of robbing and carjacking a 63-year-old man minutes later.

The carjacking victim, 56, was at the Shell station, 1600 North Western Avenue, when a group of about seven males jumped him around 4 a.m. Tuesday. After beating and kicking the man to the ground, they took his valuables and drove away with his car, the police said.

Cops found the victim’s vehicle abandoned in the 2500 block of West North Avenue less than an hour later.

The Shell service station at 1600 North Western Avenue. | Google

Chicago police said the teen also participated in the robbery and carjacking of the 63-year-old in the 500 block of North Hoyne minutes after the gas station holdup.

The juvenile, who was not identified by name due to his age, is charged with two counts of vehicular hijacking, aggravated battery, robbery, and possession of a stolen motor vehicle. According to a police statement, CPD’s Vehicular Hijacking Task Force arrested him yesterday afternoon in the 1600 block of South Washtenaw.

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