12-year-old among 4 detained following Loop carjacking

CHICAGO — Three boys, ages 12 to 16, face charges after a man was carjacked in the Loop on Thursday evening. Charges are pending against a fourth suspect, according to Chicago police.

At about 8:40 p.m., a 33-year-old man was walking in the 1100 block of South State when three hijackers confronted him with a handgun, police said.

He gave them his property, and they left on foot. But they found the man’s Honda Civic inside a nearby garage and drove it away.

Police who spoke with the victim said the robbers appeared to be 12 to 14 years old.

Investigators from the Joint Carjacking Task Force located the stolen car as it traveled on the outbound Dan Ryan Expressway near 33rd Street within 14 minutes.

Shortly before 11 p.m., the task force stopped the car and arrested its four occupants at the intersection of Monroe and Wabash in the Loop, not far from where it was taken.

A 16-year-old boy is charged with aggravated vehicular hijacking with a firearm and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, according to a CPD statement. The police spokesperson said a 12-year-old and a 15-year-old were charged with criminal trespass to a vehicle.

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