Boys, ages 15 and 16, charged with robbery after Chicago police helicopter follows them across town

One of the Chicago Police Department’s helicopters. | John Casey

CHICAGO — Two teenagers face armed robbery charges after they allegedly robbed a woman on the Near North Side and fled in a freshly hijacked car to the West Side, with a Chicago police helicopter following them from above.

The 15- and 16-year-olds are also believed to be responsible for the carjacking, but they have not yet been charged with the crime.

Police said the carjacking occurred in the 3800 block of West Washington around 3:20 p.m. Wednesday. A 63-year-old woman had just parked her Kia Rio and was stepping out when two males walked up, and one pointed a gun at her face, according to a CPD report.

The hijackers took control of her car and drove away.

About an hour later, the hijacked Kia was used by two people who robbed a 26-year-old woman on the Near North Side, a separate CPD report said. The woman was in the 100 block of West Elm when two masked robbers took her property at gunpoint. They fled in the hijacked Kia.

A Chicago police officer quickly spotted the Kia as it headed through River North and jumped onto the expressways. CPD’s helicopter moved in, found the Kia, and began tracking it from above.

Guided by the helicopter, cops arrested the 15-year-old and 16-year-old when the car stopped in the 1600 block of West Monroe around 4:45 p.m., according to CPD.

They are each charged with armed robbery with a firearm in connection with the Near North Side robbery. The older boy, who was allegedly driving the stolen Kia, is charged with possessing a stolen motor vehicle. Prosecutors charged the 15-year-old with criminal trespass to a vehicle.

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