2 charged after crosstown carjacking spree, crash

Video grabs show two men running from a carjacked Jeep after the vehicle crashed into a storefront in the 1000 block of North Ashland on June 13, 2024. (Chicago Critter)

CHICAGO — Two men are in custody, suspected of crashing a carjacked SUV into a Noble Square storefront on Thursday afternoon and then carjacking two more drivers within the hour.

According to a source familiar with the investigation, the spree began around 8:15 a.m. in the 600 block of East 92nd Place. A group of men riding scooters confronted a 76-year-old man with a handgun and drove away with his 2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Hours later, just after noon, the Jeep crashed into a storefront in the 1000 block of North Ashland. A surveillance video posted to the Citizen app showed the Jeep turning off Cortez and immediately driving onto the sidewalk, where it crashed into the building.

A second video, posted by the Chicago Critter account, showed two men running out of the storefront and leaving the Jeep behind. Watch:

The SUV rammed into a business right next to a former high-end sneaker boutique, the kind of establishment that crash-and-grab thieves frequently target.

Moments after the crash, two men wearing the same clothing as those who fled the storefront carjacked another man at gunpoint in the 1100 block of North Milwaukee, according to a police report. 

They drove his Toyota to the South Side, where, around 12:40 p.m., they allegedly carjacked yet another driver at gunpoint. This time, they took a 2022 Hyundai from a 35-year-old man in the 8500 block of South Lafayette, a report said.

Chicago police officers tracked the car and located the suspects, who were arrested after foot chases in the 10100 block of South Yates.

Update 8:35 a.m.: Chicago police have announced charges against two 17-year-old boys. They are both charged with two counts of vehicular hijacking in connection with the carjackings on Milwaukee Avenue and Lafayette Avenue. So far, they are not charged with hijacking the Jeep that crashed shortly before the Milwaukee Avenue crime. One of the boys is also charged with two felony firearms counts and misdemeanor theft.

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