Oak Park police nab carjackers

Chicago juveniles charged in armed vehicular hijacking

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By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

Oak Park police have arrested three juveniles from Chicago and charged them with an armed carjacking that took place in the 800 block of North Boulevard at 6 p.m. on Feb. 4.

A River Forest man was entering his parked vehicle, when the three juveniles allegedly approached him and one placed a hard object against his back.

The offender implied it was a handgun, according to a police press release, and demanded the victim's keys, wallet and cell phone. The victim complied and the juveniles fled in the vehicle. They were later spotted by an Oak Park police officer as the vehicle sped east from Oak Park Avenue on Washington Boulevard.

The stolen vehicle struck another vehicle at the intersection of Washington and Ridgeland Avenue and the three juveniles fled on foot before being apprehended in the vicinity of the crash. No injuries were reported.

tim@oakpark.com

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Bruce Kline  

Posted: February 16th, 2019 4:41 PM

Ken: In fact that is most likely what will happen. Most armed juvenile car jackers in Cook County will be back on the street within 24 hours. Like I say, we're own our own around here.

Christine Vernon  

Posted: February 16th, 2019 1:26 AM

God bless the good police officers who go out every single day risking their lives, risking the possibility that their family won't have a wife/husband, mother/father returning home that night because he/she was wounded or killed in the line of duty, because he or she went chasing juveniles with guns to protect residents. It's got to stop because we can't afford to lose good law enforcement officers, our keepers of the peace. If the kids committing these crimes can't figure out this is no way of life for themselves, if they can't figure out that if they keep it up, one day their mothers will be getting them back in body bags, or visiting them in prison, if the don't give up lives of violence, then their futures are not going to be good ones. Meanwhile, there need to be serious consequences for endangering people's lives by hi-jackings and stealing cars and crashing them. Of course it would be optimal if the consequences were constructive for the perpetrators/offenders, because it is work for the betterment of all of society. But, as we have so often hear people say, "You can't legislate morality". But we can legislate laws though that uphold the work of all of the decent policemen who are out there doing their jobs respectfully, honestly and with dignity. We can't ask them to risk their lives every day and when they do it, not give them the judicial support they need.

Jack Hurley  

Posted: February 6th, 2019 2:23 PM

Too bad the reporting didn't mention that there were two young children ripped out of the car along with their car seats.

Les Golden  

Posted: February 5th, 2019 8:06 PM

Who's at fault here!!!! The misunderstood, maligned youth or the "River Forest man entering his parked car"? Why, I ask, was that man doing with his car in Oak Park? Why was it parked? What was the River Forest man doing in Oak Park, anyway? The whole thing sounds fishy, and we should demand an investigation of this so-called River Forest man and HIS motivations and modus operandi, not the youth.

Alex Garcia  

Posted: February 5th, 2019 3:58 PM

I hear that the three were good kids and just about to turn their lives around. So, naturally, the Cook County State's Attorney will lightly "prosecute" and our stellar judiciary here will set them loose in short order only to carjack again. You know, social justice and stuff.

Ramona Lopez  

Posted: February 5th, 2019 3:48 PM

What is that now, 4 or 5 car jackings already and we are barely into February. Will more gun legislation put an end to it? We can't ban our way to safety, just like we can't tax our way to prosperity.

Ken Hayes from Oak Park  

Posted: February 5th, 2019 3:18 PM

I'm sure they're just misunderstood youth. Just let them go, they're terribly sorry and won't do it again.

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