As carjackings and violent crime in Chicago continue, police are expected to deploy more resources and officers to downtown on Wednesday to help stop the surge.
“West Side violence is as big as South Side violence as downtown violence. Everything is important to us,” Brown said.
The deployment comes as a 19-year-old carjacking suspect, who led police in a chase that prompted a lockdown at Northwestern University, is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday.
Trimane Kimbrough, 19, has been charged with aggravated carjacking, unlawful use of a weapon, criminal trespassing on real property and flight, Chicago police said.
According to a police report, Kimbrough around 1 p.m. Monday approached the driver of a red Mazda parked in the 2000 block of West Arthur Ave. in West Rogers Park and held a gun to his head.
“Get out or I’ll shoot you,” the shooter said, according to a police report.
The driver got out and saw the speeding carjacker followed by a gray or silver Honda, police said. Minutes later, the Mazda was being chased down Lake Shore Drive.
The driver then allegedly abandoned the car and fled on foot to the Northwestern University medical campus in Chicago where a lockdown was imposed. The suspect was cornered and captured in the basement of the Ward Building at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine at 303 E. Chicago Ave.
The incident is the latest in a series of carjackings and violent crimes across the city.
On Sunday, two “unwitting targets” were shot in an alley on the Loop in Chicago’s theater district. Early Tuesday, four people were shot dead in the Loop, including one while crossing the street.
Last weekend, a teenager was fatally shot in a building on the Gold Coast. And earlier this month a man was shot dead in an attempted robbery while in his hotel room in River North.
Last month, the Cook County Sheriff’s Office said the River North neighborhood will soon see a new Sheriff’s Office Command Post and an increased Sheriff’s Police presence in the area.
Since the start of the year in the Loop, carjackings have more than doubled, while thefts have increased by 177%. Aggravated assaults are up about 433% from 2021, according to data obtained by NBC 5.