Prosecutors in the suburb of Carol Stream say two teenagers stole a car at gunpoint from a shopping center and led police on a high-speed chase before abandoning the vehicle and fleeing into a crowded park.
According to the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office, the teens, both from Chicago, have been charged with multiple crimes in connection with the robbery, which occurred Friday at a mall in the 200 block of West Army. Trail Road.
Police said the victim was standing in front of his car, a Dodge Challenger Hellcat, just before 7 p.m. when two minors, a boy and a girl, approached him.
One of the teenagers pulled out a gun and rammed the barrel into the victim’s side. The other teen attempted to grab the victim’s keys from his pocket, but was unsuccessful, and the victim eventually gave the key fob to one of the attackers.
The two teenagers then got into the car, and shortly after, Carol Stream police officers located the vehicle on Army Trail Road. At that point, the teenagers began running away from the officers at high speeds, reaching around 140 miles per hour on Interstate 355.
Officers say the teenagers then abandoned the vehicle just north of Butterfield Road and fled into a crowded park in suburban Lombard.
Police were able to locate the teenagers in the crowd and took them both into custody. Officers say they recovered a handgun and the key fob from the vehicle during the arrest.
“The allegations against these two minors are outrageous,” State’s Attorney Robert Berlin said in a statement. “Not only did these two minors allegedly hijack a man’s car at gunpoint, but they led police on a high-speed chase, then abandoned the car and fled on foot through a crowded park. while armed with a deadly weapon. This type of violent behavior and complete and utter disregard for public safety will certainly not be tolerated in DuPage County.”
The teenagers are due in court on Monday. The two face charges of aggravated hijacking with a firearm, two counts of aggravated possession of a motor vehicle and one count of aggravated flight from a police officer, all of which are felonies.