Two friends share the horrific experience of being the victim of a carjacking at the Homewood gas station; a suspect then jumped off the bridge to escape


HOMEWOOD, Ill. (CBS) — Two men recently went on a carjacking spree in the southern suburbs – first hijacking two other men, then a woman with children inside the car.

Afterwards, the suspects took police on a high-speed chase through northwest Indiana before one of them jumped off a bridge just to get away.

CBS 2’s Jermont Terry spoke to the two friends who fell victim to carjackers – and described a heartbreaking and horrific ordeal. They managed to escape unharmed despite guns pointed straight at them.

Kendall Knight and Khalil Newson are close friends with a bond like brothers. This week the pair got quite the scare while at a Shell gas station in Homewood.

“I still think about it – just a little mentally traumatic,” Newson said.

Moments after Khalil exited the store and jumped into his own car, a man caught his eye.

“The guy walked up to me. He said, ‘Hey, do you want to buy some pills?'” Newson said. “I said, ‘No, I’m fine, I’m not taking pills.'”

Seconds after refusing, the guy turned away – but he didn’t run away.

“And when he turned around, he had a gun in his hand. He pointed it at my chest – and came a little closer as he asked me to get out of the car,” Newson said.

Kendall, who was sitting in the passenger seat, realized they were surrounded by two armed men.

“He was threatening to kill someone if we moved,” Knight said.

They were being picked up in the car, in the parking lot of the busy Shell station at 179th and Halsted streets.

“I really wanted to react and do something,” Knight said, “but at the end of the day, I didn’t want my little brother to get hurt.”

The carjackers stole their car and hopped on Interstate 80/94 toward Indiana. But police said the robbers hijacked another woman at gunpoint en route.

They were in two stolen cars as they headed east. Indiana State Police spotted the vehicles and the men led soldiers on a chase throughout northwest Indiana.

“Our car ended up in Indiana on Cline,” Newson said.

His car was also destroyed. The first gunman was driving her, and he ran her over.

But the second gunman kept rushing down the highway. He ended up losing control of the car.

State police say the second shooter showed the gun when he tried to bail out — and officers fired. At that point, the shooter jumped 30 feet off a bridge to get away. He was seriously injured instead.

“I don’t care what trouble I get — I’m not going to jump off a bridge,” Knight said. “They didn’t care, obviously.”

Indiana State Police arrested the two car thieves – they are 18 and 21 years old from Chicago.

The one who jumped from the bridge remained hospitalized as of Tuesday evening.

Meanwhile, Kendall and Khalil are thankful they don’t end up in the ER themselves.


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