Chicago teen charged in Addison carjacking

 
 
Updated 1/25/2021 3:06 PM

A Chicago teenager accused of carjacking a woman Saturday night in Addison must remain in custody until his next court date.

DuPage County Judge Brian Jacobs made that ruling during a Monday detention hearing in juvenile court, according to a news release from the DuPage County state's attorney's office.

 

Prosecutors intend to ask that the boy, who is 17, be tried as an adult, officials said.

The boy is charged with aggravated vehicular hijacking and armed robbery, both Class X felonies.

Addison police responded at 10:46 p.m. Saturday to the 700 block of Lake Street after the report of a carjacking near a Popeye's restaurant, officials said.

Authorities said a 20-year-old woman was walking from the restaurant to her car when three males approached her. Two of them were armed.

The suspects threatened the victim, ordering her to give up her cash, cellphone and car keys, authorities said. They then drove off in her car.

Addison and Illinois State Police were able to track the car to the South Side of Chicago. The three ran off, but Chicago police found and arrested the juvenile.

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According to the news release, as he was being driven to the Kane County Juvenile Justice Center, the juvenile told officers he would be out of custody within a day and come find the officers and shoot them.

DuPage County houses juvenile detainees at the Kane JJC.

The juvenile is next due in court Feb. 8.

"To say that there has been an alarming increase in carjackings throughout the entire Chicago metropolitan area would be a gross understatement," DuPage County State's Attorney Robert Berlin said in a statement. "What I find particularly troubling in this case is the allegation that the defendant stated that he believes he will not be held in custody pending his trial and that he threatened to kill police officers during this time.

"While some criminal justice reforms are necessary, they must not come at the expense of public safety or the safety of our law enforcement," Berlin said.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call Addison police at (630) 693-7941.

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