Forest Park police have arrested a 16-year-old Chicago resident they say fled the scene of a carjacking in Forest Park on June 4, and three other people found to be in possession of the stolen vehicle were arrested by Chicago police the following day after firing shots at officers on the West Side of Chicago.
Four unidentified juveniles pistol-whipped a Forest Park woman on June 4 around 10:45 p.m. and stole her Nissan Murano from the parking lot of Forest View Laundromat, 7656 Madison St., according to Forest Park police.
The victim, a customer at the laundromat, was sitting in her vehicle when she was approached by the offenders, who ordered her out of the vehicle and pistol-whipped her before leaving in her vehicle, followed by a “chase” car described as a Jeep SUV.
The woman was treated at the scene for injuries and released, Deputy Police Chief Michael Keating said.
“She was struck hard enough that she was bleeding,” Keating said.
Forest Park police located the stolen Murano and the Jeep SUV, driving eastbound on I-290. Police chased both vehicles to the southbound Dan Ryan Expressway. Police lost the stolen Murano in traffic, but, with the help of Chicago Police and Illinois State Police, were able to arrest the driver and passenger of the Jeep after it ran out of gas on the Stony Island exit ramp after a roughly 40-mile chase, Keating said.
The 15-year-old passenger and 16-year-old driver of the Jeep were taken to Forest Park for questioning and eventually to the juvenile detention center in Chicago. The 16-year-old faces a single count of fleeing police. No weapons were recovered from the Jeep, Keating said. The two teens, Keating said, did not leave the Jeep during the carjacking.
The Jeep reportedly was stolen in an earlier carjacking and was found “riddled” with bullet holes, which police said were not from the Forest Park incident.
The stolen Murano, police said, was later involved in a shooting on June 5 in the Lawndale neighborhood of Chicago. Two 17-year-olds and a 12-year-old reportedly fired at Chicago Police officers and fled in the Murano. The three later were apprehended near Pulaski Road and I-55.
The Chicago Tribune has reported that the two 17-year-olds and a 12-year-old were charged with attempted murder. No officers were hurt in the shooting.
Keating said police are not sure which, if any, of three were involved in the Forest Park incident. They have not been charged with any crimes related to the Forest Park carjacking.