Chicago police on Wednesday introduced prices in three completely different carjacking instances, together with one which left the sufferer useless of a gunshot wound. The typical age of the accused hijackers is 15 years.
“Whereas accountability is vital, the arrest of [a] 13-year-old is heartbreaking,” Chicago Police Supt. David Brown tweeted after the division introduced one of many arrests. “All of us should work collectively to save lots of our youngsters. They should know they don’t must resort to a lifetime of crime.”
In essentially the most high-profile case, a 16-year-old was charged with first-degree homicide, homicide whereas committing one other forcible felony, and aggravated vehicular hijacking in reference to the shooting death of Shuai Guan throughout a carjacking in Bridgeport on December 21.
Guan, a 33-year-old father with one son, gave the carjacker the keys to his SUV, however the offender shot him useless after turning into annoyed as a result of he couldn’t get the automobile into drive, police stated final month.
The teenager was arrested Wednesday on the 1100 block of South Hamilton, which is the place the Prepare dinner County Juvenile Courtroom Middle is positioned.
CPD additionally introduced one other 16-year-old was arrested Tuesday after being recognized as one of many carjackers who took a automobile at gunpoint within the 2300 block of South Canal on December 1. He’s charged with aggravated vehicular hijacking with a firearm.
The 13-year-old, charged with aggravated vehicular hijacking with a firearm and prison trespass to a automobile, was arrested Tuesday whereas driving a automobile that was reported stolen in an armed carjacking in Jefferson Park on January 7, police stated.
“Too usually, I see juvenile offenders charged with severe crimes like carjackings,” Brown stated in a second tweet Wednesday. “They should be held accountable, however we must always all be connecting with our younger folks to stop this from occurring within the first place. We now have to encourage them to seek out their function on this planet.”
No additional info is accessible concerning the three teenagers as a result of they’re juveniles.