Monday, October 24, 2016

3 In Custody After Lincoln Park Carjacking; Connections To Other Local Robberies Eyed

The stolen SUV crashed near this pink and white house at 556 N. Central in the Austin neighborhood. | Google

Three juveniles are in custody following an armed carjacking in Lincoln Park on Monday evening, police said.

Now, detectives are working to determine if the three are responsible for a series of armed robberies that was the focus of a community alert last week.

Just after 8 o’clock Monday night, three men approached their victim in front of his home in the 900 block of West Wrightwood. One of the robbers pulled out a silver semi-automatic handgun and demanded the man’s phone and his Volvo SUV.
900 block of West Wrightwood | Google

Working with Volvo's OnStar-like service, police tracked the vehicle to the West Side Austin neighborhood.

The driver crashed the stolen SUV into another car, and all three occupants ran from the scene as police closed in around 8:30 p.m.

Officers found the three suspects hiding in a yard about 20 minutes later in the 500 block of North Central.

Charges are expected to be filed on Tuesday.

A Break?

Area North investigators last week issued a community alert to warn residents of Lakeview and Uptown about a series of armed robberies committed by a group of 3 or 4 young black men armed with a silver handgun.

Detectives said one of the five robberies in the alert was a carjacking and CWB Chicago independently reported that investigators believed another incident on the list was an attempted carjacking that failed to materialize.
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