Two allegedly involved in Sept. 9 carjacking charged

Hillside police say that two juveniles involved in a Sept. 9 carjacking incident have been charged with vehicular hijacking, but at least one and possibly two others believed to be involved in the incident — which included a police chase through Forest Park and ended when the hijacked vehicle crashed on Harlem Avenue at the I-290 interchange — remain at large.

Police reportedly sought to charge the two captured juveniles as adults, but the cases are being handled by the Cook County Juvenile Justice authorities. Police expressed disappointment in that decision.

“These guys are dangerous,” said Detective Sgt. Carlo Viscioni of the Hillside Police Department. “Why they were on the street to do this is unfathomable to me and my chief.”

It’s unclear whether the two juveniles arrested by police are still in custody.

According to police, four or five suspects hijacked a black Jaguar in the parking lot of a gas station at 442 Mannheim Road in Hillside about 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 9. Viscioni said a handgun was recovered from that vehicle at the crash site in Forest Park.

Police also reported that another vehicle, a limousine reported stolen during an armed robbery four or five hours earlier in Chicago, was involved in the incident. Both the limousine and the Jaguar were reportedly seen speeding from the scene of the Hillside carjacking. The limousine was later found abandoned in Bellwood.

Police believe the same offenders were involved in the theft of the limousine, since it was at the gas station when the carjacking occurred.

Officers from multiple police agencies chased the Jaguar, which headed east on I-290, exited at Desplaines Avenue and then weaved through Forest Park before crashing while trying to re-enter I-290 at Harlem Avenue.

The occupants of the vehicle — Forest Park police reported there were five people who bailed out, but Hillside police could not confirm that number — ran from the car. Three headed down the east ramp; one of those subjects was apprehended by police. One ran northbound on Harlem Avenue and was captured by police. A fifth occupant may have run down the west expressway ramp, eluding capture.

One of the three who fled down the east ramp, 17-year-old Tyrece Coleman, of the 7400 block of South St. Lawrence Avenue in Chicago, died from injuries sustained after he jumped onto the expressway from the ramp while being chased by police.

According to Forest Park police, one of the suspects who fled on foot to the east was able to enter a vehicle stopped in traffic on the expressway. That vehicle, a smaller black SUV, was last seen headed eastbound. 

However, Viscioni said there have been no reports of a car being hijacked on the expressway at that time or place.

“It’s not unusual for guys doing this to have chase cars or follow cars,” Viscioni said. “Or it could be someone who was just assisting someone being chased by the police. There’s been no follow up in regards to someone saying they were carjacked in the Eisenhower.”

Viscioni also stated that at the time of the police chase from Hillside, a separate carjacking incident was reported in Broadview. It is unclear whether that incident was related to the one in Hillside.

Robbery

An Oak Park woman was robbed of her cell phone in the 600 block of Division Street on Sept. 25 at about 4:05 p.m. The offender was described as a black male in his 20s, standing about 6-foot 2-inches and weighing about 120 pounds and wearing an orange T-shirt. 

He reportedly ran up behind the woman, who was walking, and stole her iPhone 6S from her hand. The offender then mounted a green BMX-style bicycle and rode northbound on East Avenue. He was last seen on Berkshire. The loss was an estimated $550.

Damage to government property

A village-owned H-14 Rhino vehicle boot was damaged in an attempt to remove it from the wheel of a 2004 Jeep Cherokee in the 500 block of Wenonah Avenue. The boot was discovered damaged on Sept. 22. The damage was an estimated $535.

Armed robbery arrest

Willie Johnson, 23, of the 1100 block of North Latrobe in Chicago, was arrested on three counts of armed robbery for an incident that occurred on Sept. 16 in the first block of Madison Street.

Johnson was arrested in the 2100 block of West Roosevelt Road in Chicago on Sept. 21 at 5:15 p.m.

These items, obtained from the Oak Park and River Forest police departments, came from reports, Sept. 9-25, and represent a portion of the incidents to which police responded. Anyone named in these reports has only been charged with a crime and cases have not yet been adjudicated. We report the race of a suspect only when a serious crime has been committed, the suspect is still at large, and police have provided us with a detailed physical description of the suspect as they seek the public’s help in making an arrest.

Compiled by Timothy Inklebarger and Bob Uphues

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