The River Forest Police Department has arrested three people – a Chicago man and two teenage boys – in connection with an alleged vehicular hijacking that took place in a bank parking lot on the afternoon of Nov. 15.
Shannon D. Mitchell, 20, was charged with vehicular hijacking and possession of a stolen motor vehicle. The two juveniles were petitioned to Cook County juvenile authorities. The charges against the two juveniles were not specified.
The victim was at TCF Bank, 800 N. Harlem Ave., at 4:12 p.m. on Nov. 15, when Mitchell, accompanied by the two juveniles, allegedly pulled up in a stolen 2013 Kia Soul.
The victim had exited his running car in the parking lot of the bank and was wiping dirt from his vehicle when Mitchell entered from the passenger’s side front door, according to police.
Mitchell then allegedly crawled over to the driver’s seat and began driving off with the car. The victim attempted to re-enter the car and was briefly dragged as the car began to drive away. The victim fell to the ground in the parking lot, and Mitchell fled south on Harlem Avenue, police said.
The victim contacted police and the stolen vehicle was spotted by a Forest Park police officer near the intersection of Harlem Avenue and Jackson Boulevard.
Mitchell attempted to flee the officer, but got caught in rush-hour traffic. He then allegedly rear-ended a car on Harlem near Jackson, exited the vehicle and fled on foot.
Police took Mitchell into custody following the foot chase and transported him to a nearby hospital for treatment of what were described by police as non-life threatening injuries.
At the time of the incident, Mitchell was on parole for a narcotics-related conviction. Mitchell, who had been sentenced to 18 months in state prison, was convicted in February and paroled in July. He was held for bond hearing, with a preliminary court date set for late November.
The two juveniles were spotted by Oak Park police in Chicago after abandoning the Kia Soul, which was recovered in the 900 block of South Menard in Chicago.