Four juveniles from Chicago were arrested at 7:05 p.m. on Jan. 23 in the 700 block of South Austin Boulevard, who appear to be connected to an attempted armed carjacking earlier in the 1100 block of South Harvey Avenue.
Police detained four male juveniles at the Austin Boulevard Blue Line CTA platform after officers reported that they matched the description of four juveniles who had attempted to hijack a 2017 Toyota Rav 4 about 30 minutes earlier.
The four juveniles jumped the turnstile at the Blue Line station without paying the fare. One was in possession of a handgun, police said. He was charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, unlawful use of a weapon, possession of ammunition without a Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) card and theft of services. The other three were charged with theft of services.
Police separately reported that at 6:33 p.m., four males, estimated to be between the ages of 14 and 18, attempted to carjack a motorist at gunpoint on South Harvey Avenue. The victim parked a 2017 Toyota RAV-4 in a garage and was approached by the four males.
One of the offenders displayed a handgun and demanded the victim open the door to the vehicle. The victim drove out of the garage, and the four offenders fled on foot.
Village spokesman David Powers said that police believe the two incidents may be related.
“The investigation to determine if the incidents are in fact related is still underway,” Powers said in an email.