Three arrested in River Forest carjacking

Victim dragged in attempt to stop his car from being stolen

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By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

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.


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Brian Slowiak  

Posted: November 24th, 2017 1:17 PM

@ Bill Dwyer: I took your advice and re read not only your post, but all the posts plus the story. I mentioned "young people", which in this case would be anyone under 20. You mentioned 20, not I.

Bill Dwyer  

Posted: November 22nd, 2017 9:20 AM

Brian: the answers is, of course, "yes," as I said in my previous post.Go back and read it.

Brian Slowiak  

Posted: November 21st, 2017 10:48 PM

@ Bill Dwyer: Please ask your cop who works in gang intelligence if there are any juveniles who seek to be initiated into any gang. Hmmm.

Ramona Lopez  

Posted: November 21st, 2017 12:19 PM

Leonard.....this young man committed a crime. If he goes to trial it will be the people vs Shannon D Mitchell. One of the consequences of committing a crime is your mug shot is put into the public domain. I'm sure you would feel different if YOU or a loved one was the victim.

Bill Dwyer  

Posted: November 20th, 2017 4:33 PM

LOL. Can't wait to see the caterwauling on this site if the WJ ever provides that little detail to a felony effecting citizens.

Kline Maureen  

Posted: November 20th, 2017 9:23 AM

Yes, certainly the entire incident could have been stated in four words: Vehicle stolen, suspects caught. Dayenu. Personally though, I think it's good to know the details, particularly since this happened at a busy time of day right near a very busy corner and the owner of the car was right there.

Leonard Grossman  

Posted: November 19th, 2017 2:29 AM

Why is this much detail necessary on the alleged carjacker necessary? Why the photo?

Bill Dwyer  

Posted: November 17th, 2017 8:57 PM

Hmmm.. where to start? Alex, at the risk of sounding like I'm defending this guy, you need to ask when he was arrested. Because if he was held in jail prior to trial and conviction, he got credit for time served. So the State's Attorney had nothing to do with his release after just five month in prison. As for "young people" committing crimes to gain entry into street gangs, that's true, but I doubt there is a single 20-year old who has been initiated into any Chicago street gang. Don't take my word for it- ask a cop who's actually worked in gang intelligence.

Tom MacMillan from Oak Park  

Posted: November 17th, 2017 3:52 PM

At least he didn't offend anyone with a twitter posting.

Brian Slowiak  

Posted: November 17th, 2017 9:54 AM

@ Alex Garcia: It is possible that in order to gain entrance into a gang a young person must commit a certain offense, have that offense reported on and or a sketch,heaven forbid a photo made to prove their involvement.

Alex Garcia  

Posted: November 17th, 2017 9:16 AM

Sentenced to 18 months and paroled four months later. SMH. How soon until Kim Foxx and a Cook County judge decide to let him out again? On another note, these teens and young adults from the West Side aren't really making any real money off of these carjackings (or cell phone thefts, for that matter). It's simply for thrills and generational thuggish behavior at this point.

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