Chicago teen arrested again, following carjacking arrest

Boy arrested by Riverside police after fleeing traffic stop

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By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

Riverside police arrested a 17-year-old Chicago boy at 11:24 a.m. on July 16 in the 3400 block of South Harlem Avenue, reporting he was arrested in Oak Park in 2016 and charged with two counts of aggravated carjacking and one count of armed robbery.

Police observed the teenager riding a dirt bike in the parking lanes adjacent to the Burlington Northern-Santa Fe Railroad grade crossing and conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle, which had no registration.

The teen reportedly tried to flee on foot but was captured by police. He had no valid driver's license and had an active felony warrant for failing to appear in court on the case involving the 2016 carjacking.

Four people – two juveniles and two men from Chicago – were arrested in the April 7, 2016 carjacking, which took place in Oak Park in the alley between the 700 blocks of North Grove and Kenilworth avenues.

The teenager arrested in Riverside was one of the two juveniles involved in the carjacking. The two adults in that case were identified as Darryl G. Peters Jr. and Anthony C. Johnson.

The four alleged carjacking offenders approached a 71-year-old Oak Park man in his garage as he was cleaning his car.

"One tried to pull open my door, which I pulled closed and then he pulled out what looked like a Colt .45 and pointed it at my head and told me to get out," the victim told Wednesday Journal in 2016. "I got out and he immediately slid into the driver's seat. The other three jumped into the car and it sped off."

Riverside Police Chief Thomas Weitzel said in a press release that the four individuals arrested in that 2016 carjacking were found in possession of a .44-caliber Ruger revolver, and 9 mm Ruger semiautomatic handgun with a 20-round extended magazine.

The teen arrested on July 16 in Riverside was charged with driving without a valid Illinois license and was cited for the vehicle having no registration and no proof of insurance.

He was turned over to Cook County juvenile authorities on the no-bond warrant.

"This juvenile's criminal history already included a 2015 armed robbery, numerous gambling arrests, a manufactured delivery of heroin case and this armed robbery of two people and hijacking of a vehicle," Weitzel said in the press release. "Taking into consideration he's only 17, he's amassed quite a criminal history."

CONTACT: tim@oakpark.com

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Brian Slowiak  

Posted: July 25th, 2018 5:11 PM

There is no "bond", cash or otherwise for a juvenile. A juvenile can be held at the Juvenile Detention Center but not on a "bond". The juvenile court judge can hold a juvenile until they see fit. The lack of "bond", cash being posted, and the right to a jury of their peers are two civil rights denied a juvenile. If a juvenile is arrested, a parent must sign the arrest report, box 35, which states the release time and date, and signature of the parent, with the understanding the parent is responsible for getting the juvenile to any and all hearings and meetings with the juvenile officer.In this case The Riverside PD issued traffic citations of being a unlicensed driver. That is good because if convicted, there will be automatic suspension of the drivers license number for the juvenile, even if that juvenile has not obtained a drivers license. Plus, the juvenile will be made to sign a I-Bond, a signature bond pledging to come to court each and every court appearance. If he misses, a contempt for court warrant for failure to appear will be issued and he must be taken into custody, only to be let out again on another I-Bond.Clumsy, but the police get a free search of the juvenile and possibly the vehicle he was driving. What parents are not being told and the Procedure might have changed, however . a juvenile arrest record must be destroyed when the juvenile turns the age of adult. Few parents or juveniles, on that birthdate of the juvenile, come down to the station to see if the file is destroyed. I don't know if someone can watch the file being destroyed, or if you have to take the word of the juvenile officer the file was destroyed. The juvenile arrest file is kept separate from he filing system for the rest of the department under lock and key in the juvenile office.

Brian Slowiak  

Posted: July 24th, 2018 7:20 PM

That is easy. A street criminal can and will kill you. Speak to a rape victim and an entire different story will unfold.

Jeffrey Smith  

Posted: July 24th, 2018 5:00 PM

Ah, for the days when accused criminals had their hands cut off without a trial! We need to get tough on crime! Death sentences for everyone! Public executions! The latter could be a weekly event in Scoville Park. Bring the whole family! This article proves yet again that two issues are guaranteed to summon comments from Oak Park's political netherworld: crime and taxes. If only the posters were equally outraged at crimes committed by a sitting president and his administration and tax breaks for billionaires at the expense of working people.

Rob Ruffulo  

Posted: July 22nd, 2018 7:43 AM

Someone points a gun at a persons head should be 20 year minimum sentence. System is a joke.

Bruce Kline  

Posted: July 19th, 2018 3:28 PM

Mike: I agree with Brian. Even if he - as you put it - "he sucks at being a criminal" - well he is still young. He has a lot to learn. And it sounds like he is getting plenty of experience which will prove invaluable going forward - let alone increase his status amongst his peers (seriously). I am sure with time, he will receive many lessons from his older and wiser (and more successful) "professors" about survival and life on the mean streets of ChiTown.

Mike Hanline  

Posted: July 19th, 2018 12:40 PM

Last paragraph rounds out his criminal history. Sounds like he's been arrested quite a few times for a teenager.

Brian Slowiak  

Posted: July 19th, 2018 11:12 AM

@ Mike Hanline: I beg to differ. He is probably an excellent criminal. He has been arrested twice. We don't know how many offenses he has committed and gotten away with. Think of the odds or committing two offenses and getting caught both times.

Mike Hanline  

Posted: July 19th, 2018 9:33 AM

Sounds like he sucks at being a criminal.

Bill Dwyer  

Posted: July 19th, 2018 8:42 AM

Because he's a minor, and he hasn't yet racked up the number of offense points required to hold him in lieu of bond. That's the way the juvenile justice system works.

Rob Ruffulo  

Posted: July 19th, 2018 6:23 AM

Why do we let this lifetime thug back on the streets???

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