Police took a juvenile into custody after an armed carjacking in suburban Skokie on Sunday led to a multi-agency pursuit of the stolen vehicle and another car involved, authorities said.
Two other carjackers were still at large as of Sunday night after leading officers on a 20-plus mile chase to an apartment complex in the Bronzeville neighborhood on the South Side, Skokie Police Sgt. John Moersfelder said in a news release.
The carjacking happened just before 6:55 p.m. on Sunday while a woman was parking her vehicle near the intersection of Keating Avenue and Oakton Street, just east of Skokie Boulevard, Moersfelder said.
Two men, one armed with a handgun, came up to the woman and demanded her possessions. She obliged, ran away from her Mercedes and called 911, Moersfelder said.
A short time later, Skokie Police officers tried to curb the stolen Mercedes when they spotted it at Lockwood Avenue and Conrad Street. But the Mercedes sped away with another car, a Nissan, that was trailing behind and thought to be involved in the carjacking.
The stolen Mercedes crashed at the intersection of Dempster Street and Lockwood Avenue, and the driver jumped out and ran. Officers chased him for about a block and took the juvenile into custody, Moersfelder said.
At some point, neighboring Wilmette Police officers spotted the Nissan traveling south on the Edens Expressway and pursued it while Skokie Police officers and Illinois State Police also joined in the chase.
A Chicago Police helicopter followed overhead as the Nissan led officers to an apartment complex in the 4500 block of South Drexel Avenue in Bronzeville, Moersfelder. The helicopter unit saw two people run from the vehicle.
Officers from Chicago, Skokie and Wilmette surrounded the apartment complex but could not find the carjackers, Moersfelder said. The Nissan was recovered there.
Skokie Police are asking anyone with information about the carjacking to call the department at 847-982-5900 or submit a tip on the 24-hour hot line at 847-933-8477.