CHICAGO - Two teenage boys, ages 15 and 16, face carjacking charges after they allegedly confronted a man at gunpoint Tuesday evening in Cragin on the Northwest Side.
The teens were arrested shortly before 9 p.m. Tuesday on North Leclaire Avenue in Chicago's Oak Park neighborhood in connection with a carjacking that was reported earlier in the night and approximately two-and-a-half miles away, the Chicago Police Department said in a press release.
One of the teens allegedly pointed a gun at the vicim as he sat his car in the 1900 block of North La Crosse Avenue, Chicago police said.
The 48-year-old complied and the teens drove off in his 2005 Mazda, police said.
Officers tried to pull over the Mazda about a block away, but the car stopped and the teens ran away. They were arrested after a short foot chase and a weapon was recovered, police said.
Both teens faces a vehicular highjacking charge, but the 15-year-old also faces a gun charge.
They were expected to appear in juvenile court later Wednesday.
Earlier Wednesday, police announced the arrest of another male, 18-year-old Anthony Blackburn, for a string of carjacking-related incidents from November 2020.
Officials charged Blackburn with two counts of aggravated vehicular hijacking with a firearm; one count of attempted aggravated vehicular hijacking with a firearm; and one count of aggravated discharge of a firearm – all of which are felonies.
Last month, police Supt. David Brown outlined a plan to address the rise in carjackings, which have more than doubled in the past year.
Fox News contributed to this report.