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Carjacking in Chicago: Police arrest 11-year-old boy in recent incident at Jewel parking lot near Cumberland, Lawrence

CHICAGO (WLS) – Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown announced Monday that an 11-year-old boy was now in custody for a car theft in Chicago earlier this month, calling it a “sad situation.”

“Sadly, this 11-year-old has already been arrested and is considered a prolific car thief in our city,” said Brown.

The 11-year-old is now charged with one count of aggravated vehicle hijacking with a firearm.

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The crime took place on Sunday November 14 in the parking lot of a Jewel Osco in the 4700 block of North Cumberland at around 7:45 am.

Police sources told the I-Team that the the victim was the wife of a Chicago police sergeant who was robbed at gunpoint. The stolen vehicle, a 2021 BMW SUV, was found hours later on the city’s South Side.

“The 11-year-old appears to be driving these carjackings,” Chicago Police Detective Chief Brendan Deenihan said. “So he’s not just there, I guess, with other people.”

Mayor Lori Lightfoot also reacted on Monday to the news of such a young child being arrested in connection with such a serious offense.

“I will be meeting with the juvenile judges here fairly quickly to sort this out,” Lightfoot said. “We have a crisis and it is a crisis for which they must take part of the responsibility. We cannot continue to put these children back on the streets without support, without resources, without supervision.”

The police department said this incident was not isolated. The 11-year-old is under investigation for his role in several other recent carjackings in the city.

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