ELMHURST – Elmhurst police are investigating an aggravated vehicular hijacking that reportedly occurred at 1:45 p.m. Jan. 22 in an Elmhurst College parking lot near Prospect Avenue.
At 1:45 p.m., a motorist parked in the parking lot and exited his SUV. The victim was approached by four black male suspects in a maroon Chevrolet sedan, two of whom exited, with one displaying a black handgun, according to an Elmhurst Police Department post on the city of Elmhurst website.
The two offenders reportedly took the victim’s car keys and drove away with the victim’s SUV, the post stated. The remaining two offenders also fled in the Chevrolet sedan. The victim was unharmed, according to the post.
Responding Elmhurst police officers spotted both vehicles driving east on Interstate 290 from the St. Charles Road area. Elmhurst officers, with the assistance of area police agencies, were able to stop the Chevrolet sedan, taking into custody an 18-year-old man and a 17-year-old man on I-290 near 25th Avenue, the post stated.
Additional Elmhurst officers, with the assistance of Chicago police and the Illinois State Police, attempted to stop the stolen SUV, but it fled at a high rate of speed on Independence Avenue in Chicago, according to the post.
At about 2:08 p.m., the stolen SUV was found abandoned in an alley in the 3600 block of West Lexington Street in Chicago, the post stated. A search for the two remaining offenders was performed, but at this time, they remain at large, according to the post. The two suspects are described as black males wearing dark-colored sweatpants and surgical masks or ski masks over their faces, the post stated.
The other two suspects were transported to the Elmhurst Police Station, and the incident is currently being investigated by detectives, according to the post.
Elmhurst police have added additional police patrols with both marked and unmarked cars, the post stated. Residents are asked to immediately call 911 to report any suspicious activity. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact the Elmhurst Police Department at 630-530-3050.