When a juvenile is arrested on the suspicion of committing a crime, he or she is often charged and then released into the custody of a parent or another family member. In many cases, this is a reasonable approach, as teens tend to be cowed by the reality of being arrested and facing consequences for their alleged crimes. Sometimes, however, a juvenile will shake off the arrest like nothing happened and go right back to doing what he or she was doing before. Such seems to have been the case for a Chicago teen who was arrested twice in a single weekend related to two separate carjackings.
Teens Tried to Steal Retired Cop’s Car
This past Friday evening, news outlets report, a retired Chicago police officer parked in front of a Streeterville hotel and began unloading his bags before checking in. The retired officer—who now serves as a Texas Marshal—says he saw a young male get into the driver seat and attempt to drive off in the car. According to reports, the man chased the car, pulled the teen out, and held him on the ground. Two other teens allegedly then got into the car and tried to run the man over, but witnesses blocked the car.
All three teens—aged 14, 15, and 17—were arrested and charged with felony vehicular hijacking and attempted aggravated battery. The teens were released to their parents, but the weekend was just getting started for one of the boys.
The Chicago Police Department reported that one of the three—the CPD declined to say which one—was arrested again on Sunday night. This time, the teen was caught in a stolen car in Englewood, and he was carrying a gun, according to a police spokesman.
Juveniles and Carjackings
Coincidently, the boy’s second arrest occurred on the same day that CPD announced the formation of a new task force designed to address the city’s increasing carjacking problem. In the first month of 2018, there has been a 20 percent spike in carjackings compared to last year, and police officials say that juveniles are responsible for a large number of incidents. CPD Superintendent Eddie Johnson acknowledged that the department is trying to figure out how to deal with juvenile carjackers. Johnson expressed concern that “a slap on the wrist” sends the message that “we’re not serious about holding them accountable.”
Is Your Child Facing Charges?
While the purpose of the juvenile court system is to educate and rehabilitate young offenders, there are situations where more serious punishments may be appropriate. If your son or daughter has been arrested and charged with a crime, contact an experienced Will County juvenile defense attorney for guidance. Call 815-740-4025 to schedule a free, confidential consultation at the Law Office of Jack L. Zaremba today.