UPDATE: 2 Chicago teens in custody after Danville carjacking

UPDATE: 2 Chicago teens in custody after Danville carjacking

DANVILLE — Two Chicago teens are in custody Wednesday after a carjacking at a Danville gas station and two vehicle chases that ended in northern Vermilion County.

Danville police Cmdr. Joshua Webb said the suspects are 16 and 17 years old. Their names are not being released because they are juveniles.

The carjacking occurred shortly before 10 a.m. at Casey’s General Store, 845 E. Voorhees St.

The female victim told police she had just filled up her 2015 Jeep Cherokee Latitude when a dark-colored mid-sized BMW SUV pulled up to the pump behind her. She noticed a young man wearing a tank top get out of the car and appear to pump gas.

The woman said as she was getting ready to open her car door, the BMW pulled up alongside her at the pump. She said a man wearing a mask got out of the vehicle and demanded that she give him her car.

The woman initially said no. But when the man demanded again, she noticed he was pointing a handgun at her chest, and gave him her keys.

She said the driver of the BMW left the station and headed west on Voorhees with the man driving her Jeep following close behind.

The woman, who wasn’t injured in the incident, ran into the station and told the employee what had happened.

Webb said officers checked the Holiday Hills subdivision just north of the gas station and located both the BMW and the Jeep. When the drivers saw the police, they sped off, heading north on North Bowman Avenue.

Webb said police pursued the vehicles until the BMW pulled over outside of Rossville. Officers took the 16-year-old into custody and discovered that the vehicle, a 2011 model, had been stolen from Chicago.

Officers continued to pursue the Jeep. The chase ended when the driver crashed, totaling the vehicle in the area of 1400 N. County Road 1300 E, west of Hoopeston.

Webb said police recovered a gun at the scene. He added that they continue to investigate the incident.

Anyone with information on the crime is asked to call Danville police at 217-431-2250 or Vermilion County Crime Stoppers at 217-446-8477.

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Bwp 5P wrote on February 15, 2017 at 4:02 pm

Maybe hit the panic buttom on the remote and run? I don't know? It's a Vehicle.....and losing your life over one isn't very smart I guess!

What were Those Morons thinking?

fuddrules wrote on February 15, 2017 at 8:02 pm

They weren't thinking.  Especially trying to outrun the police going  north on Rt. 1.  LOL, where were they going to go?  The corn isn't even standing.

cjw61822@hotmail.com wrote on February 15, 2017 at 6:02 pm

Chicago values brought to East Central Illinois.   Should be federal charges.  It is a federal crime to steal a car via a gun.

jparks wrote on February 15, 2017 at 9:02 pm

Twenty years behind bars, to separate the good people from the bad.  Anyone disagree?  I haven't heard the race of anyone involved. It is irrelevant.

Mef wrote on February 18, 2017 at 8:02 am

100% behind you on that. I can hear the argument through already that 16 and 17 year old's aren't adults, yes, so OMG they should be tried as juveniles.

Perhaps if it's breaking curfew or if they spray painted a wall yes, try them as juveniles. You've illegally posessed a handgun you aren't old enough to own, brandished the weapon to commit grand theft auto, stole two vehicles, and tried to evade arrest by speeding, driving eradically, putting needless lives in danger, and ultimately totalling a vehicle you didn't own. They don't value the society they live in to respect it's laws, so remove them from it.

There should not be a "I promise to be better tomorrow.", or a "We're sorry." These kids have no resmorse for what they did as this was a planned, dliberate act to commit multiple felonies and think they could get away with it.

I'm glad they were both caught, and I hope whatever judge is given this case, and the jury that will have to hear them give their side of the story, tries them as adults and they don't get to see society again until they are 35. Maybe they might appreciate it a bit more then, maybe not. Either way, society is better without them in it for a while.