An 11-year-old boy from Chicago was arrested in late November for car-jacking and is the suspect in “several other cases”. According to police, the juvenile is considered a “prolific car-jacker” in the Windy City.
“Let me say that again, because that stops the conscience,” Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown told reporters, according to the Chicago Tribune. “Our task force arrested an 11-year-old for a carjacking.”
The boy, who is not being identified, was arrested on a felony count of aggravated vehicular hijacking with a firearm related to a car-jacking of a 48-year-old woman in a supermarket parking lot. The woman happened to be the wife of a Chicago police sergeant.
“This is a sad state of affairs,” Brown said, adding that the boy was arrested and charged with being in a stolen car two weeks earlier.
The boy will be charged as a minor for this case and is being “eyed” as a suspect in several other cases, according to police.
“The 11-year-old seems to be driving these carjackings,” Chicago police Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan said. “So he’s not just there, I guess, along for the ride with other individuals.”
The Police Department has made 1,292 carjacking-related arrests so far in 2021 out of 1,635 reported carjacking incidents. Of those incidents, 288 were for vehicular hijacking, 352 were for possession of a stolen car and 642 were for criminal trespass to a vehicle.