Chicago police said a pair of 12-year-olds have been arrested in connection with an attempted carjacking Monday evening on the city’s West Side.
Two 12-year-old boys are facing felony charges of aggravated attempted vehicular hijacking after they allegedly tried to carjack a woman in Homan Square.
Police said the incident occurred just before 5:30 p.m. Monday in the 3400 block of West Lexington Street. They allegedly “attempted to take a vehicle by force from a 31-year-old female.”
The boys were arrested just moments later by police less than a mile from where the attempted carjacking allegedly occurred.
While shootings and homicides in Chicago are down compared to last year, Police Superintendent David Brown this week said vehicular hijackings continue to be a “challenge” for his department.
Carjackings are up 5% in 2022 compared to the same time last year, Brown said. Police have arrested 545 people this year in carjacking-related incidents, Brown said, and of those, more than half are juveniles.
“We have to invest in our youth, of course, and keep them active, making better decisions and involved in the community,” Brown said during a press conference Monday. “But, we will also hold them accountable when they break the law.”
The 12-year-olds are due in juvenile court for a hearing Tuesday.