Chicago is not only experiencing mass shootings these days. They are being inundated with carjackings by armed gangs with teenagers doing the dirty work. One woman was shocked to find out her auto was stolen by a boy who was only 14.
According to ABC7 in Chicago, carjackings are up 283% in the Windy City with at least five committed every day. Crime has exploded there with looting and property destruction run rampant. Now, these armed gangs are hitting people in their cars while they are waiting at stoplights and at gas stations. The attacks are increasingly happening in board daylight. In January alone, there were over 150 carjackings.
In one shocking instance, a woman was stunned that the alleged armed criminal who stole her car was just 14. In Chicago these days, armed children are on the loose and roaming the streets looking for their next victim. Evidently, they see carjacking as some kind of game.
“It happened quick,” stated Tavashane Brown. “They implied that they had guns,” she recounted. “They told me to get out. I gave them everything. I was like, ‘Look, here, take everything. Just don’t hurt me.’”
“Kids are out here doing this as if it’s a game. They’re terrorizing people and ruining lives,” Brown shakily recalled. “I’m wondering where are the parents, a 14-year-old.”
Brown was lucky to escape with no injuries. Many victims aren’t as fortunate. She also got her car back which is a minor miracle. This same 14-year-old is implicated in at least 10 other carjackings and robberies. He actually had the nerve to carjack an off-duty Chicago police officer. He also has 11 referrals to juvenile court. Quite a rap sheet for a 14-year-old.
According to CBSN Chicago, he has now been charged with: “five felony counts of vehicular hijacking with a firearm, two felony counts of armed robbery with a firearm, one felony count of unlawful use of a weapon, one felony count of possessing a stolen vehicle, one felony count of robbery, and one felony count of aggravated assault with use of a deadly weapon.” He was on electronic monitoring when he was arrested this time.
The reason this kid has been in and out of juvenile court going on a dozen times and counting is due to a 2016 “criminal justice reform” law. That piece of legalistic nonsense makes transferring underage suspects to adult court next to impossible. So, they get a slap on the wrist and they are cut loose because any kid under 16 is deemed a ‘child’ and allegedly isn’t held responsible for their crimes.
The gangs in Chicago are expanding and kids that lack supervision or a stable home are prime targets for recruitment. They become their family with deadly results.
In a sadly ironic twist, Brown had a gun in her purse for protection when she was robbed and the kid took it. He later used that gun in multiple armed robberies. It was later recovered. Thankfully, no one was killed with her gun.
Women are particularly at risk as the gangs see them as soft targets. “When night falls, I’m put in a predicament in my mind to feel afraid,’ said Angel Haralson who is another carjacking victim. She was carjacked by two men and she thought they were going to kill her. “They were quiet. No one was saying anything. I pulled over to let them out of the car, and I heard the gun click,” she told ABC 7.
The gunmen pulled her out of the car. They then threw her to the ground. They got away with her RAV-4, Apple Watch, and cell phone. She was just thankful they did not end her life. “It was so unfortunate. Never in a million years would I have thought it would be me,” she stated.
Chicago just formed a “carjacking task force.” The task force doesn’t have enough manpower or funding to really get the job done either. They have formed private security patrols and have increased the number of patrol officers assigned to carjackings. But that won’t stop this.
They claim to not understand why this is happening. The answer to that seems pretty obvious and it arguably isn’t guns. It’s the lax laws that let underage and older criminals walk and the lack of parenting coming out of many of these homes. The gangs fill a void for a lot of these kids.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot and other politicians in Chicago are calling the carjackings an epidemic, but it is really the gangs that are the scourge here.
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