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Cops: Teen hijacks man at gunpoint outside Orland Park mall

(ORLAND PARK) A teenager has been charged with using a pellet gun to hijack a man’s vehicle Friday night in the parking lot of a southwest suburban mall.

The man was leaving his job at Orland Square Mall at 428 Orland Square Dr. in Orland Park about 10:15 p.m. Friday when a teen approached as he was putting items in his car, according to Orland Park police.

The teen pulled out a black handgun and demanded his keys, police said.

The vehicle was later spotted by police eastbound on 151st Street. The officer turned on his emergency lights and siren, and began following, but the teen kept driving southbound on 80th Avenue, then westbound on 159th Street. Police said the teen was “driving erratically,” so the officer stopped the chase.

Later, an off-duty police officer saw the vehicle turning into a dead-end on Brassie Court. The teen ran from the vehicle, and after a “short pursuit,” was taken into custody.

The teen, whose name was not released because he is a juvenile, was petitioned to juvenile court, police said. He also had an active juvenile warrant from Chicago for vehicular hijacking.

No one was hurt. Police said a pellet gun was found in the vehicle.