Teen charged in Austin armed carjacking

The van’s owner approached after the suspects got in, but one of them pointed a gun at him, police said.

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A teen is accused of trying to steal a van Feb. 22, 2020, in the 1000 block of North Lawler Avenue.

A teen is accused of trying to steal a van Feb. 22, 2020, in the 1000 block of North Lawler Avenue.

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A 15-year-old boy was charged with an armed carjacking Saturday in Austin on the West Side.

He faces one felony count each of aggravated vehicular hijacking with a weapon and possession of a stolen vehicle, Chicago police said. He is also charged with misdemeanor counts of reckless conduct, criminal damage to property and resisting a peace officer.

The teen and several other people entered a parked van in an alley about 5 p.m. in the 1000 block of North Lawler Avenue, police said.When the 43-year-old man who owned the van approached, someone inside pointed a gun at him.

Responding officers arrested the boy as he tried to drive away, police said. He appeared in juvenile court on Sunday.

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