Skokie carjacking leads to SWAT standoff in Cragin; 2 arrested

Two male suspects stole a gray Infiniti sedan from a parking lot at Westfield Old Orchard mall and crashed it in Chicago, police said.

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Two minors were arrested after a Sunday carjacking in north suburban Skokie led to a SWAT standoff in Cragin on the Northwest Side.

About 6:37 p.m., officers responded to reports of the carjacking in the parking garage at Westfield Old Orchard mall, Skokie police said. A man told police two male suspects stole his gray Infiniti sedan at gunpoint and sped off on the Edens Expressway into Chicago. The man wasn’t hurt.

Officers tracked the Infiniti to Irving Park Road and Keeler Avenue, Skokie police said. The suspects crashed the car and ran off.

One boy was taken into custody nearby, Skokie police said.

Chicago police confirmed a SWAT team was deployed at 9:28 p.m. in the 2100 block of North Lavergne Avenue when the second suspect barricaded himself inside a home with a gun. The standoff ended about 11:15 p.m. with the second boy taken into custody.

Ages of the suspects were not provided.

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