Two Chicago men have been charged with carjacking a vehicle Monday night and leading officers on a chase that ended on the Eisenhower Expressway in west suburban Oak Park.
Davontae Jones, 18, and Jason Dortch, 19, were armed with a gun when they approached two men at 10:30 p.m. in the 800 block of North Racine and demanded money and the keys to their Jeep Cherokee, according to a statement from police.
Monroe District officers pursued Jones and Dortch in the Jeep onto Interstate 290 near Austin Boulevard in Oak Park, where the officer’s vehicle crashed and the suspected car jackers abandoned their car. They tried to run away, but were taken into custody.
Jones and Dortch, who both live in the Lawndale neighborhood, were each charged with a felony count of aggravated vehicular hijacking. They were expected to appear in bond court Wednesday.
Tuesday morning, detectives brought in victims of 11 other similar carjackings and robberies committed over the last three days to help determine if the suspects are responsible for the crime spree, which prompted police to issue community warnings.
In those incidents, two to three men approached victims on the street or inside their vehicles and either stolen their cars or belongings from inside their cars.
The incidents happened:
• At 4:17 p.m. Sunday in the 200 block of North Justine Street;
• At 9:26 p.m. Sunday in the 2200 block of West Walnut Street;
• At 9:57 p.m. Sunday in the 700 block of North Wood Street;
• At 10:20 p.m. Sunday in the 1200 block of West Flournoy Street;
• At 12:09 a.m. Monday in the 300 block of South Paulina Street;
• At 2:30 a.m. Monday in the 1300 block of North Leavitt Street;
• At 2:35 a.m. Monday in the 2500 block of West Wellington;
• At 3:02 p.m. Monday in the 400 block of North Aberdeen Street;
• At 4:03 a.m. Monday in the 1500 block of North Artesian Avenue;
• At 3:30 a.m. Monday in the 3600 block of North Hamlin Avenue;
• At 4:08 a.m. Monday in the 1400 block of North Maplewood Avenue; and
• At 4:24 a.m. Monday in the 1900 block of West Augusta Boulevard.
The offenders were described as two to three black men between 5-foot-6 and 6-foot-1, 150 to 170 pounds with medium to dark complexions, police said. One man is between 18 and 20 years old and the other 30 to 35.
Both men were masked, police said.