FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, Ill. – A 13-year-old and two 15-year-olds are accused of carjacking a Fairview Heights woman and her 7-year-old son at gunpoint before leading police on a chase Tuesday night.
Police were called to the parking lot of the Dollar General store, located in the 10000 block of Lincoln Train around 9:05 p.m. for a report of an armed robbery. When they arrived, the victim told officers she and her son were approached by three teens who showed what appeared to be a handgun, and demanded money.
Before the woman could act, the teens ordered her to get her son out of the car. She complied, and the teens left in her vehicle.
A short time later a Fairview Heights police officer spotted the car traveling west on St. Clair Avenue at Highway 157. The officer tried to stop the car, but the suspects continued to drive.
The suspects lost control of the vehicle and slid into a drainage ditch near Vassar and Hallows in Washington Park. They then exited the vehicle and ran from the scene.
Officers from Belleville, St. Clair County, Fairmont City, O'Fallon, Caseyville, East St. Louis, Washington Park, Brooklyn, and Illinois State Police responded to the scene, and began searching for the suspects.
The teens were taken into custody a short time later. Three airsoft guns, which look like real guns, were also recovered.
The teens are all Washington Park residents. They were taken to the Fairview Heights Police Department and are held at the St. Clair County Juvenile Detention Center. Their names have not been released.
Police say one of the 15-year-old suspects was charged in juvenile court with robbery and mob action for a robbery at Moody Park in October. Because of those charges, he was supposed to be on home confinement.
Nobody was injured in the carjacking or chase.