FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, Ill. —
A teen was arrested after stealing a family member's vehicle and then minutes later forcing a woman out of her car in Fairview Heights Thursday evening, police say.
Around 5 p.m. officers were responding to a report of a stolen car in the 400 block of Anita Drive. Before they could arrive at that call they were alerted to a carjacking that had just occurred at North Illinois and Frank Scott Parkway.
The carjacking victim told police she had been stopped in traffic near the intersection when the driver of the vehicle behind her got out and forced her out of her car. She suffered minor injuries that did not require treatment.
Officers from a nearby department soon located the carjacked vehicle traveling west on St. Clair Avenue. When police tried to stop the vehicle, it struck the center median and came to a stop. A 17-year-old was taken into custody. There were no injuries in the accident.
Investigators say the teen stole a vehicle from a family member on Anita Drive and then abandoned it a short time later before stealing the second car. The Fairview Heights Police Department and the Metro East Auto Theft Task Force are conducting a joint investigation into the incident.
The suspect is in custody at the St. Clair County Detention Center while the St. Clair County State's Attorney reviews the case. Investigators say the investigation is ongoing.
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