Carjacking suspect arrested in Northwestern med school building basement after chase, lockdown

Carjacking suspect arrested in Northwestern med school building basement after chase, lockdown

CHICAGO (TOC) — Northwestern College’s Chicago campus was briefly locked down Monday when police chased a carjacking suspect right into a medical college constructing.Police mentioned a 19-year-old carjacking suspect ran from a visitors cease and right into a medical college constructing within the 300-block of E. Superior St. round 1:30 p.m., triggering a lockdown.

A textual content alert despatched to Northwestern employees and college students Monday afternoon warned them to “run, conceal, battle,” “take correct shelter” and “lock and/or barricade doorways.”

AlertNU: There may be an Lively Risk occasion on the Chicago Campus. Run, Cover, Combat. Take correct shelter. Lock and/or barricade doorways.

— Northwestern (@NorthwesternU) Could 2, 2022

Chicago police mentioned officers started following the suspect after a carjacking within the 2000-block of W. Arthur on Chicago’s North Facet round 12:48 p.m.

Officers pursued the automobile down DuSable Lake Shore Drive earlier than police mentioned the suspect ditched the automobile close to Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

As officers pursued him on foot, witnesses mentioned they noticed a person dash right into a Starbucks and run up the steps into the medical college.

“This man got here operating down the road with a shoe off – he seemed like he was tousled,” witness Sean Fannin mentioned. “He ran contained in the constructing and up the steps, and that connects over to the hospital over right here. After which we noticed the police officer are available behind him with the gun drawn, pulled out. And there is docs, college students and other people simply strolling round and stuff. It was wild.”

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“He bumped into them doorways there, ran up the steps, went by way of the doorways there, got here again right down to the basement,” witness Edwin Jimenez mentioned. “That is when SWAT got here went in and cleared the constructing. He ran proper into the sergeant.”

It isn’t clear if the suspect was armed on the time, however CPD spokesperson Tom Ahern tweeted a photograph of a gun that police recovered from the stolen automobile.

Northwestern tweeted that the “energetic risk” on campus was over round 2:20 p.m. In response to the tweet, the suspect was apprehended within the basement of the Ward Constructing.

Video confirmed officers strolling the suspect out of a medical college constructing in handcuffs.

“Horrible,” Jimenez mentioned. “I am glad they caught him although. Lastly we get a carjacker off the road.”

Police mentioned fees towards the suspect are pending. No accidents have been reported.

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