By Kenneth Edison, Editor-in-Chief
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The parent of an EC student was the victim of a carjacking at gunpoint near Memorial Hall on the afternoon of Monday, Jan. 22.
According to the Elmhurst Police Department, four male suspects in a maroon Chevy Impala followed the victim as they were picking up a student from campus.
Once parked, two suspects approached the victim while brandishing a handgun and demanded the keys to the victim’s Cadillac Escalade before driving away with the stolen vehicle. The victim was not harmed in the ordeal.
The other two suspects drove away in the Impala but were pulled over on I-290 while heading east shortly afterward. Police took the two suspects, one 18-year-old and one 17-year-old male, into custody and transported them to the Elmhurst Police Station.
The two offenders in custody were released from Elmhurst Police Station on Thursday, Jan. 25 without any charges being filed.
The stolen Escalade was found by Chicago police abandoned in an alley near West Lexington Street in the North Lawndale neighborhood of Chicago.
Though the stolen vehicle was recovered, the two suspects that stole the vehicle remain at large and are described as black males in sweats with ski masks over their faces.
The campus was alerted to the carjacking at midnight on Tuesday, Jan. 23 via an email from EC President Troy VanAken. The email contained details of the incident and explained that there was no immediate threat to the larger campus and thus, there was no mass alert sent out immediately.
The maroon Chevy Impala that the suspects were driving has also been linked to string of carjackings throughout the western suburbs. According to the Chicago Tribune, police alleged the Impala was also reported as being the vehicle present at carjackings in River Forest and Schaumburg in the days leading up to the carjacking on EC’s campus.
In response to the incident Elmhurst Police Department made a post on their Facebook page indicating an adjustment for heightened awareness.
“The police department is working overtime, increasing officer patrols with both marked and unmarked squad cars in response. Additional time off has been canceled to increase police officer staffing each day,” they said. “Our detectives are coordinating efforts with other affected suburban departments, the Chicago police, and the FBI to identify and apprehend burglary and vehicle theft suspects.”