An 11-year-old boy is charged in a beating and carjacking on Chicago's North Side over the weekend. The CBS 2 Investigators have been tracking of children caught carjacking with adults.
- Now on this Hour 18, Chicago's carjacking crisis. An 11-year-old boy charged in a beating and carjacking on the city's North Side over the weekend.
- The CBS 2 Investigators have been tracking cases of kids caught carjacking with adults. CBS 2 investigator Megan Hickey joins us live from the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center with the numbers. Megan?
MEGAN HICKEY: Right, Brad and Irika. In this case, the 11-year-old was with a 19-year-old man when police say they repeatedly punched the victim in the face before taking his keys. We've been tracking carjacking cases, dozens of them, where adults are working with juveniles.
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- Vehicle was taken in a carjacking in the 19th District two hours ago.
MEGAN HICKEY: Prosecutors said the end of the incident was captured on cell phone video. 19-year-old John Daniels, an 11-year-old boy, and another person approached the 59-year-old victim as he was getting something from his trunk in the Buena Park neighborhood Saturday.
- Male white was beaten up.
MEGAN HICKEY: One of them punched him in the face, breaking his orbital bone. Police say Daniels then took the keys from the victim, and they drove off. Two hours later, a license plate reader identified the victim's vehicle as being stolen. Officers followed.
Daniels crashed the victim's vehicle into a metal fence. And they were eventually captured.
Do we know, is this an example of the recruitment I know that the superintendent has touched on in the past?
BRENDAN DEENIHAN: So I don't have any specific information on whether that 11-year-old was recruited. Obviously, he's with a 19-year-old. So I'm not going to talk about his cognitive behavior. But he's with a 19-year-old who was driving when the incident happened.
MEGAN HICKEY: According to data obtained by the CBS 2 Investigators through the Freedom of Information Act, since 2015, Chicago police have handled at least 65 cases in which an adult was arrested with a juvenile for carjacking. There were nine such reports in 2020. And so far in 2021, there have been at least five.
Chicago Police Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan told me that with suspects this young, they're trying to focus on the root of the problem.
BRENDAN DEENIHAN: The superintendent was talking about making sure that people like the 11-year-old have services rendered to them in order to change their behavior.
MEGAN HICKEY: A Cook County judge denied bail for Daniels today. Prosecutors said he had a pending felony theft case that he failed to appear in court for. He also had a prior carjacking case in February. But the victim declined to pursue charges. The judge said he denied bond in part because of Daniels' involvement with that 11-year-old boy, saying, you, quote, "have a responsibility as an adult in our society to lead young men like that on the straight and narrow path. The example you set on that date was not one of good. It was one of malice."
Now, that 11-year-old will face charges here in juvenile court. But his first hearing is not scheduled until next month. Irika?
- Megan, just today, a 16-year-old was in juvenile court. Prosecutors also allege that teenager worked with an adult to carjack a 30-year-old woman.
MEGAN HICKEY: Right. That was a carjacking at gunpoint. It was in the Bridgeport neighborhood on May 8. That suspect being held in custody until his next hearing.
- All right. Megan Hickey investigating. Thank you. Our CBS 2 Investigators did some more digging. Just in the first 17 weeks of this year, there's been 543 carjackings in Chicago. That's more than double the same period last year.