2 in custody after armed carjacking, police chase into Wilmington

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WILMINGTON, Ill. — Two suspects in an armed carjacking that lead to a high-speed police chase into Wilmington are now in police custody.

Just before midnight, an armed carjacking occurred in Calumet City. The vehicle was spotted by Dolton police around 1 a.m. Wednesday, which instigated a police chase that eventually stretched about 30 miles to Wilmington.

The two suspects ventured onto Interstate 57, and before long, Illinois State Police and other agencies joined in the pursuit. Police said the offenders were traveling over 100 miles an hour at times, before exiting at Wilmington Road.

The pursuit ended after the two offenders crashed through a fence in a subdivision. The two then fled on foot.

A homeowner, who wanted to remain anonymous, said he confronted one of suspects who came into his home.

The homeowner said his dog alerted him of a possible intruder, so he grabbed his gun and called out, "if someone is inside the house leave now." The suspect allegedly yelled back at the man, and said, "I'm not leaving!"

That's when the homeowner fired one shot at the suspect. The suspect then allegedly told the homeowner "I don't want to die tonight," and left out the back door.

Police were able to capture the suspect soon after that encounter. A manhunt lasted for several hours for the other suspect. Residents were asked to stay in their homes during the police search, and Wilmington schools were put on a delayed start.

The other suspect was reported in police custody just after 10 a.m. Wilmington Chief Phillip Arnold said he was captured as he tried to hide in an abandoned shed after a homeowner had noticed the door was opening and closing.

The suspects' names have not been released.

Charges are pending.

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