CHICAGO — Three young siblings made it out of a carjacking unscathed thanks to some quick-thinking and bold actions late Sunday.
Police said four people are in custody and one person remains on the loose after a SUV was carjacked around 11:20 p.m. Sunday outside a Domino’s Pizza on the 3100 block of West Devon Avenue in West Rogers Park.
A 49-year-old man left his Toyota Highlander running with his children — ages 4, 9 and 16 — inside as he went into the pizza chain.
Police said a stolen black Toyota Camry pulled up, the passenger got out and jumped into the Highlander’s driver seat — and drove off with the children inside.
In the backseat was 16-year-old Imama Muratab with her 9-year-old brother Hasnain and their 5-year-old sister Ayesha.
“I started shouting at him, ‘Who are you? Get out of the car!’ and he starts driving really fast down the road,” Imama told WGN. She said the carjacker was no more than 17 years old, and that she never saw a gun.
Imama said she began choking the carjacker while reaching for her father’s phone on the passenger seat. She said she dialed 911 as her little brother hit the offender over the head with an iPad.
“I grab it, I call 911. Thirty seconds into the call, the dude just hopped out of the car,” Imama said.
The carjacker drove just four blocks before ditching the SUV with the three children in the 3500 block of West Devon in Lincolnwood. Police said the stolen Camry came back around and picked up the would-be carjacker, then took off.
Authorities responded and the children were reunited with their father a short time later.
The offender’s car was found at a gas station in the 4200 block of West Lawrence Avenue, and four suspects were arrested. The driver of the Camry is still at large.
Charges are pending.