Teen Charged Following Cell Phone Store Standoff

SWAT teams responded, standoff lasted four hours

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    A four-hour standoff at a cell phone store in south suburban Midlothian ended with SWAT team smoke bombs, a trashed store and two arrests. Anthony Ponce reports. (Published Wednesday, Feb 13, 2013)

    A 14-year-old faces multiple charges following a four-hour standoff at a cell phone store in south suburban Midlothian Wednesday morning.

    The teen was charged with burglary and possession of a weapon.  A 17-year-old police believe to also be involved in the crime has yet to be charged.

    Store Owner Describes Damage

    [CHI] Store Owner Describes Damage to Cell Phone Shop
    A four-hour standoff at a cell phone store in south suburban Midlothian ended with SWAT team smoke bombs, a trashed store and two arrests. (Published Wednesday, Feb 13, 2013)

    The owner of the business at 147th Street and Turner Avenue told NBC 5 that two teens broke into the store by smashing a side window. Owner Sam Hijazin said police told him the suspects found his gun and pointed it at officers.

    It prompted a big SWAT standoff outside the store. At one point, one of the teen's moms was outside on a bullhorn, pleading with his son to turn himself in. The SWAT teams had to use flash bangs and smoke bombs to try and get the suspects to surrender.

    Meanwhile the teens trashed the store, Hijazin said.

    "I guess the suspects were throwing stuff around, and they had a gun pointed at the police officers, I believe, and the police officers acted, threw [smoke] bombs in here," Hijazin said.

    Hijazin said they punched a hole in a wall and dumped merchandise all over the store. A computer was broken, and the smoke bombs left a layer of dust over everything.

    Police have not confirmed any details, and it's not clear if the teens turned themselves in or SWAT teams had to remove them.