Two 18-year-old men and a minor have been charged with stealing a car at a Northwest Side gas station and driving off with two children left in the back seat.
Tramaine Watson, Dimari Terry and a 16-year-old boy allegedly forced their way into a parked car Oct. 18 in the 5900 block of West Montrose Avenue, according to Chicago police.
They drove off with two kids in the backseat, a 2-year-old boy and a 5-year-old girl, police said.
Officers found the children a couple blocks away in the 4300 block of North McVicker Avenue in Portage Park, but the vehicle remained missing, police said.
Investigators confronted the trio three days later when they were allegedly seen inside the stolen vehicle in the 700 block of North Leamington Avenue in Austin, police said.
They attempted to flee, but were arrested within a block of the scene, police said.
Terry faces two felony counts of aggravated carjacking a passenger under 16, a count of vehicular highjacking, and a count of aggravated possession of a stolen vehicle, police said.
Watson is charged with unauthorized use of a weapon, possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of a stolen firearm, invalid FOID and violating his bond, police said.
Both men live in Austin and appeared for a bail hearing Wednesday afternoon at the Leighton Criminal Court Building.
Judge Charles Beach ordered them both held without bail, according to Cook County court records. They are due back in court Oct. 28.
The 16-year-old was charged in juvenile court with a felony count of possession of a stolen vehicle, police said. The teen is unnamed because he’s charged as a juvenile.