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Teen Charged With Carjacking Delivery Driver in West Town

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A 17-year-old boy is accused of carjacking a delivery driver Saturday in West Town.

The driver, a 28-year-old man, parked just before 5:45 p.m. in the 900 block of West Randolph Street to make a delivery when the teen got into his vehicle, Chicago police said.

The teen allegedly kicked and pushed the man out of the vehicle before driving off, dragging the man a short distance, police said.

The boy allegedly crashed into another vehicle and was arrested after a brief foot chase, police said.

NBC 5 talked to one witness who was walking near the scene at Randolph and Sangamon streets when he saw the crime unfold.

"As I looked up, I noticed a car coming to a stop, a young person driving and another person being dragged," witness Lawrence Booth said. "The offender saw the police, got out and started running, and the police chased and caught him a couple blocks away."

The suspect was charged with one felony count of vehicular hijacking and one misdemeanor count of battery, police said.

The teen was expected to appear in juvenile court Sunday.

While the victim wasn't seriously hurt, Chicago's carjacking problem persists.

According to the Chicago Police Department, the city is on place to see 1,800 carjackings this year. More than 1,400 carjackings were reported in all of 2020.

"I’ve been hearing about it and see it on the news on a daily basis and to see it happen in person was like wow, it’s a reality right now, it’s something we are dealing with," Booth said.

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