2 carjacking suspects arrested in South Loop

CHICAGO -- Two suspects have been arrested after an apparent carjacking, police said.

Police spotted a vehicle taken during an aggravated vehicular carjacking near Polk and St. Louis around noon Tuesday.

Police were able to track down the suspects at Michigan Ave and Congress in the South Loop, and two suspects were taken into custody.

There have been nearly two dozen carjackings in the past week in Chicago.

At a gas station in the 2800 block of West Lawrence, the owner of a 2016 Audi was targeted, the thief then dumped the 2016, carjacked a 2010 Audi and sped off.

Police were called as the owner of the second car explained to the clerk what happened.

Citywide, the number of carjackings nears 800--an increase of 20 percent over 2016 and double that of 2015.

Tuesday morning, another Chicago man was victimized. His Mercedes Benz was stolen and he suffered a head injury.

"Someone came up from behind him. Hit him in the head. The other guy jumped in the car and they took off," Andrew Holmes said.

Holmes said part of the problem is many of these carjackings are being done by minors who too often are not being charged with felonies.

"These teens are just getting a slap on the wrist and some are telling these officers I'll be back out," Holmes said.