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Carjackers In Bucktown Pushed Woman Down, Crashed Into Car, Police Say

A man was killed in Brighton Park early Monday, police said. [Victoria Pickering/Flickr]

BUCKTOWN — Two teens pushed a woman and threatened to hit her before stealing her car in Bucktown, police said.

At 3:35 p.m. Wednesday, the woman was getting out of her car in the 1600 block of North Claremont Avenue when the teens walked up to her and one of them pushed her down, police said. The teens got into the woman’s car and she tried to get back in.

The other teen threatened to hit the woman and she let the two 17-years-olds take her car and drive away, police said.

The teens drove the car south on Claremont Avenue, speeding through alleys and ignoring stop signs, police said. They crashed into another car in the 3000 block of West Grand Avenue.

One of the teens got out and tried to run away but was taken into custody, police said. The other teen was also taken into custody.

There were no injuries reported, police said.

One of the 17-year-olds was charged with vehicular hijacking and reckless driving, and he was cited for driving without a license. The other was charged with vehicular hijacking.

The carjacking have concerned neighbors like Steve Jensen, president of neighborhood group Bucktown Community Organization.

“The members of the Bucktown community have had to deal with carjackings for the last three to four years and it’s something the top brass of the city needs to address,” Jensen said. “We already have citizen patrols, but it’s not enough. We need more police on our streets and stronger prosecutors.”