CLEVELAND, Ohio — A 17-year-old boy was arrested Wednesday after he allegedly took part in two carjackings, one in Bath Township and the other in Independence.
Police reports say the boy was arrested after a chase by Independence police, aided by the police department’s helicopter, which followed one of the stolen cars as it moved through the East Side at high speed.
Police said the first armed carjacking happened about 8 p.m. at a rest stop on the side of Interstate 77 in Bath Township where the robbers stole a Strongsville woman’s Nissan Rouge.
The group reportedly drove to Independence and blocked a woman who pulled into her driveway on Midland Avenue. The group allegedly stole the woman’s blue Hyundai Santa Fe at gunpoint and drove off on I-77 toward Cleveland.
Independence police reportedly chased the Hyundai until they lost sight of it on East 88th Street and Union Avenue in Cleveland.
Cleveland police then spotted a white Chevy Aveo believed to have been used in the carjackings and the stolen Nissan driving erratically on East 104th Street and Union Avenue, police said.
Cleveland officers did not chase the car, but reportedly called for their helicopter to help with the search. The helicopter reportedly tracked the two cars until they lost sight of the Aveo.
The helicopter kept following the stolen Nissan Rogue until it pulled into a driveway of a home on East 118th Street, south of Kinsman Road.
Police said the SUV nearly hit a man urinating in the area. Several people ran from the car.
Cleveland police reportedly spotted the teen suspcet running in a field a block away on East 117th Street and arrested him without incident.
The boy reportedly threw the keys in a field while running from the car and officers found them. Authorities are still looking for the stolen Santa Fe and the white Aveo. No other arrests have been made in the case.