Police: Teen Girls Charged With Stealing, Crashing SUV Also Beat Up Girl, 10

CHICAGO (CBS) — Two teenage girls charged with helping steal and crash a Lexus in River North are in even more trouble, now facing charges for attacking and beating a 10-year-old girl in the old Cabrini-Green neighborhood last week.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Bernie Tafoya reports, the 16- and 14-year-old girls and a 20-year-old man were arrested Tuesday after police say they stole a Lexus sport-utility vehicle from the 800 block of North Hudson Avenue, in front of the Cabrini-Green rowhouses.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Bernie Tafoya reports

The owner of the stolen SUV called police after he spotted one of the teen girls driving it. A police chase ensued and at some point, the man got behind the wheel, police said.

The SUV crashed into a parked Bentley at Wells Street and Chicago Avenue, near the Chicago Avenue Brown-Purple Line ‘L’ stop. They then hit a pole in front of Gino’s East pizzeria, on the southeast corner of Erie and Wells streets.

In investigating the theft and crash, police learned that the 16-year-old girl had already been charged with misdemeanor battery on Dec. 9 for beating up the 10-year-old girl two days earlier.

The 14-year-old was wanted in the same attack, police said.

Both teens apparently knew the 10-year-old victim they allegedly beat and robbed Dec. 7, a police source said. They allegedly approached her about 4:45 p.m. in 1100 block of North Hudson Avenue because of a “previous disagreement” and, along with a third suspect, beat and robbed the girl of her purse and iPhone.

Another police source said the teens “pummeled, stomped and kicked” the 10-year-old girl so severely that her injuries required surgery.

Both teens were charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle and burglary in connection with Tuesday’s crash, police said. The 14-year-old was also charged with felony robbery for the Dec. 7 attack, police said.

A third unnamed female suspect between 14 and 16 years old is still being sought in connection with the Hudson Avenue robbery, police said.

The man involved in the Lexus theft and crash — Jerry Brown, 20, of the 500 block of West Pearson Street — was charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle, aggravated fleeing, leaving the scene of an accident with an injury and resisting arrest, according to a police News Affairs release.

Brown remained hospitalized early Wednesday, police said. The 16-year-old girl was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital after the crash, but police said both teens have been taken to the Juvenile Detention Center for processing as of late Tuesday.

  • Roberta Waker

    These repeat offenders definitely need some serious jail time. The parents need to be located, fined, and investigated by DCFS, plus they should pay for all of the 10 year old’s medical bills. Time to stop coddling these criminals – they know what they are doing and it will only get worse at taxpayer expense.

  • southside

    People need to stop having babies they can’t take care of.

    • Cabrini Neighbor

      Agreed. Chicago Social Services isn’t doing a great job, neither is Alderman Walter Burnett. I can’t believe that guy got voted back into office.

  • Cabrini Neighbor

    I live directly across the street from the Cabrini row houses. I hear and see everything from gunfire, men beating up women and young children being abused and have seen 2 full-scale street riots at 3am in the past year I’ve lived here.

    My friend’s Lexus SUV was stolen yesterday, which was parked directly in front of my building. I saw 2 girls casing his car before I went inside. They actually stole it, crashed into a brand new Rolls-Royce and hit a pole at 50mph downtown. One was pregnant and recently charged with the near-fatal beating of a 10 year old girl.

    Please relocate these people and TEAR DOWN CABRINI GREEN. The tax payers demand it.

  • BoBo

    Little tramps need to have their butts beat! .These two dirtbags will be like this for the rest of their pathetic lives. Throw the book at them! What could a 10 year old have done to get beat by 3 older girls so bad she needed surgery?!

  • franklin808

    All these girls are victims of society. They need our love and understanding. More money needs to be spent helping them.

    • non

      @franklin. Who’s money do you want to spend? Yours or mine?

    • Vince

      @franklin808,love and understanding comes from “RESPONSIBLE” parenting.that’s what they need.if their victims of anything it’s the lack of that. giving more money, will continue supporting irresponsible behavior.it’s not society job to raise a child.more PARENTING is the only increase that’s need it.

    • Cabrini Neighbor

      Why don’t you give them money if you care so much for them. The city is hemorrhaging money and can’t afford to enable criminal behavior any longer. Cutting them off is the best thing anyone could do for them. It will sting at first, but people adapt to change. It’s what we do.

    • Tyreese

      HaHaHaHaHaHaHaHa! Are you kidding? Victims of society? HaHaHaHaHaHa. That’s hilarious!!!

    • non

      You’re being sarcastic, right?

  • Cabrini Neighbor

    Check out the crime data the CPD put out in their annual report. Go to this PDF link and check out page 22 or so.



    What’s a 10 year old walking around with an iPhone for, anyway? Yes I feel for her, as a victim, and realize the article doesn’t elaborate about her residence, but if she, too, lives in the projects, I’d suggest someone’s financial priorities are jacked.

    • April

      So what? Because of that she deserved to be beaten by these 3 older hoodlums??

  • MamaKidd

    Oh, let’s just never mind that poverty breeds violence; ignorance breeds hate. And Lord knows, apparently we are cornering the market on all.

  • non

    I have two nephews that are plainclothes chicago cops on the far southwest side. The tales they would tell me would make a normal mans skin crawl. but for them, its just another day on the job

  • Do Something

    This 10 year old child was beaten within a mile of the elementary school, between the school and the after school program. I have personally witnessed when this elementary school, Manierre Elementary, is let out for the day. There is no police presence and the school monitors do nothing as children are kicked, hit, and thrown to the ground as they walk 30 yards from the school door to the bus. This beating crime brings to mind the video and death we were all outraged and appalled by two years ago when Derrion Albert was beaten to death by a mob after school in an altercation he had nothing to do with. Between school personnel, security and crossing guards, police officers, neighborhood watch, and monitored surveillance cameras we can stop these atrocitiies if we want to, and allow every child in Chicago to safely receive an education.

  • Pope Buster XXIII

    Any photos of the suspects?

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