Police Chase Skokie Teen After Gun Threat Monday

A juvenile held a gun to a victim's head, police said, leading to a police chase through Morton Grove and Skokie.

Police cars were zipping down Gross Point Road and there was a police presence in the area, from eastern Morton Grove to western Skokie, around 6:30 p.m. Monday, a resident on Gross Point Road reported. 

Police were searching for a juvenile who placed a gun against the head of another person during an incident in the 5400 block of Warren in Morton Grove, Commander Paul Yaras of the Morton Grove Police Department said Tuesday morning. No shots were fired, he said.

Morton Grove officers and investigators went to an address in Skokie and arrested the male juvenile who had the gun, he said. Officers recovered the gun, which turned out to be a realistic looking BB gun. Yaras said another arrest is imminent for the juvenile, who damaged a car and punched another juvenile during the same incident. 

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A group was present during the incident when the gun was used to threaten the victim, Yaras said, and police also sought a second juvenile, who was arrested Tuesday morning. Both are from Skokie.

Skokie Police Sergeant Libit said Monday night that Skokie police officers assisted Morton Grove police in the search, and indicated the subject of the search was taken into custody.

Yaras said the incident was not gang-related, but police are investigating whether it was related to drugs.  

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Jackie Brown January 14, 2014 at 07:25 PM
Sometime it just has to be said. I do often come to the defense of statements made regarding that most of the young men whom are committing most of these crimes are young African American men from a household of low economic status. I continue to see a pattern of young African American men arrested for crimes in Skokie. While there is no description of the young men posted for this crime, I will probably guess they are African American. It is heartbreaking to hear myself say that, because I am a African American woman. I see young men around my son's age loafing the streets of Skokie with no sense of purpose or direction during work hours and it is pissing me off. Skokie has a lot to offer young people besides causing terror to the community. The mall for jobs, Oakton College, National Louise College, Northwestern University nearby, jobs with the park district. Everything for a great start for a young individual to begin building a life. I have never had a issue of drugs or gangs or disrespectful children, encounters with the police ect.. in my home. I did my job as a parent and provided structure and extreme limited boundaries. I lived my life when parenting as the role model and example. Work hard for unlimited successes. Have parents totally given up on parenting their kids ? I am 50 and refuse to walk the streets of this community fearful of other peoples children whom are even younger than mine. If mine can work 2 jobs and their way thru national top universities so can others. I have to agree on your comment sklogw, parents get control of your animal children, when you don't do your job as a parent to raise them, they roam the streets like wild animals. When your kids and lack of control over them become a risk to the safety and success of what mine work hard for, you are a burden on the community. I disagree with the labeling of "section 8" people, "low income" people, everyone has a chance at life, people at a disadvantage just start from a different platform and have to work harder. When you choose to put guns to the heads of others, rob a place of business other than try to get a job, be a menace and danger to the community instead of a attribute, you contribute to being a statistic element only. Don't drag the rest of us along on your downward spiral, meaning other African Americans in the community. It is shameful, disrespectful, and embarrassing to our culture.
shp January 14, 2014 at 10:12 PM
Thank you Jackie Brown for your straight forward and honest comments. What does the community do about this is the question. This issue is really hurting Skokie.
V.S. January 15, 2014 at 09:57 AM
Jackie Brown's comment is the best comment I have read in a long time. Thanks for putting into words what many other people, including me, have thought but never expressed.
Cat Lover January 15, 2014 at 10:02 AM
Skokie residents act like Skokie is the only place experiencing these increases in crime, especially amongst youth. There are shootings in schools, shopping areas and movie theaters all across the nation. A 12 year old recently shot someone in school in another state. These deranged criminals are from all different areas, income groups and ethnic groups. The increase in crime is not only a problem in Skokie. It is a national problem.
Local Resident January 15, 2014 at 04:54 PM
Jackie I applaud you for saying what many want to. I wish more parents provided the environment that is apparent you provided for your family to be successful. I have approached many youths in the Skokie area being blatantly openly disrespectful and it causes me to feel shame also for the family that has a hand is raising them. I want to say so much what would your mother or father would think if they could see and hear your behavior displayed in public. It is a entire new culture of kids that don't seem to have a clue or don't seem to care about pursuing a future. I'm a parent to now adult children. I have even thought of opening my home to 3-4 young men at a disadvantage to help guide them to start working for a future. The police and the courts are now the parents to most, they are giving the consequences for bad behavior but the results don't benefit the community much. Young kids in jail can't continue to be the final answer. Parents have to take accountability for their lack of guidance and involvement.


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