Police blotter: Three juveniles charged in Joliet robbery
BY BRIAN STANLEY email@example.com September 3, 2013 8:46PM
Updated: October 5, 2013 6:26AM
JOLIET — A 12-year-old boy and two 14-year-old boys were charged with robbery, battery and obstructing police after mugging an older teen Monday outside Joliet Central High School, according to police.
The victim, 18, was walking across the campus about 1 p.m. when he was grabbed from behind, choked and punched, and the assailants took his iPod and wallet, Capt. Tab Jensen said.
The victim called police after the attack, and Officer Robert Badertscher saw three boys matching the descriptions given in the 200 block of Eastern Avenue, and police stopped them after a short foot chase, Jensen said.
The three boys were identified as the attackers and were assigned to the county juvenile detention center, according to police.
JOLIET — A resident whose car was stolen Monday pursued it with another vehicle, and officers found the thief hiding nearby, police said.
The owner had left the keys in his 1986 Chevrolet El Camino while it was in a driveway in the 1400 block of North Hickory Street, Jensen said.
About 4:45 p.m., a neighbor saw Michael T. Leon, 47, 1110 N. Hickory St., get behind the wheel and speed away, according to Jensen. He said the neighbor yelled to the owner, who got into another vehicle and followed the El Camino to Russell and Center streets.
“The victim pulled around to cut off the El Camino right in front of (a bar), and Leon got out and took off running,” Jensen said.
Police were setting up a perimeter in the neighborhood when a resident of the 1200 block of Hickory Street reported that Leon was hiding in bushes, and police arrested him for vehicle theft, Jensen said.
Man wounded in arm
JOLIET — An 18-year-old man was shot in the arm Sunday night while walking in the 800 block of Rosalind Street, police said.
Gunfire was reported at 9:37 p.m., and police were sent to Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox a short time later when a man came in with a bullet wound, according to police.
The victim told police he had been shot by two men in a white truck but could not describe his assailants. His injury was not life-threatening.
Police later found a white Ford truck in the area that had been reported stolen in Crest Hill, police said.