The Aurora Police Department has arrested and charged the final suspect in connection to the January carjacking and shooting that left a woman paralyzed.
On Sunday, January 16th at 4:00 p.m., Aurora Police’s 911 Telecommunications Center received numerous calls for reports of a shooting and a carjacking in Wendy’s parking lot in the 1200 block of North Orchard Road. When officers arrived, they found a woman on the ground in the parking lot with a gunshot wound to her back. Aurora Fire Department paramedics arrived on the scene and immediately transported the woman to an Aurora area hospital.
Detectives from Aurora Police’s Investigations Division immediately responded to the scene and began investigating. Detectives learned that the victim was eating inside her SUV in Wendy’s parking lot when numerous offenders approached the vehicle, opened the door, and started attacking her. She was pushed over the center console, shot in the spine, then pulled from the vehicle and thrown on the ground. The victim is now paralyzed and maybe in a wheelchair for the remainder of her life.
On April 29th, the Aurora Police Department announced the arrests of a 16-year-old juvenile and 26-year-old Harvey male. APD also announced that a third suspect in the Aurora incident was shot and killed during an Aggravated Vehicular Hijacking in Lansing, Illinois and that detectives were still actively working to identify and charge the fourth suspect involved in the incident.
On Tuesday, June 16th, detectives followed up on a lead for the fourth suspect in Lansing, Illinois and took an 18-year-old man into custody without incident. The suspect was interviewed by detectives and, shortly thereafter, the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office authorized the following felony charges against Lansing resident:
- One felony count of Aggravated Battery with a Firearm (Class X)
- One felony count of Aggravated Vehicular Hijacking (Class X)
- One felony count of Armed Violence (Class X)
- Two felony counts of Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle (Class 2)
The Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Illinois State Police, the Harvey Police Department, the Lansing Police Department, the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office, and the Hazel Crest Police Department all assisted in the investigation.