Two men both wearing ski masks and armed with handguns hijacked a car in the 2500 block of Forest Avenue, North Riverside, on March 27 at around 12:40 p.m. as a 46-year-old mom was putting her daughter into the vehicle.

No one was injured during the incident and police were unable to immediately locate the car, which was followed from the scene by a chase car, described as a blue Chevy Traverse. 

Chicago police located the abandoned stolen vehicle about four hours later after it had crashed into several other vehicles in the 300 block of North Lorel Avenue in the Austin neighborhood.

The victim told police she was loading her daughter into her vehicle, which was parked on the street, when she noticed a Chevy Traverse heading north from 26th Street come to a stop.

Two men wearing ski masks approached and demanded the keys to the victim’s car and money. When the victim responded she had no keys or money, one of the man lifted up his shirt to reveal a black handgun. 

The victim then turned over the keys while the second offender attempted to take the woman’s purse from her shoulder. The victim’s yelling caught the attention of the victim’s boyfriend, who reportedly punched the second offender to stop him from stealing the purse. The second offender reportedly was armed with a silver revolver-style pistol, according to the police report.

At that time, the offenders got into the victim’s vehicle and drove away southbound to 26th Street and then east. The Chevy Traverse continued north and then east on 25th Street.

North Riverside police recovered the victim’s vehicle from Chicago and processed it for physical evidence that was sent to the Illinois State Police Crime Lab for testing.

Attempted burglary arrest

John Kimborough, 46, a Berwyn man was charged with two counts of attempted burglary after his arrest last week in connection with incidents on March 20 on Shenstone and Nuttall roads, Riverside police have reported.

Officers responded to the 300 block of Shenstone Road at about 10:40 p.m. on March 20 after someone called to report seeing home security camera video of someone trying to gain entry to vehicles parked in the rear of a residential property.

While police were unable to locate anyone in the area, officers were notified of a similar incident in the 300 block of Nuttall Road at about 11:10 p.m. Again, a home security camera caught a person trying to enter several vehicles parked at the rear of a residential property.

The alleged offender had left the area by the time Riverside police arrived, but a short time later North Riverside observed someone matching a description broadcast by police standing in front of a business at 26th Street and Desplaines Avenue.

North Riverside police arrested that person, later identified as Kimborough, on n warrant out of Hodgkins and turned him over to that department.

Riverside police reported subsequently reviewing multiple videos from multiple locations and determined Kimborough was the person attempting to break into vehicles on March 20.

They arrested Kimborough on March 24. The Cook County State’s Attorney approved felony charges against him. Kimborough is being held without bond awaiting an April 14 hearing date at the Maybrook courthouse.

85 mph down Cermak

North Riverside police charged a 21-year-old Bolingbrook man with aggravated speeding after an officer on patrol reported observing a gray Acura TSX traveling at 85 mph in a 35 mph zone on Cermak Road while eastbound from Desplaines Avenue on March 22 at about 2:55 a.m.

The police officer pulled the Acura over at Cermak Road and Wesley Avenue in Berwyn and spoke with the driver, who showed the officer a cellphone photograph of his Florida driver’s license. The officer arrested the driver and impounded the vehicle. The driver has a May 2 hearing at the Maybrook courthouse.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, March 21-27, and represent a portion of the incidents to which police responded. Unless otherwise indicated, anybody named in these reports has only been charged with a crime. These cases have not been adjudicated.

— Compiled by Bob Uphues