Two Rockford teens arrested after stolen car hijacked, crashed

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- Two teens were arrested after reportedly hijacking a car in west Rockford on Thursday night.

Soldier Perkins, 19, and a 16-year-old boy face charges after a vehicle was stolen and damaged. Charges are also pending against another suspect, an adult man taken to a local hospital with injuries.

Officers responded to hijacking reports in the area of Lexington Avenue and Preston Street around 7:30 p.m.

Police say three suspects approached a 40-year-old woman at a stop sign. One of the suspects allegedly demanded property from the victim, hit her with a gun and forced her out off the car.

Officers found the stolen white car and followed the suspects eastbound on U.S. Hwy 20 near 11th Street.

Police say the suspects tried to drive away, but ended up crashing while trying to exit I-90 for East State Street.

All three suspects were taken into custody, and police also recovered a loaded weapon.

Perkins was charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, aggravated vehicular hijacking, resisting police, aggravated fleeing to elude and fleeing to elude. He also faces several traffic charges.

The juvenile faces charges related to possession of a stolen vehicle, aggravated vehicular hijacking and resisting police.

The 16-year-old was taken to a local juvenile detention center, while Perkins is being held in Winnebago County Jail.

All three suspects are considered innocent unless proven guilty by the court of law.