Two friends share horrifying experience of being carjacked in Homewood gas station; one suspect later jumped off bridge to escape
HOMEWOOD, Ill. (CBS) — Two males lately went on a carjacking spree in the south suburbs – first carjacking two different males, after which a lady with youngsters contained in the automobile.
Afterward, the suspects took police on a high-speed chase by way of Northwest Indiana earlier than one of them jumped off a bridge simply to get away.
CBS 2’s Jermont Terry talked to the 2 friends who had been the carjackers’ victims – and who described a harrowing and horrifying ordeal. They managed to escape with out bodily harm regardless of having weapons pointed proper at them.
Kendall Knight and Khalil Newson are shut friends with a bond like brothers. This week, the pair skilled fairly the scare whereas at a Shell gas station in Homewood.
“I’m still thinking about it – just a little traumatizing mentally,” Newson stated.
Moments after Khalil got here out of the shop and jumped into his personal automobile, a person grabbed his consideration.
“The guy approached me. He said, ‘Hey, you want to buy some pills?'” Newson stated. “I said, “Naw, I’m good – I do not take drugs.'”
Seconds after declining, the guy turned away – but then he turned back, this time with a gun.
“And when he turned again round, he had a gun in his hand. He pointed it at my chest – and bought nearer a bit nearer with it as he was demanding me to get out the automobile,” Newson stated.
Kendall, who sat in the passenger seat, realized they had been surrounded by two gunmen.
“He was threatening to kill somebody if we moved,” Knight stated.
They had been getting carjacked, in the car parking zone of the busy Shell station at 179th and Halsted streets.
“I really wanted to react and do something,” Knight stated, “but at the end of the day, I didn’t want my little brother to get hurt.”
The carjackers stole their automobile and jumped on Interstate 80/94 towards Indiana. But police stated the thieves carjacked one other lady at gunpoint alongside the way in which.
They had been in two stolen automobiles as they headed east. Indiana State Police noticed the autos, and the lads led troopers on a chase all through Northwest Indiana.
“Our car ended up in Indiana on Cline,” Newson stated.
His automobile was additionally wrecked. The first gunman had been driving it, and he crashed it.
But the second gunman stored zooming down the expressway. He finally lost management of the automobile.
State police stated the second gunman confirmed the gun when he tried bailing – and officers fired. At that time, the gunman jumped 30 ft from a bridge to get away. He was critically injured as a substitute.
“I don’t care how much trouble I’m in – I’m not about to jump off no bridge,” Knight stated. “They didn’t care about anything, obviously.”
Indiana State Police did arrest the 2 carjackers – they’re 18- and 21-year-olds from Chicago.
The one who jumped off the bridge remained hospitalized as of Tuesday night.
Meanwhile, Kendall and Khalil are grateful they did not find yourself in the ER themselves.