CALUMET CITY — Officers are searching for a man who carjacked a driver at gunpoint outside a Highland business Wednesday morning before crashing the vehicle and running from police near an Illinois forest preserve.
The Highland Police Department is asking residents and business owners near the area of Burnham Avenue and Michigan City Road in Calumet City to check their security cameras for footage of the suspect, identified as a black man in dark-colored clothing, in the area shortly after 9:50 a.m.
According to Highland police, that’s when the suspect fled from the crash site and eluded officers by running between houses. More than an hour later, a helicopter buzzed overhead and a large police presence still surrounded the nearby Wentworth Prairie Forest Preserve in an effort to locate the suspect.
The incident began at around 9:40 a.m. when a customer exited a business near Indianapolis Boulevard and Lincoln Street in Highland and entered his vehicle, at which point he was approached by a man armed with a handgun and forced to drive around the corner. The suspect then ordered the man out of the vehicle and drove away, police said.
A Hammond police officer spotted the stolen vehicle a short while later as it was headed north on Hohman Avenue and initiated a brief pursuit. The stolen vehicle was then involved in a two-vehicle crash in Calumet City and the driver fled eastbound on foot, in the direction of the forest preserve.
Police said evidence was collected at the scene that will "aid in identifying the suspect."
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Highland Police Department at 219-838-3184.
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