Burbank Cops Nab One After Police Chase
Burbank police find abandoned vehicle from chase that originated from Chicago. Subject caught in suburb turned over to Chicago Police.
Burbank police nabbed a man after a pursuit that began in Chicago and spilled over the Burbank border, putting the city’s public and parochial elementary schools on soft lockdown Wednesday afternoon.
The police chase began in the Chicago Lawn neighborhood in the 8th police district near 83rd and Ashland Avenue, Officer Veejay Zala of Chicago Police News Affairs said.
At 1:45 p.m., gang officers observed a three male blacks driving erratically in a black Mercedes Benz, Zala said.
When the Chicago gang officers pulled the Mercedes over, the car fled with police in hot pursuit.
Zala said that at some point during the chase, the Mercedes went in reverse and struck a Chicago police car.
After colliding with police, the car fled to Burbank where Chicago police terminated the chase. There were no injuries.
Moments later, Burbank police received a call of three subjects, one described as a female black contrary to information given by Chicago Police News Affairs. The three were running from a Mercedes Benz after abandoning the car in the 5700 block of 83rd Place in Burbank.
Burbank police set up a perimeter and began searching for the suspects, a police news release said.
One of the subjects was found near 87th Street and Central Avenue in Burbank and was turned over to Chicago police. Charges against that individual are pending, according to Chicago Police News Affairs.
Burbank police and other assisting agencies, including Oak Lawn and Cook County Air Support, launched an extensive search of the area for the remaining two subjects.
Dist. 111 and nearby parochial elementary schools were placed on soft lockdown just before afternoon dismissal around 2:15 p.m. as a precautionary measure, Burbank police said.
A police source from one of the assisting agencies said the traffic stop of the three subjects initiated by Chicago police might have been related to a possible gang funeral that was taking place in the area.
Reavis High School Principal Dan Riordan said that police contacted him Wednesday afternoon about placing the building on soft lockdown, but school was not in session due to parent-teacher conferences.
“Parents were just starting to arrive,” Riordan said. “I asked if we would still be allowed to have parent-teacher conferences and [police] thought it would be okay.”
Riordan told Patch that most of the police activity seemed centered on the east side of Burbank.
The search for the occupants of the Mercedes appeared to be unrelated to an earlier death investigation being conducted just a few blocks away in the 6700 block of 83rd Place in Burbank.
A 78-year-old man and 80-year-old woman were discovered dead inside of the home of apparent gunshots wounds during a well-being check Wednesday morning.
Chicago Police News Affairs said there is no indication that the two incidents were related.
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