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Carjacker Wanted in Death of 11-Year-Old Boy Caught in Wisconsin McDonald's

Police suspect Rockie Douglas is also accused of snatching purses in Oak Lawn and Burbank before he fled the state.

Rockie Douglas Mugshot, courtesy of the Chicago Police Department
Rockie Douglas Mugshot, courtesy of the Chicago Police Department

Rockie Douglas, wanted in connection with carjackings and a crash that killed an 11-year-old boy on the South Side, was captured Tuesday at the drive-thru window of a Milwaukee McDonald's, according to the U.S. Marshal's Office.

Douglas was in a stolen car in the drive-thru area when authorities boxed him, and he was arrested without incident.
“He was at the window,” U.S. Marshal Supervisor Douglas Bachert told the Chicago Sun-Times.

Douglas had a woman in the car with him when authorities found him, according to the Sun Times media report. Further details about the woman were not immediately available Tuesday.

Douglas, 34, last known to be of the Beach Park neighborhood of Chicago, is suspected of driving away in a van he allegedly carjacked on the city’s North Side after hitting the vehicle carrying 11-year-old Donovan Turnage. Donovan was on his way to get his Christmas haircut with his father and 20-year-old brother on Saturday morning.

The boy died after he was ejected from his family’s Chevy Suburban at 55th Street and Halsted Avenue. His father was also seriously injured.

Chicago Police were in pursuit when Douglas allegedly hijacked a second vehicle, possibly a 2008 tan and white Toyota FJ Cruiser, that led Oak Lawn Police on a brief chase into Burbank after the driver snatched a woman’s purse around 1:30 p.m. Saturday, reports said.

Oak Lawn police officers found a shaken 52-year-old woman when they arrived at Jewel-Osco at 8801 S. Ridgeland Ave. The woman told police she was walking back to her car when a male white driving a tan sports utility vehicle waved at her across the lane of traffic.

Police said as the woman was walking through the handicapped parking area, the same SUV pulled alongside of her on the right side. The driver pulled the woman's purse off and into the SUV, he then fled going westbound through the parking lot, reports said.

Another man who was in the parking lot and saw the robbery, told police that the SUV pulled up alongside the woman. The driver reached through his window and grabbed her purse, reports said. The man ran toward the SUV and punched the window trying to get the driver to stop.

The SUV peeled out of the lot and was last seen turning southbound on to Ridgeland Avenue. The man was able to provide police with the Illinois plate number. 

He described the driver as a male white, wearing a beige hooded sweatshirt over his head and a black scarf pulled up to his eyes so that it covered his face. The witness used the woman’s cell phone to call 911.

A Salvation Army bell ringer standing inside the south entrance to Jewel also told police he heard a scream and saw a tan SUV tearing westbound through the parking lot. Surveillance video later provided by the store’s management confirmed the victim’s and witnesses’ sequence of events.

Police said the woman at Jewel was not injured and refused medical attention. The driver got away with the woman’s credit cards and ID, and $400 in cash.

The tan SUV was spotted heading westbound on 87th Street. Patch readers reported on Saturday seeing the vehicle driving at a high rate of speed on the wrong side of the road. The driver was laying on the horn to move other traffic out of the way, while being pursued by several Oak Lawn squad cars.

Oak Lawn Police pursued the SUV into Burbank, and then called off the chase.

Minutes later, a man driving a similar vehicle pulled up next to a woman pumping gas at the Speedway at 7859 S. Harlem Ave. in Burbank. The driver got out of the stolen SUV and opened the passenger door, where the woman’s purse was laying on the front seat, the Burbank Beat reports.

A struggle ensured, but Burbank Police said that the man was able to grab the woman’s purse and re-enter the SUV. Burbank Police acknowledged that they believe the driver to be the suspect in vehicular hijackings which occurred earlier in the day, including the fatal accident involving the 11-year-old boy.

Shortly before 2 p.m., Alsip Police radioed Oak Lawn of a reckless driver in a tan SUV traveling northbound on Cicero Avenue at a high rate of speed. Oak Lawn police were able to connect the SUV to the purse snatching and the Chicago incidents.

The second vehicle said to be hijacked by Douglas in Chicago was found on the Interstate 294 ramp to I-88, the Chicago Tribune reports. A motorist stopped to help him, when Douglas took that driver's 2007 light blue Honda Accord, with the license plate X14477. The Honda is believed to be the car he was driving when caught at the McDonald’s on Tuesday.

READ, '11-Year-Old Boy on His Way for Christmas Haircut Killed by Speeding Carjacker'

Pat F December 24, 2013 at 02:55 PM
Justice would be to throw him in the general population and leak out he killed a child and beat up women to steal their purses....
Full Name December 24, 2013 at 03:26 PM
It's worth pointing out that he killed a black kid. His fellow inmates will be well aware of this and he will get the full treatment. Good.
Sir Thomas Dunning December 24, 2013 at 04:37 PM
I really hate the mob mentality and blood lust in these comments. Shall we all sit around on Christmas Eve thinking of ways to torture a fellow human being? Shame on all of you.
steven Jacobs December 24, 2013 at 05:01 PM
"ejected from the chevy"-no seatbelt? That is as stupid as it gets. As stupid as leaving a loaded gun around the house.
Ann Last December 24, 2013 at 05:52 PM
It's very sad that a child died, but had he been wearing a seat belt, it is unlikely he would have been killed when riding in a vehicle as substantial as his dad's Chevy Suburban. Please make sure children are properly restrained every time you travel. Two precious lives have been lost in the last few days in Chicago for want of a seat belt.
Greg Kovacich December 24, 2013 at 06:18 PM
Just another good reason to re-instate the death penalty!
Omar December 24, 2013 at 06:52 PM
A kid won't be opening his Christmas presents tomorrow because of this guy so no not at all ashamed about any ill will. Shame on you for your misplaced sympathy.
Kathleen Nugent December 24, 2013 at 08:41 PM
Can't have mercy for this man when it clearly shows he had none for the people he tragically offended. Lock him up anf throw away the key. That little boy harmed no one. Rip little one. And prayers to his family.
Dave December 24, 2013 at 08:52 PM
God bless Donovan Turnage!
Harvey Goodhart December 24, 2013 at 09:09 PM
There is little doubt that this punk is a real heroin addict. Also, there is little doubt that this punk has been arrested many, many times before. So thanks to all the judges who were so kind to him. His lawyer will talk about the abuse he took from his addicted mother.
BertH December 24, 2013 at 10:02 PM
Very nice comments. No racist comments. Like some people on the patch.
Ward McCreery December 24, 2013 at 11:57 PM
No racist rants are because of his whiteness!
Angela December 25, 2013 at 07:30 AM
This man is disgusting.
Mike December 25, 2013 at 08:50 AM
OLPD is useless - go back to standing with your hands in your pockets at the train station (while your car is staying warm). If the chase was called off for this guy, under what circumstances do they continue the chase? Or is it an attitude like, he's out of out town, let someone else deal with him?
American First December 25, 2013 at 08:52 AM
When the police caught him at McDonalds, they should have said, "You want some hollow points with that?" and unloaded!
Cindy Halpern December 25, 2013 at 09:23 AM
Anyone involved with the death of a child and shows no regard for the wrongdoing needs to be punished to the full extent of the law. No parole should ever be allowed. The criminals who take a young life must spend their lives in prison.
tojo December 25, 2013 at 10:50 AM
One more good reason not to let your child hang with the coloreds, where else do you think this guy learned this trick?
Bob Macfarlane December 25, 2013 at 11:01 AM
How do you punish someone like this and not be unconstitutional?
Mark Taylor December 25, 2013 at 11:09 AM
This is so sad, I hope he gets everything thrown at him for doing this. Surprised the poor child was thrown from the car, didn't the seat belt help him at all??
anthony December 25, 2013 at 04:16 PM
if you look at the guys facebook page ....he used to be happy go lucky...Has 202 friends How do you think they feel?These human conditions of decline must be avoided even if they get a free parachute..Just by sight they affect everyone.. The kid people think big cars are safer more room to fly more glass to break...not negligence... regret ...
hubert skilles December 25, 2013 at 08:33 PM
Rockie guy is drugged in the head. Let him sit in jail for many years.
Chuck Parker December 25, 2013 at 11:18 PM
death verdict for this scum
Don Bryan December 26, 2013 at 05:16 AM
Jail then Death
Robert Townsend December 26, 2013 at 12:03 PM
The boy was ejected from the vehicle. Not taking away any of this scumbags guilt but dad should have made the boy wear his seatbelt. Might be a different story today if he had.
Ben Novick December 26, 2013 at 12:07 PM
McDonalds gets in the news twice today, first for allegedly selling unhealthy food, and now for having an unhealthy person captured at their drive up window.
Michelle December 26, 2013 at 04:32 PM
No doubt about it this guy is slime and should put away for along time. My question is: Was the child wearing a seatbelt? It says he was ejected from the car which usually means he was not. If he wasn't then the parent has a bit of the responsibility in his son's death.
Dan Crabtree December 26, 2013 at 09:43 PM
One less democrat voter as he should be just starting his very leinent sentence about election time...Illinois and wisc have extremly liberal sentences for any crime.. and yes he has to be a democrat in either of these states.....come on now probably will walk about this time next year..
Dave W. December 26, 2013 at 11:36 PM
Sir Thomas Dunning...WINS for most misplaced compassion, his entire comment. tojo...WINS the most racist comment on the board...for his idiotic use of the term 'coloreds'. Dan Crabtree..WINS for most tone deaf to the actual issue by making the problem a political one where it never was. Thanks for writing in folks!
freddyp December 27, 2013 at 08:51 AM
To bad he did not resist, arrest. police could have finished him off..
Kelly Thomas December 30, 2013 at 03:55 PM
Christmas or not this man deserves everything that is coming his way...it's been a long time coming with multiple charges and cases dismissed. As a former victim of this monster I hope his ass rots in prison after very cruel punishment is received from his cell mates. So sad his fun times had to end in this little boys death...especially since the kid had more going for him at 11 yrs old than his absolute scum of a person was granted too long in the general public. Thoughts and prayers for the family. My heart breaks for you all. God bless that family and all other victims of this monster!

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