A suspect in a string of weekend carjackings, including one that ended in a crash that killed an 11-year-old boy, has been arrested while waiting for food at a McDonald’s drive-thru in Milwaukee, authorities said.
Rockie Douglas, 34, was still in the Honda Accord he stole Saturday when he was arrested without incident this morning, authorities said. A woman was with him in the car, they said.
Douglas was tracked down after using credit cards he had stolen earlier this month in a purse-snatching from a woman in her 70s in Gurnee, authorities said.
“We developed information that he was on the north side of (Milwaukee),” Farrell said. “We were able to pin him in the drive-thru and keep him from fleeing again.”
Douglas was driving the blue Honda Accord he carjacked on the ramp from Interstate Highway 294 to the Reagan Memorial Tollway in Chicago’s western suburbs, Farrell said. He said a woman was inside the car with Douglas but Farrell didn’t know her relationship to him.
Douglas had been sought since Saturday when, driving a stolen car, he barreled into a Chevrolet Suburban and killed 11-year-old Donovan Turnage on the South Side, police said. Donovan, his brother and their father were out getting haircuts for the holiday, relatives said.
“We just spun,” said Donovan’s brother, Derrick Turnage, 20, who was also in the Suburban. “And my father was hollering … ‘Where is Donovan?’ And I looked back, and I reached for his coat, but he was nowhere in the back.”
Then they saw Donovan sprawled on the curb, Derrick said. “I held his head, and I looked him in his eye. I already (could) tell he drifted away right there,” he said.
A police source said authorities believe Douglas embarked on a carjacking spree that began about 11:20 a.m. Friday on the North Side, when he allegedly forced a woman out of a green Dodge minivan at a gas station along West Irving Park Road.
About noon on Saturday, officers responded to a 911 call of a suspicious vehicle at 51st and Halsted streets in the Back of the Yards neighborhood, another police source said. When officers identified the vehicle as the one that had been carjacked the day before, they tried to approach it, but the driver sped away, authorities said.
Chicago police stopped pursuing the driver once he entered the Dan Ryan Expressway about a mile away. He again drove in the wrong direction, heading north in the southbound lanes, police sources said.
But then, according to the chain of events described by authorities, the SUV broke down on a ramp from I-294 to the Reagan Memorial Tollway. A concerned motorist tried to help the man, later identified by police as Douglas, police said.
Douglas allegedly then forced his way into that person’s vehicle, a 2007 Honda Accord. Chicago police said Douglas might still be driving that light blue, four-door Honda bearing Illinois license plate X144777.
Douglas, whom police said had displayed a blue steel handgun during at least one of the carjackings, was last seen fleeing in the Honda west on the Reagan Tollway.
Source: Chicago Tribune