Urbana teen charged with vehicular hijacking
URBANA - A 16-year-old Urbana boy accused of robbing a woman of her car last week has been ordered held in the Juvenile Detention Center until a late August court hearing.
Champaign County State's Attorney Julia Rietz said the boy, an Urbana High School student, was charged Monday in juvenile court with vehicular hijacking for allegedly accosting a woman in the University of Illinois parking garage at 1201 W. University Ave., U, then stealing her car.
UI police said the woman was walking down the ramp of the garage about 7:10 a.m. Thursday when she was grabbed from behind and put in a chokehold. The attacker rummaged through her purse, stole her keys, then took off in her car. She was not seriously physically injured.
The car was located in Urbana on Saturday afternoon. The youth was one of four juveniles in the car and admitted he was the one who stole it.
Rietz said none of the others were arrested.
"He told his friends it was his aunt's car," she said.
The license plates on the Hyundai Sonata had been changed.
Judge Harry Clem ruled that it was a matter of immediate and urgent necessity that the youth be held and continued his case until Aug. 27.