Burbank Police believe a robbery which occurred at the Speedway, 7859 S. Harlem Ave., Saturday afternoon is linked to a suspect wanted in a string of carjackings and a collision that killed an 11 year-old Chicago boy.
Division Chief Mike Dudlo of the Burbank Police Department said the offender, driving a stolen car, pulled alongside another vehicle at the Speedway. While the driver was pumping gas, the offender opened the passenger door and tried to snatch her purse which was sitting on the front seat. A confrontation ensued in which the victim resisted but the offender was able to make off with the victim’s purse and fled the scene in the stolen car.
Burbank Police believe the offender to be the suspect that led authorities on a chase which started in Chicago Saturday afternoon. Chicago Police have identified the suspect as Rockie Douglas, 34, last known to live in Beach Park, Ill.
Around noon Saturday, Chicago police officers tried to pull over the van Douglas was driving. Police say Douglas sped off and ultimately crashed into another vehicle near the intersection of 55th and Halsted killing 11 year-old Donvan Turnage who was riding in the backseat of his father's car.
Douglas exited his wrecked van and carjacked another vehicle at gunpoint. He continued to elude police and although his exact route is not known, witnesses say Douglas led police on a chase through Evergreen Park, Oak Lawn, and Burbank before getting onto Interstate 294.
The vehicle Douglas was driving broke down near the ramp connecting I-294 and I-88 where Douglas carjacked a third vehicle. He was last seen fleeing westbound on Interstate 88 in the hijacked vehicle.
Burbank Police are assisting the Chicago Police Department in this on-going investigation and trying to locate the offender.