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GRPD Chief releases more details in armed carjacking, potential charges against teen suspects

During the pursuit, police say a GRPD cruiser was hit, but the officer inside the vehicle was not injured.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids Police arrested three suspects accused of an armed carjacking on the city's west side late Thursday afternoon. 

GRPD Chief Eric Winstrom shared more details regarding the carjacking, and how it could have turned deadly.

The initial car-jacking attempt took place around 4 p.m. near Quarry Avenue and Webster Street, authorities said.

13 ON YOUR SIDE learned that two 17-year-old girls were sitting in their SUV looking through their GPS when the four suspects approached their vehicle with a gun, demanding money.

Police say when they were unsatisfied with the amount of money the girls gave, they wanted the car. The suspects got inside and held a gun to driver's head, forcing her to drive. They drove to a secluded area and forced the victims out. They went to a nearby building to call 911. 

The car was later used to t-bone a GRPD cruiser at a high rate of speed.

All suspects took off on foot following the crash. Two of them attempted to hide inside an apartment building but did surrender to police. A third suspect was taken into custody a few blocks away on Bridge Street. 

Chief Winstrom says two of the suspects are 16 and one is 17. They are expected to be charged with carjacking and kidnapping.

13 ON YOUR SIDE obtained video from a doorbell camera that appears to show the pursuit.

Police believe there may be another suspect still on the loose, but have not been able to locate them yet.

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