Suspect arrested in carjacking that left 11-year-old boy dead
BY BECKY SCHLIKERMAN Staff Reporter December 24, 2013 12:14PM
Rockie Douglas | Chicago Police photo
Updated: January 26, 2014 6:27AM
He may have wanted a Big Mac but he’s headed to the big house.
And now Rockie Douglas will eat his Christmas dinner behind bars.
Douglas, the suspect in a series of carjackings, including one that led to the death of an 11-year-old South Side boy, was captured Tuesday afternoon going through the drive-thru of a Milwaukee McDonald’s.
The 34-year-old subject of a manhunt by federal and local authorities, appeared to be driving the third car he hijacked after a crime spree that began last week in Chicago. In at least one of the carjackings, Douglas displayed a handgun, police said.
The felon had a woman in the car with him Tuesday as he apparently placed an order at the fast food restaurant on Milwaukee’s North Side.
Chicago Police said Douglas began a series of carjackings Chicago on Friday morning, when he allegedly stole a green Dodge Caravan on the North Side.
Police said they tried to pull him over in that van Saturday, but he fled and crashed into an SUV occupied by members of the Turnage family. The crash in Englewood killed 11-year-old Donovan Turnage and injured his father.
Douglas fled from the grisly scene and allegedly hijacked another car nearby, police said. That car broke down on a ramp that led from Interstate 294 to westbound Interstate 88, police said. A Good Samaritan attempted to help Douglas. Douglas then hijacked that driver’s Honda Accord. Douglas was apparently still driving that car when he was caught.
Donovan’s mom, Annette, found some solace in Douglas’s capture.
“I’m just happy now that we have some closure with them catching him,” she said.
She added: “I just want to thank everyone for the love and support they’ve given our family right now.”
Meanwhile, authorities in Illinois will seek to extradite Douglas. He’s facing charges in Cook, Lake and DuPage counties, authorities said.
Contributing: Jordan Owen and Jon Seidel