Two teenagers were killed after police said they crashed a stolen vehicle in Minneapolis. Three others were seriously hurt.
It all started when a Mercedes SUV was reported stolen in an armed carjacking in the area of 12th Street and Fremont Avenue in Minneapolis around 6 p.m. Wednesday, according to a Robbinsdale Police Department news release and media reports.
Hours later, at about 2:24 a.m. on Thursday, police in Robbinsdale spotted the stolen vehicle and attempted to stop it near County Road 81 and Abbott Avenue, but the suspects fled, the release said.
Officers pursued the vehicle, with the chase continuing into Minneapolis, where the driver crashed at the intersection of Hayes Street Northeast and Northeast Lowry Avenue, Minneapolis police told Bring Me The News.
Robbinsdale police's preliminary investigation indicates the driver lost control and crashed. The force of the crash split the SUV in half, photos from the scene show.
There were five juveniles in the vehicle. One teenager died at the scene and the four others were taken to the hospital, where a second person died. The other three teens are being treated for "substantial, non-life-threatening injuries," the release said.
"This is an unfortunate incident for all involved," police said.
Capt. John Kaczmarek with Robbinsdale Police Department told KARE 11, "Carjackings have been on the rise, I think everyone knows that, even in the western suburbs we’ve had an increase in carjackings, violent carjackings. Obviously, we attempt to stop those individuals from performing those."
Robbinsdale police continue to investigate the incident with help from the Minnesota State Patrol, the Minneapolis Police Department and the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office.
Note: Some of the details provided in this story are based on the police’s latest version of events, and may be subject to change.