Union Pacific Train Stopped During July 5 Police Chase

Thursday, July 5, 2018 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

At least three suspects wanted for an alleged armed robbery of cell phones on July 5 led area police on a chase that resulted in a train on the Union Pacific line coming to an unanticipated stop. The incident happened just after 2:30 p.m.

According to emergency dispatch records, police officers from multiple suburbs in Proviso Township, including Berkeley, Bellwood and Melrose Park, started chasing a 2005 Chevy Impala that was coming from a reported armed robbery that happened somewhere on North Avenue.

The stolen cell phones had tracking devices that revealed the location of the Impala, records show.

The suspects eventually led police into the Union Pacific rail yard, underneath the 25th Avenue overpass, where one suspect — a male black with a beard and no shirt on at the time of the chase — exited the vehicle and jumped into a nearby creek.

Another suspect was driving the car on the tracks while authorities were trying to get an oncoming train to stop, which it eventually did.  As of 3 p.m., according to the dispatch, three suspects were still at large.

Police in Bellwood and Melrose Park, along with Union Pacific officials, could not be reached on Thursday evening for comment. VFP

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