16-Year-Old Charged in Relation to Car Theft, Shooting Death of 15-Year-Old

A Chicago teen is being held without bond after being accused of stealing a Lyft driver's car then driving it to a spot to kill another teen.

Police arrested Anthony Brown, 16, and have charged him as an adult with aggravated vehicular hijacking with a firearm and first-degree murder in death of 15-year-old Michael Brown, the Chicago Tribune reported. It was not immediately clear whether there is a relation between the two.

The report also said Anthony Brown already had two pending juvenile cases that were gun-related. Chicago's CBS 2 added that he was on electronic monitoring due to the charges already against him.

Another 15-year-old boy who has not yet been named was arrested in connection to the crime and is still in custody on charges of possession of a stolen motor vehicle, Cook County state's attorney's office spokeswoman Tandra Simonton told the Tribune.

At a Thursday hearing, prosecutors claimed Anthony Brown held a gun to the driver's head, ordered him out of his car and told him to leave his two cell phones and his wallet, according to CBS 2. They said GPS data from Brown's electronic monitoring device tracked his movements once he allegedly stole the car. Prosecutors added that when he spotted Michael Brown, a student at Chicago Military Academy at Bronzeville, walking home from school, he turned the car around to catch up with him.

Prosecutors said after catching up to Michael Brown, Anthony Brown stepped out of the car and shot him, adding that though Michael fell to the ground right away, Anthony allegedly fired another nine shots, CBS 2 reported. In total, Michael Brown was shot twice in the head, once in the chest and once in the shoulder, prosecutors said.

Anthony Brown was put on electronic monitoring via ankle bracelet for a week in June 2021 after "aggravated unlawful use of a weapon," CBS 2 added. After a December armed carjacking incident, he was put back on the monitor in January.

Police have not said what motive Brown might have had. Newsweek previously reported Michael Brown's mother had referred to him as a "generous" boy, with "behavioral issues" he was "trying to push through" after being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 2012.

According to Axios Chicago, Cook County saw over 1,000 homicides in 2021. The last time it had experienced a similar figure was in 1994. Citywide crime statistics from the first week of the month show the number of murders increased by 71 percent and motor vehicle thefts increased 53 percent compared to the same period in 2021.

The Chicago Police Department did not immediately respond to Newsweek's request for comment.

Update 02/10/22 6:05 p.m. ET: This story was updated to add more information.

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A 16-year-old has been arrested and accused of stealing a car and killing a 15-year-old. Above, a young man being arrested. Stock Image/Getty Images