The Illinois State Police said they were working with Chicago police and federal law enforcement officials in the search for 34-year-old Rockie Douglas, last known to live in Beach Park.
Douglas' carjackings began around 11:20 a.m. Friday, State Police said, when he forced a driver out of a green minivan in the 800 block of West Irving Park Road. The next day around noon, officers attempted to pull Douglas over in the first stolen vehicle, which police say he crashed into a Chevy Suburban in the 5500 block of South Halsted.
That crash killed 11-year-old Donovan Turnage and injured his father. Douglas fled and carjacked another vehicle nearby. That vehicle broke down on a ramp from Interstate 294 to westbound Interstate 88, police said. A concerned motorist tried to help Douglas, police said, who then forced his way into that person's vehicle, a 2007 Honda Accord. Douglas may be driving that light blue, 4-door Honda bearing Illinois license plate X144777, Chicago Police said in a news release.
Douglas, whom police said had displayed a blue steel handgun during at least one of the carjackings and is wanted in a series of crimes from Chicago into Wisconsin, was last seen fleeing in the Honda westbound on I-88. Douglas is a white man, standing about 6-foot-3 and weighing about 275 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. His last known address was in the 12700 block of Major Avenue in Beach Park.
Family members of Donovan Turnage said Sunday that the boy, his brother and their father were out getting haircuts, a family holiday ritual, when the crash happened.
Donovan felt he could share anything with his father, said Richard Miller, the boy's cousin.
“If I had no one to talk to, that's who I would talk to,'” Miller recalled Donovan saying about his dad.
Donovan, a fifth-grader at Morrill Math & Science School, was in the back seat as his father drove him and his brother to get haircuts, Miller said. Donovan was thrown through a window during the crash.
Donovan and another passenger in the Suburban were taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center, where Donovan was pronounced dead at 1:35 p.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner's office. Police could not provide the age or condition of the other passenger, a man, as of Sunday afternoon.
Sunday morning, family members remembered Donovan as an articulate, outgoing child who loved technology — so much so that they could not imagine him doing anything with his life but one day working with computers.
“He was ahead of his time,” said Miller, listing all the times his cousin explained to his relatives how to use different devices, including cellphones and video game systems.
Donovan spent just as much time helping neighbors as he did his family, walking their dogs and carrying their groceries, according to family members. Miller said his cousin even volunteered his time to help out with a neighbor's business.
Donovan took the most pride in his schoolwork, according to family members. He recently came home with a he won for being the “most improved student.”
“He could hold a conversation whether you were an adult or not,” recalled Barbara Hicks, Donovan's aunt.
Family members said they cannot imagine Christmas without what Miller called their “mascot.”
“It just won't be the same,” Hicks said.
Anyone who sees Douglas is asked to call 911, and anyone with information about him or the Accord is asked to call Area Central detectives at 312-747-8380 or Illinois State Police at 630-241-6800.
Tribune staff contributed.