The 19th police district, which recorded three carjackings in all of 2015, managed to rack up three carjackings just last week—and a source says some of the suspects are responsible for trying to carjack a covert police narcotics unit in the West Ridge neighborhood, too. No one is in custody.
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It all started last Monday evening when a woman who drives for Lyft and Uber was pushed to the ground and robbed of her car by a man who claimed to have a gun near Sheridan Road and Pine Grove.
Jacked In Roscoe Village
Almost exactly 24 hours later, a Roscoe Village au pair was talking to a friend in his car near Damen and School when three men approached the couple, produced a handgun, and demanded that they surrender the vehicle, according to a source.
The three offenders—described only as three white or Hispanic men in their early- to mid-20’s—drove off in the man’s silver Jeep Cherokee. One of the robbers covered the lower half of his face with a mask, the victims said.
Officers in the neighboring 17th district spotted the Jeep at a gas station near Foster and Kimball about two hours after the incident, but the offenders managed to slip away, police said.
A source tells CWB Chicago that an on-duty narcotics officer working in the 6100 block of N. Mozart broke cover after three men approached his covert vehicle and stuck a 9-millimeter handgun in his face during an attempted carjacking around 7PM on Thursday.
Tellingly, all three offenders were later seen jumping into a silver or gray Jeep Cherokee, the source said.
The targeted officer described the offenders as clean-shaven Middle Eastern men between 18- and 22-years-old. The one who brandished the gun is thin. He wore blue jeans and is about 5’6” tall. One of the others is described as “really fat.”
The undercover hold-up attempt is listed along with the Roscoe Village carjacking in a newly-released police crime pattern alert.
Closer To Home
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Around 3:20AM Saturday, a 19-year-old man was reportedly beaten and carjacked by three men who brandished a handgun at the intersection of Addison and Lake Shore Drive.
A tow truck driver who was waiting for police to arrive for a hit-and-run traffic crash (photo) saw the carjacking unfold, according to a source.
The suspects in Saturday’s incident are described as two Hispanic men and one black man. They fled southbound on Inner Lake Shore Drive in the victim’s white Saturn Vue. The victim was treated for his injuries and released.