Off-Duty Cop Carjacked Outside Bucktown School During Recess

An off-duty Chicago police detective was carjacked at gunpoint in Bucktown this morning and the local alderman said it happened while school kids were enjoying recess nearby.

Drummond School students were on recess when the off-duty cop was carjacked on the corner, an alderman said.

The 43-year-old cop was sitting in his car in the 1900 block of North Wolcott when two masked offenders approached him and demanded his car at gunpoint around 11:30 a.m., police said.

After gaining control of the man’s 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee, the robbers fled westbound and then south on Damen, according to witnesses.

The off-duty officer’s police body armor vest, two loaded 9-millimeter magazines, and police-related paperwork were in the car when it was taken, according to an alert issued on police radio frequencies citywide. The officer’s gun was reportedly not taken.

Alderman Scott Waguespack (32) this afternoon tweeted that the carjacking took place while recess was underway at Drummond Montessori Magnet School.

“People are going thru the roof and rightly so,” Waguespack said tonight. “It happened right as kids came out for recess.”

The stolen Jeep is black and has an Illinois plate that begins with Q444, police said.

Witnesses said the offenders were two black male teens wearing overalls and hoodies. A source said the robbers’ faces were covered with ski masks and at least one of them was wearing camouflage clothing.

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