Old Town: Man run over by carjacker Thursday evening

Approximate location of Thursday’s carjacking in Old Town.

A 35-year-old man was run over by a carjacker who stole his vehicle in the Old Town neighborhood on Thursday evening. No one is in custody. It was at least the third carjacking to be reported in Lincoln Park since last Friday.

Police said the man pulled his 2016 Subaru onto the 200 block of West Eugenie to load his wife and child into the car shortly after 10 p.m. Before the victim could put the child into the car, a man entered his vehicle and tried to drive away. The victim confronted the thief and tried to pull him out of the car, but he lost his footing, slipped, and fell to the pavement, police said. The carjacker then ran over the victim and continued eastbound on Eugenie. Police described the offender as a black male who stands 5’6” to 5’8” tall, weighs 130- to 140 pounds, and has a short hairstyle.

Police said the man was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital where his condition was stabilized. The victim’s car was later found abandoned, according to police.

The Old Town incident was the second carjacking to be reported on the North Side yesterday evening.

Around 8:20 p.m., a female Lyft driver reported being carjacked near Wrigley Field. She told police that she was sitting in her car in the 3700 block of North Wilton when two men opened her driver’s side door, removed her seatbelt, and told her to get out. She complied, and the offenders sped off eastbound on Grace Street with her vehicle, police said. Taken was a silver 2017 Toyota Carolla bearing license plate ZX85878. The offenders were described only as black males.

At least two other carjackings have been reported in Lincoln Park since late last week.

On Monday, a Lakeview man was carjacked in a similar manner as he sat in his vehicle in the 2700 block of North Lake Shore Drive near the Diversey Harbor driving range. That man’s vehicle was later recovered on the South Side.

Last Friday, a man was in the 2700 block of North Wilton near the intersection with Schubert Avenue when two offenders approached him, demanded his car, and repeatedly beat him.
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