|Approximate locations of carjackings reported on Sunday evening (1) and early today (2).|
Police are investigating two carjackings reported just blocks apart in the Lincoln Park neighborhood on Sunday evening and early today. No one is in custody.
Most recently, a 29-year-old man told police that four black male teenagers forced him to open his vehicle’s door and get out of his car in the 2300 block of North Cleveland around 1 a.m.
One of the teens took the man’s gray Subaru Impreza with a license plate that beings with V930. The other three offenders fled the area in a dark colored SUV. The victim said thousands of dollars worth of surgical equipment was in the stolen car’s trunk.
The two cars were last seen heading east on Belden and then north on Lincoln Park West.
Earlier, a 48-year-old man was punched in the face and carjacked as he stood outside his vehicle in Lincoln Park on Sunday evening, police said.
The victim was standing near the rear of his vehicle in the 2100 block of North Lincoln Park West around 9:45 p.m. when three offenders pulled up in a stolen gray Dodge Journey bearing a license plate that begins with BB97, according to officers on the scene.
Two men exited the Journey and repeatedly punched the victim in the face before they took the keys to his 2015 Jeep Cherokee and drove away with it. The stolen car, which bears a license plate number beginning with Z252 and has Uber stickers in the windows, was last seen heading south on Lincoln Park West, according to the victim.
The offenders who got out of the car to confront the victim were both black males—one wearing a red hoodie and the other wearing a gray hoodie, the victim reported. A third man drove the stolen Dodge Journey.
Police said the victim was not seriously injured, and he declined ambulance services.
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