Loop: Carjacker crashes after being surprised by 2 passengers in back seat

The carjacker crashed into this Blue Line exit in the 300 block of South Dearborn. | Google

A car thief who stole an idling vehicle in the Loop late Tuesday night crashed into a Blue Line subway entrance moments later after he discovered that there were two people sitting behind him in the back seat, according to police and a witness on the scene.

The driver and front passenger stepped out of the Hyundai on the 400 block of South Dearborn around 11:15 p.m. while a man and a woman remained in the car’s back seat, police said. Moments later, a man jumped into the driver’s seat and sped northbound on Dearborn.

He didn’t get far. Police say the man crashed into the Blue Line station exit at 343 South Dearborn and then fled northbound on foot, leaving his stunned passengers behind. No one was seriously injured, police said.

ABC7 spoke with a woman who said she was one of the back seat passengers. Jasmine Brown told the station that she punched the carjacker, ripped off his shirt, and tried to throw the car into park.

The carjacker was described as a shirtless black male in his late teens or early 20’s with an afro hairstyle. Area Central detectives are investigating.

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