Man carjacked outside Thompson Center

Police at the scene of the carjacking on Monday. | Provided

A man was carjacked in the heart of the Loop Monday afternoon just moments after he dropped his wife off to get her driver’s license renewed at the Thompson Center, according to police and a witness. So far, no one is in custody.

Police said a 31-year-old man was in his car on the 100 block of North Clark when the offender ordered him out of the vehicle at 2:18 p.m. As the victim exited the driver’s seat, the carjacker got into the back seat, then climbed behind the wheel and drove away southbound, according to a police spokesperson.

Taken was a silver 2015 S550 Mercedes bearing a license plate that begins with S678.

“He had dropped his wife off to get her license,” the witness told CWBChicago, adding that the carjacker grabbed the victim’s phone and threw it out of the car before speeding away. That move may have been an effort to keep police from tracking the vehicle down.

If so, the effort to avoid detection was only partially successful.

Police license plate recognition technology detected the stolen car in Humboldt Park less than 20 minutes after it was stolen.

Update: The victim contacted CWBChicago following publication of our report.

“The incident occurred on the southeast corner of Washington and Clark, across the street from the Daley Center,” he said. “The carjacker first entered the passenger seat behind the driver seat, with a blunt metal object in his hand, and demanded I start driving — as if he wanted to take me hostage.”

“I immediately jumped out of the car and sought help from nearby pedestrians. That’s when he got into the driver seat and drove off,” the man said.

“I’ve shared this story with a few attorneys and judges. They are all shocked at how close to home this incident was.”

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