Uber driver foils armed carjacker in Streeterville

Approximate location of the carjacking attempt. | Google

An armed carjacker’s plans were foiled early Monday when his victim disabled the vehicle in Streeterville, according to an alert issued by Northwestern University Police.

The would-be victim is an Uber driver who stepped out of their car to drop off a passenger on the 200 block of East Superior at 12:09 a.m. according to the alert. CPD dispatch records show a 911 call about the incident was made from Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

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“When the driver was re-entering the vehicle, a man approached, who lifted his shirt to display a black handgun tucked in his waistband and demanded the vehicle,” Northwestern police said.

The driver got out of their car, but they took their key with them.

“The suspect entered the vehicle and realized that it was immobilized, then ran from the area,” according to the alert.

Northwestern police said the offender is a black male between 35- and 40-years-old who stands 6’1” tall and weighs 240 pounds. He was last seen running westbound on Chicago Avenue from Fairbanks Court wearing a black jacket, white shirt, dark jeans, and red shoes. 

Chicago police are leading the investigation, the alert said, but information about the case may also be shared with Northwestern University Police at 847-491-3456.

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