Women carjacked in Lakeview; Cops warn of similar crimes in Avondale

Two women were robbed and carjacked Thursday night in the Lakeview neighborhood, police said. Meanwhile, police issued a community alert after two carjackings were recently reported in the Avondale neighborhood.

Lakeview carjacking

Police said two women, both age 26, were carjacked around 11:30 p.m. Thursday on the 1900 block of West Nelson, near Hamlin Park. The victims were sitting in a parked car when a man walked up to the driver’s side of the vehicle and said he was lost.

He then pointed a handgun at the women, told them to get out of the car, and took their valuables, CPD spokesperson Sally Bown said. After the women complied, the gunman and a second offender got into their gold Honda Accord and fled southbound on Damen Avenue. The women were not injured.

The victims described the gunman as a younger Black man with dreadlocks who wore a light blue hoodie. Area Three detectives are investigating the case.

Avondale carjacking alert

Area Five detectives issued a community alert to warn Avondale residents about two armed carjackings that took place in under 30 minutes last Thursday, July 30. Those crimes took place just two blocks apart.

First, two men approached a man who was sitting in a car in his garage on the 2700 block of North Spaulding at 11:35 p.m. One of the carjackers knocked on the victim’s vehicle, and the man ran away when he realized what was happening.

Police said the robbers were two Black men between 18- and 25-years-old. One is 6-feet tall and 250 pounds with a fade hairstyle. The other is about 5’7” tall and 150 pounds, police said.

In the second case, two men forced victims out of a vehicle at gunpoint and robbed them of their personal belongings on the 2900 block of North Spaulding at 11:54 p.m., according to the alert. The offenders then got into the victims’ car and drove away.

Police described those offenders as:

  • a Black male, 20- to 26-years-old, 5’10 to 5’11” tall, 170-180 pounds, short black hair
  • a Black male, 21- to 27-years-old, 5’8” tall, 200 pounds, short black hair

Anyone with information about the Avondale carjackings can contact Area Five detectives at 312-746-7394 regarding crime pattern P20-5-031.

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