Two roommates were carjacked and robbed at gunpoint near their home in Lincoln Park on Monday evening, according to Chicago police. The crime is the latest hold-up in the Town Hall (19th) Police District, which is seeing a surge in robberies this month.
Monday’s victims were getting out of their SUV in the 2500 block of North Sheffield when two men walked up and pointed a gun in their faces around 10 p.m., according to a CPD report. The robbers demanded the victims’ property and car keys then drove away with the SUV.
Both men, ages 25 and 27, fled to their nearby home and called police. They were not injured, according to CPD spokesperson Karie James.
The gunman, a Black male who stands about 6-feet tall, was wearing a black and red hoodie, according to the victims. The other robber was a slightly shorter Black male who wore a black hoodie, they said. They were last seen heading northbound on Sheffield with the victims’ car, a white 2020 Infiniti SUV.
Area Three detectives are investigating.
Chicago police issued a community alert over the weekend to warn Town Hall Police District residents about a crime pattern that involves a group of unarmed robbers who have committed at least eight hold-ups in the Lakeview, North Center, and Lincoln Park neighborhoods over the past two weeks.
The alert did not include at least 10 additional robberies that were reported around the area during the same time period, many of which included the use of handguns.