2 gunmen carjack driver at bustling Wicker Park intersection, cops say

The early bird gets the worm. Or, in the case of Chicago’s out-of-control carjackers, the early birds get the Jeep and the Audi A5.

Police are investigating yet another armed carjacking that unfolded at one of the busiest intersections in the city on Saturday morning. No arrests have been made.

The victim told police he was stopped at a red light on North Avenue at the intersection of Milwaukee and Damen around 8:04 a.m. when two men got out of a silver Jeep that was stopped in front of them.

Both offenders displayed handguns and ordered the 38-year-old man to get out of his black 2019 Audi A5, said CPD spokesperson Officer Michael Carroll. The carjackers then sped away northwest on Milwaukee Avenue, followed by the Jeep.

Investigators believe the Jeep was also hijacked Saturday morning on the West Side, according to a source.

Police did not have any descriptions of the offenders.

Saturday morning’s carjacking is at least the seventh in Wicker Park and Bucktown since last weekend:

Early Friday, carjackers pulled a man from his car on the Jewel parking lot at 1341 North Paulina, beat him, and then drove away with his vehicle, according to CPD records. One man is in custody for that case. CWBChicago will post a story about the matter after Saturday’s bond court hearing.

On Tuesday, a Bucktown man was shot by robbers who tried to hijack his wife’s Porsche as she arrived home with their daughter from Midway Airport. The carjackers who shot the man pulled up to the scene in a red Audi that police believe they carjacked from a woman in Lakeview on Monday.

Last Sunday, two masked men tried to force her from her car on the 1600 block of North Ashland. But she sped away — and wound up crashing into a pole. The would-be carjackers ran to a vehicle that appeared to be waiting for them in a nearby alley. The woman was not seriously injured.

Three carjackings were reported last Saturday evening in about 20 minutes across the two neighborhoods.

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