5 in custody after carjacking attempt outside Loop hotel

The Hotel Allegro, 171 West Randolph | Google

Update November 24, 10:55 a.m. — Chicago police said the offenders are four 16-year-old boys and a 15-year-old girl. Prosecutors charged each of them with felony attempted vehicular hijacking. One of the males is also charged with felony aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. The other three males are also charged with misdemeanor battery.

Five juveniles beat and threatened to shoot a driver during a carjacking attempt outside a Loop hotel Monday evening, police said.

The victim, a 32-year-old visitor from Las Vegas, was attacked as he sat in his 2020 Dodge Challenger rental car with a passenger outside Hotel Allegro 171 West Randolph, around 5:14 p.m., according to CPD and a witness.

Four juvenile males and a juvenile female opened his front door and one of the offenders pointed a handgun at the driver’s chest, police said. They then struck him in the head and chest while demanding his car.

But the victim fought back and refused to give up the vehicle. All five offenders then got into his car and began choking, hitting, and biting the driver, according to a CPD statement.

When the man’s passenger intervened, the group punched him in the face repeatedly.

Passersby yelled for police and the offenders ran from the scene.

Cops found the group on the 100 block of West Lake and took them all into custody. Police said the gun appears to be a BB gun or replica firearm. Neither victim required medical attention.

Charges are pending.

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