Dual gunmen strike again, carjacking woman in Loop

Police are investigating yet another armed carjacking in which two gunmen emerged from a silver SUV to hijack a vehicle in traffic. Thursday’s incident in the Loop follows two similar cases Saturday in Bucktown and Lincoln Park.

Around 2:45 Thursday morning, two gunmen got out of a silver SUV and approached a vehicle that was waiting for the red light on Ida B. Wells at State Street, according to Chicago police.

The offenders both displayed handguns and ordered the 28-year-old female driver and her male passenger out of the victims’ black 2019 Mercedes, a police spokesperson said. 

Both occupants of the Mercedes complied, and the carjackers sped away westbound with the car, followed by the SUV. Just ten minutes after the hijacking, CPD license plate readers detected the stolen car nearly five miles away in the Garfield Park neighborhood.

The carjacking closely resembles an attempted carjacking over the weekend in Lincoln Park and a successful hijacking about 90 minutes later in Bucktown.

Around 6:30 a.m. Saturday, a woman told police that two men got out of a silver vehicle while brandishing guns in an apparent carjacking attempt near the intersection of Clark and Fullerton in Lincoln Park. They pointed guns at her as she sat in traffic, and pulled on her door handles, but the woman managed to drive away.

Then, just after 8 a.m., a driver was carjacked by two offenders who got out of a silver Jeep that was stopped in front of him at a red light on North Avenue at the intersection of Milwaukee and Damen. Both gunmen got out of a silver Jeep that was stopped in front of the 38-year-old victim’s car.

The hijackers ordered the man out of his vehicle and drove off with the victim’s black 2019 Audi A5 followed by the silver Jeep.

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

The victims have consistently described the carjackers as two young Black males who stand 5’8” to 5’10” tall and wear masks. In each case, they worked with a third person who stayed in the silver SUV.

Late Saturday night, two men approached a driver while he sat in his car near Monroe and Wabash in the Loop and pointed a handgun at him. The driver stayed in his car, and the men ran into a nearby alley empty-handed. No vehicle was seen in that incident, however.

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