Gunman hijacks Amazon truck near Gold Coast — charges pending

An Amazon delivery truck was hijacked at gunpoint Wednesday afternoon on the Near North Side. But, unlike a similar Amazon hijacking attempt in Lakeview on Saturday, the latest robbery ended with an arrest. Charges are pending.

Police were called to the 1100 block of North LaSalle after a gunman targeted the 44-year-old Amazon courier around 12:30 p.m., according to CPD Officer Steve Rusanov.

The driver told officers he was getting ready to step out of his truck with a delivery when the hijacker entered the vehicle and forced him out at gunpoint, Rusanov said. After the driver stepped out, the hijacker drove away with his truck.

Cops found the truck abandoned a short distance away.

Around 1 p.m., several 911 callers reported that a man was trying to enter cars at a gas station on the 300 block of West Chicago. The suspect in that case was wearing green shoes — a distinctive detail that the Amazon driver included in his description of the hijacker.

Police went to the service station and took the man into custody. He was later identified as the hijacker by the Amazon worker, Rusanov said.

Charges are pending.

On Saturday afternoon, two men tried to hijack an Amazon delivery truck in the 800 block of West Fletcher in Lakeview. The offenders displayed a handgun and demanded the 25-year-old’s property and control of her truck, according to Officer Roberto Garduno.

But that Amazon driver had another idea: She stepped on the gas and crashed into the passenger side of the robbers’ silver Nissan Maxima. The offenders reportedly gave up, got back into their car, and fled south on Sheffield.

No one was arrested in the Lakeview case, but the victim described the robbers as a White male and a Black male who’s in his mid- to late-20’s.

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