No cops: Woman carjacked in West Loop waits over an hour for police response

Armed carjackers took a woman’s vehicle as she drove to work in the West Loop on Saturday morning. Then, in a second affront, the victim had to wait more than an hour for a police response because the local CPD district had no officers available to handle her 911 call. 

The woman was driving on the 100 block of North Halsted when three armed men, two of whom brandished guns, ordered her out of her car around 5:50 a.m., according to initial information. All three hijackers were Black males who wore ski masks, she said.

They drove away eastbound with her black 2018 Infiniti Q50. According to an officer who reviewed surveillance footage of the hijacking, a black SUV that was apparently involved in the carjacking fled south on Halsted.

The woman called 911 immediately to report the carjacking. Then, she waited more than an hour for a police officer to arrive. She had so much time on her hands, she decided to walk to work and wait for CPD there.

According to police dispatch records, the Near West (12th) Police District did not have any officers available to handle calls at the time of the incident. A unit was finally assigned to handle the case at 6:49 a.m. 

CWBChicago reported last week that the 12th District has lost more than 16% of its manpower since April as CPD brass move district patrol officers to other units. 

Late Friday night, carjackers punched a woman in her face and sole her white Chevy Malibu near the intersection of Western and North avenues in Wicker Park. That incident unfolded around 11:40 p.m. The woman was not seriously injured. No further information was immediately available about the crime.

Vehicular hijacking reports have increased by over 125% this year when compared to 2019, according to city records. Sources familiar with CPD operations have told CWBChicago that the department does not have any coordinated plan to stop the crime wave.

Since CPD Supt. David Brown took office April 2, the department has significantly reduced staffing at every single police district across the city, including its most violent districts, according to Chicago’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG).

Most of the patrol officers have been reassigned to citywide teams that Brown created when he redesigned the department in July. Since then, carjackings have soared, and monthly murder counts have been significantly higher than in most recent years.

Exacerbating the districts’ staffing problems: CPD brass, still shellshocked from waves of looting this year, continue to reassign resources from districts across the city to babysit the downtown area.

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