Armed carjacking reported outside Willis Tower; second man robbed nearby

A driver was carjacked outside Willis Tower around 6:30 Wednesday morning, police said. Then, the armed men robbed another victim about a block away.

“I arrived at the building for work a few minutes ago, stopped into Starbucks and the workers were shaken up,” a witness told us. “I asked what was wrong and they informed me that around 6:30 someone was carjacked at gunpoint at the front entrance.”

The 31-year-old victim was sitting in his car outside the former Sears Tower, 233 South Wacker, when a vehicle pulled up and two men got out. The offenders forced his door open, pointed a large black handgun at his forehead, and ordered him to hand over his phone and surrender control of his car, according to police.

The victim complied, and the hijackers drove away with his gray 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander with the second vehicle following behind. The victim leased the car from Lyft, but it was not clear if he was working for the rideshare company at the time of the hijacking.

Moments later, a black Dodge Journey rolled up on a 27-year-old man as he walked in the 300 block of West Van Buren. An offender jumped out of the passenger side, knocked the man to the ground, and took his keys and wallet, according to a CPD report. The victim had just walked out of a nearby parking garage when the attack unfolded.

Some witnesses reported that the carjackers arrived outside Willis Tower in a Dodge Journey, according to information from the scene.

Area Three detectives are investigating both crimes.

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