Clybourn Corridor carjacking among at least 5 on North, Northwest Sides yesterday

Chicago seems to be producing new carjackers faster than the city’s police can catch them. At least five vehicular hijackings were reported Thursday on the North Side and Northwest Side, including one on the bustling Clybourn Corridor shopping strip.

Around noontime, two men jumped out of a black Dodge Charger, pushed an Old Town woman against a wall, took her purse, and drove away with her Porsche SUV outside DSW, 901 West Weed Street.

According to a source, the hijacked luxury car was later found abandoned on the 7200 block of South Perry in the Grand Crossing neighborhood.

A bystander captured the carjacking on phone video. The suspects are two Black males between 18- and 24-years-old who wore masks, black hoodies, and dark pants.

Among yesterday’s other carjackings:

• Four armed men got out of a car and tried to take a woman’s vehicle as she drove near Foster and Melvina in the Jefferson Park neighborhood around 5:45 a.m. The woman leaned on her horn and sped away. She notified police after arriving at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Streeterville, where she was going to see her father.

• The same group is suspected of carjacking a man in Avondale about 30 minutes later. According to a CPD report, two carjackers got out of a dark car, displayed guns, and took the victim’s gray 2019 Toyota Corolla in the 3100 block of North Kimball. Another offender, believed to be a woman, drove the group’s getaway car, which may be a Honda CR-V. The victim said the two hijackers were Black males. One is about 5’5” and in his early 20’s. The other is about 5’11” tall and appeared to be in his early 30’s, according to the victim. Both had guns.

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