Tuesday carjackings: Off-duty cop hijacked in Kenwood; others targeted in West Loop, Edgewater

An off-duty Chicago police officer became the newest victim of the city’s carjacking free-for-all as she parked near her home in the Kenwood neighborhood Tuesday evening. Other hijackings were reported in the West Loop and Edgewater.

Police said four men got out of a red hatchback and carjacked a 38-year-old woman as she got out of her car in the 4400 block of South Oakenwald around 9:30 p.m. All four men displayed handguns as they took her phone and purse, then fled in her Lexus RX350.

CPD did not reveal that the woman is a Chicago cop, but police radio frequencies repeatedly broadcast details about the hijacking and said the victim was an off-duty officer. According to those bulletins, the offenders also got away with the woman’s firearm.

Police were told to be on the lookout for the carjackers, four Black men, including one who wore green jogging pants and another who wore Timberland boots.

Police found the Lexus abandoned later Tuesday night.

In Edgewater, two hijackers pointed a gun at a 29-year-old man as he locked his 2015 Subaru Crosstrek on the 1500 block of West Granville around 8:30 p.m., according to CPD.

They ordered him to hand over his keys, then drove away with the SUV, which was last seen heading southbound on Lake Shore Drive, police said.

Just after 10 p.m., a 39-year-old food delivery driver was thrown to the ground by a carjacker who stole his Subaru Forester in the 900 block of West Washington, police said. He was not seriously injured. Cops found his car crashed and abandoned less than an hour later.

The victim told police that the hijacker got out of a silver Chevy Equinox that pulled up behind him as he prepared to make a delivery.

Detectives are investigating all of the incidents. No arrests have been made.

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