Armed carjackers strike in Lincoln Park — as local alderman wraps up anti-carjacking webinar

Maybe Lincoln Park Alderman Michele Smith (43rd) oughta hold off on hosting any more carjacking webinars.

Less than two hours after she began an online forum Tuesday evening about the city’s hijacking scourge, a man was carjacked at gunpoint in her ward.

The intersection of Halsted and Willow streets in Lincoln Park | Google

Smith announced the meeting in an email around 5 p.m. on January 15. Within two hours, her ward racked up two more armed carjackings.

At 7:40 Tuesday evening — about 100 minutes after Smith settled in for her online presentation — a carjacker pointed a handgun at 34-year-old man’s head and hijacked his 2018 Range Rover on the corner of Halsted and Willow streets, according to a CPD report.

The victim told police he was walking back to his SUV when the offender and an accomplice hijacked him.

He said the gunman is a Black male who wore a white surgical mask and a light-colored sweatshirt. The accomplice is a maskless Black male who wore a black sweatshirt with the letters “ACE” on the back. They were last seen heading northbound on Halsted in the victim’s vehicle.

Within two hours of Smith’s January 15 announcement, armed hijackers took a woman’s Chrysler 300 in the 1100 block of West Montana and a man’s Audi Q5 in the 400 block of West Roslyn Place.

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