Breaking: Snow-shoveling carjacking victim refuses to press charges — “they probably need a car”

A man who was carjacked at gunpoint while he shoveled out a parking space in West Town on Tuesday night is refusing to press charges in the case, according to Chicago police.

The victim “felt sorry for them” and felt that the four people Chicago police found riding around in his freshly-hijacked Lexus have had a rough life, according to a source.

He also reportedly told investigators that the hijackers probably just needed a car.

Police said the 28-year-old man was shoveling out a parking space in the 1400 block of North Cleaver around 11:40 Tuesday night when two men pulled up in a car and pointed a handgun at him. They took his money and car keys, then drove away with his Lexus, the man told cops.

At 1:20 a.m., police found the stolen car in traffic on the 5100 block of West Madison and pulled it over. Officers detained the four occupants: a 19-year-old man, a 19-year-old woman, a 15-year-old boy, and a 15-year-old girl.

No charges will be filed against any of them in connection with the matter because the victim refused to prosecute, police confirmed Wednesday morning.

The 19-year-old man, John Daniels of the South Shore neighborhood, is being detained on an outstanding warrant in a different matter, according to CPD.

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