Carjackings in Lincoln Park, Wicker Park, and West Town on Thursday

Armed carjackings were reported during daylight hours Thursday in Wicker Park and Lincoln Park, police said. Two more cases were reported in West Town. No arrests have been made.

In Wicker Park, a 30-year-old man was carjacked at 7:25 a.m. as he sat in his vehicle on the 1400 block of North Ashland — steps from the local alderman’s office, according to Chicago police.

Three offenders walked up to the car and one of them ordered the driver out of his white 2013 Toyota Corolla at gunpoint. The victim complied and the hijackers headed northbound in the man’s car, police said.

Less than 15 minutes later, the offenders tried to carjack another victim near the intersection of Grand and Leavitt in West Town. Their efforts failed, but the would-be victim gave police their license plate number. It matched the plate on the Toyota that was hijacked on Ashland.

Then, at 3:48 p.m., a gunman carjacked and robbed a 52-year-old woman as she returned to her parked car in the 800 block of West Armitage in Lincoln Park, according to CPD Officer Steve Rusanov.

He was last seen heading westbound on Armitage in the woman’s black Land Rover. A CPD license plate reader detected the stolen car traveling through the loop about 15 minutes later.

Back in West Town, a 50-year-old woman was carjacked at gunpoint on the parking lot of St. Mary’s Hospital, 2233 West Division, at 6:08 p.m.

Rusanov said the woman dropped her keys and ran from the parking lot after one of the hijackers pointed a handgun at her. When she returned to the lot a short time later, her white 2014 Land Rover was gone, he said.

Police did not release descriptions of any suspects. Detectives are investigating all of the reports.

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