Man carjacked while shoveling out parking space; 4 in custody

Shoveling out a parking spot and then losing the space to another driver is bad. Shoveling out a parking spot and losing your car to hijackers while you do it — that’s Chicago.

And that’s exactly what happened to a 28-year-old man in the West Town neighborhood Tuesday night, police said. Four suspects are in custody.

Approximate location of the carjacking.

The victim was shoveling snow out of the street so he could park his Lexus ES300 on the 1400 block of North Cleaver when a carload of Chicago’s omnipresent hijackers rolled up around 11:40 p.m.

According to police, two men got out of the tan Ford Fusion, and one of them pointed a handgun at the victim while the other took money and car keys from his pockets.

One of the carjackers jumped into the victim’s blue sedan and drove away while the other offender followed behind in the Ford.

Around 1:20 a.m. today, police spotted the stolen Lexus on the 5100 block of West Madison in the Austin neighborhood. They pulled the vehicle over and detained four occupants: a 19-year-old man, a 19-year-old woman, a 15-year-old boy, and a 15-year-old girl, according to CPD.

Detectives are investigating the case. CWB will post an update if criminal charges are approved.

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