Chicago police are on the hunt for a carjacking and robbery crew that struck three times on Sunday evening and early Monday in on the Near West and Near South Sides, according to an alert from CPD detectives.
In the first hold-up the three-man team robbed two people around 8:26 p.m. in the first block of East Cermak.
The victims, a 45-year-old man and a 43-year-old woman, were walking from a restaurant to their car when two offenders got out of a black four-door sedan parked behind them and demanded their property, said Officer Michelle Tannehill, a CPD spokesperson.
Just a couple of minutes later, the crew carjacked a man in the 800 block of West Maxwell. The driver told police two men pointed a gun at him and took control of his 2016 Dodge Journey. They were accompanied by a third offender who drove a red Saturn SUV, he said.
Finally, the men tried to rob a victim in the 100 block of East 14th Street around 12:56 a.m. Monday, according to police. The intended victim told police that two men got out of a car, pointed a gun at him, and tried to rob him, but they did not get anything.
A CPD license plate reader detected the hijacked Dodge Journey on Lake Shore Drive near Irving Park Road around 2 p.m. Monday, but police could not catch up with the vehicle.
According to the community alert, the crew consists of three Black males with the primary offender between 15- and 26-years-old. He wore black pants, a black hoodie and a black mask, police said.
Anyone with information about the crimes can contact Area Three detectives at 312-744-8263 regarding pattern P21-3-035.