Police issued a community alert for the Uptown neighborhood early Tuesday after investigators linked two recent carjackings to the same offenders. A third incident is also believed to be related to the crimes, but the victim in that case did not file a police report.
In the first carjacking, two hijackers pushed and battered a food delivery driver in the 5000 block of North Kenmore around 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 15, according to a CPD report. The offenders took the man’s keys and drove away with his silver Toyota Corolla.
Then, at 2:14 a.m. Sunday, two men beat and carjacked a victim in the 4900 block of North Broadway, the alert said. The offenders fled with the man’s brown Toyota Scion.
About ten minutes later, another man called 911 after two suspected carjackers displayed a handgun and tried to open the doors of his car near Ainslie and Kenmore. The offenders could not get the doors open and then sped away in the car that was taken minutes earlier on Broadway, according to CPD records. However, police did not file a report for the carjacking attempt because the victim left the area.
A city license plate reader detected both cars traveling southbound on Lake Shore Drive at Chicago after each carjacking, records show. According to the alert, the suspects are two Black males between 18- and 20-years-old who stand 5’6” to 5’8” tall and weigh 140 to 160 pounds. They were wearing black and red hoodies.
Anyone with information about the crimes can contact Area Three investigators at 312-744-8263 about community alert #P21-3-053.