A carjacker took a driver’s SUV at gunpoint in Rogers Park on Thursday evening, police said. No arrests have been made.
The victim, a 28-year-old man, was parking near Arthur and Greenview when the gunman walked up and demanded his keys at gunpoint around 11 p.m., according to a CPD report. Police said the victim complied with the hijacker’s demands, and the offender drove away with his silver 2015 Honda CX-5. It was last seen heading westbound on Arthur Avenue.
According to the victim, the carjacker was a Black male in his teens who stands 6-feet to 6’2” tall. He reportedly wore a ski mask, a light-colored jacket and displayed a handgun with a blue laser sight attachment.
Thursday’s hijacking is at least the second in two days on the North Side.
Armed hijackers took a woman’s car in Lakeview on Wednesday evening, then managed to slip away from police after ditching the car on the city’s West Side less than an hour later.
In that case, two men displayed a handgun and demanded the woman’s valuables and her car as she stepped out of the 2014 Audi Q5 around 7:30 p.m. on the 3800 block of North Pine Grove, police said. Some people who saw the incident said accomplices might have followed the offenders in a white Volkswagen.
Carjacking reports have slowed since the city experienced a sharp surge between November and January, but vehicular hijackings are still being recorded at a much higher pace than last year, according to city data. CPD logged 99 carjackings during April, a 55% increase compared to the same month last year.