Three teenagers are in custody after a woman was carjacked while parking in her Rogers Park garage Wednesday evening, according to police.
Four offenders walked into the woman’s garage on the 7700 block of North Marshfield moments after she pulled in around 10:45 p.m., police said. They reportedly ordered the 21-year-old driver and her female passenger out of the Toyota RAV4 while one hijacker displayed a handgun.
The crew took property from the victims’ pockets as well as a purse, climbed into the SUV, and struck the side of the garage while backing out, according to the victims. Then, the hijackers sped away. Neither victim was injured.
A woman who lives near the robbery scene called 911 after the victims pounded on her back door while asking for help.
Police used GPS tracking and the city’s surveillance camera network to locate the stolen SUV on the 2300 block of West Jackson shortly after midnight, according to a CPD report. Police moved in on the vehicle and arrested two 16-year-old girls and a 15-year-old boy who were inside the car. Charges are pending.
There are signs that hijackings may be increasing again. CPD recorded 73 carjackings this month through last Wednesday. If that pace continues, the city will see 119 cases in May. That compares to 98 last month and 96 in May of last year, the city data showed.
This week, police arrested a 15-year-old boy who is now charged with carjacking a man at gunpoint in Uptown on May 19.