Armed carjackings reported minutes apart in Old Town, downtown Saturday evening

Police are investigating two armed carjackings that unfolded minutes apart on Saturday evening — one downtown and the other in Old Town.

In the first hijacking, a 34-year-old man was driving near the 600 block of North LaSalle when the driver of a white sedan bumped his car from behind around 8:48 p.m., according to a CPD report. The man, who lives in Lincoln Park, pulled over to exchange information with the other driver when a carjacker got out of the white sedan’s passenger seat and pointed a gun at him, the report said.

Police said the carjacker took the keys to the victim’s gray 2021 Audi Q5 and then ordered all of his passengers to get out, too. He then got into the SUV and sped away with the white car following behind. Cops found the car abandoned on the 200 block of East Walton around 6:15 a.m. Sunday.

The gunman was described as a Black male who’s about 17-years-old. He wore a white shirt and blue jeans. In a media statement, CPD said the carjacking took place in the 200 block of North LaSalle, but that conflicts with information in the report.

Just a couple of minutes later, around 8:50 p.m., two carjackers approached a man and took his 2019 Porsche Cayenne (photo) at gunpoint on the first block of West North Avenue in Old Town, police said. The victim, who is in his 40’s, said a female accomplice in an older-model white Honda CR-V may have followed the hijackers who took his car, according to police.

Police said the carjackers who confronted the victim are two Black males between 18- and 25-years-old. One wore a white t-shirt with light-colored pants and may have twists in his hair. The other wore a black t-shirt with black pants.

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