West Town: Carjackers strike twice in 90 minutes early Friday, police say

Police are investigating two carjackings that unfolded in about 90 minutes in West Town early Friday. No arrests have been made.

First, two hijackers — one armed with a knife, the other armed with a gun — demanded a man’s car keys as he exited his vehicle on the 1700 block of West Huron around 1:25 a.m., CPD spokesperson Karie James said. The victim complied, and the men drove away with his black Chevy Trailblazer. He said the carjackers were two Black men in their early- to mid-20’s. One wore all black clothing and one wore a gray t-shirt.

About 45 minutes later, patrol officers spotted a stolen Dodge Durango in traffic near Armitage and the Kennedy Expressway. The officers reported that some occupants of the Durango were wearing ski masks, but they did not pursue the vehicle, and it drove away.

At 2:39 a.m., a man was standing outside a business on the 1900 block of West Chicago when two men walked up with a handgun and demanded his keys, James said. He followed their orders and the men drove away eastbound on Chicago Avenue with his 2017 Honda Civic.

James said the carjackers in the second case were two Black males who wore all black clothing.

Area Three detectives are investigating Friday’s hijackings.

Carjacking reports have increased every month since March, according to the city’s data. There were 83 hijackings citywide that month, 98 in April, and 111 in May. Through June 12, this month was on-pace to record 120 cases. January 2021 had 215 hijackings — more than any month in the 20-year history of Chicago’s publicly available crime data.

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