Armed carjacking crew strikes in Lakeview, crashes, gets away

Passersby got an eyeful when a group of armed carjackers took a man’s rental car, crashed one of their tag-along vehicles, and then sped from the scene in Lakeview on Thursday afternoon. No injuries were reported, and no arrests have been made, police said.

The 28-year-old victim was parking when two vehicles pulled up next to him on the 3200 block of North Seminary around 3:25 p.m., Officer Ronald Westbrooks said. Two offenders, one of whom had a handgun in his waistband, ordered the man to leave his phone and keys inside his white Mustang and get out, according to Westbrooks. The man complied.

Both carjackers drove away with the Mustang, followed by accomplices in a stolen gray Nissan Altima and a black Honda Civic.

The Altima crashed into a curb on the 1000 block West School, forcing its driver to get out and escape in one of the two other cars, Westbrooks said. The cars were last seen heading south on Clark, and the victim’s phone was found near Newport and Clark, according to police.

Westbrooks said police tracked the stolen Mustang to the 1900 block of West Van Buren about 30 minutes after it was taken, but neither it nor the carjackers had not been located as of midnight.

The suspects are four Black men between 18- and 25-years-old who stand 5’10” to 6-feet tall and weigh 180 to 190 pounds, Westbrooks said. They wore blue rubber gloves and hoodies. The hijacked Mustang has New York license plates, and the Civic has Illinois plates that being with CY373, according to a CPD report.

Area Three detectives are investigating.

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