Woman carjacked at gunpoint in Ravenswood, as hijacking reports climb

Update 9:15 a.m. July 28 — CPD announced this morning that a 16-year-old boy has been charged with trying to carjack an off-duty police officer in Uptown on Sunday. He is also charged with committing two carjackings in Albany Park earlier this summer. He is not charged with any other cases in this story, but police said he was arrested in West Rogers Park.

A carjacker took a woman’s SUV at gunpoint in Ravenswood on Tuesday morning, police said. The details of the hijacking are similar to at least nine other cases that have been reported in the area in recent days.

Officer Steve Rusanov, a CPD spokesperson, said the 26-year-old woman was sitting in her parked car on the 1800 block of West Winnemac when the carjacker walked up around 5:35 a.m. The hijacker pulled a gun and ordered the woman out. She complied and was not injured, Rusanov said..

Her white Infiniti EX37 was last seen heading eastbound on Winnemac. The carjacker was described as a Black male who’s about 20-years-old. He wore a red hoodie and black pants.

Earlier Tuesday, a 47-year-old man was carjacked at gunpoint as he sat in a minivan on the 2900 block of West Jarvis.

Several other armed carjackings that targeted people as they sat in parked cars have been reported across Lincoln Square and West Rogers Park since early last week.

Typically, the hijacker walks up, displays a handgun, and demands the victims’ keys, wallets, and phones. He also orders victims to unlock their phones, and, in two instances, he forced victims to change their phone passwords, according to the alert. The man then drives away with the victim’s car.

Previous reporting

According to the alert and CWB’s previous reporting, the pattern involves hijackings:

  • in the 6200 block of North Whipple at 2:51 a.m. on July 10
  • in the 3000 block of West Hood around 7:45 p.m. on July 19. The hijacker stepped out of a white Volkswagen, pushed a woman, and took her Lexus RX350.
  • in the 5200 block of North Washtenaw at 10:30 p.m. on July 19, a carjacker displayed a handgun and took a man’s blue Hyundai Sonata on the 5200 block of North Washtenaw.
  • at 10:45 p.m. on July 19, a man got out of a white Volkswagen and took a woman’s red Nissan Rogue at gunpoint on the 2500 block of West Fitch
  • around 11:15 p.m. on July 20, two 19-year-old men were sitting inside a black Lexus RX350 on the 3000 block of West North Shore when a hijacker walked up and demanded their property and the car’s keys at gunpoint.
  • at 10:30 p.m. on July 20, a man displayed a gun and demanded the victim’s money and phone on the 7000 block of North Rockwell.

Police said the carjacker is a Black male between 20- and 30-years-old who stands 5’6″ to 5’10” tall and weighs 140 to 180 pounds who wears black-rimmed glasses.

Three more possibly-related crimes were reported just hours after police released the warning on July 21.

On Monday, a woman was carjacked at gunpoint on the 6700 block of North Rockwell around 11:10 p.m. She was in front of her home when a man got out of a black Lexus, robbed her of her Apple Watch, keys, and phone, and drove away with her black 2019 Ford Fusion, according to a CPD report.

Also on the North Side, an off-duty Chicago police officer fired three shots at a man who pointed a gun at him during a possible carjacking attempt in Uptown on Sunday night.

The 37-year-old off-duty cop was in the passenger seat of an Audi A3 when a man walked up, asked him if he wanted some crack, and then pointed a handgun at him on the 1200 block of West Ainslie around 11:31 p.m., according to a CPD report.

The officer drew his own gun and fired three shots through the car’s window at the offender, who ran away southbound on Magnolia, the report said. Police searched the area for the suspect, but they came up empty-handed.

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