Armed hijackers physically pulled two people from their Audi A6 near the Magnificent Mile on Sunday morning and sped away with the victims’ car, police said. The victims were not injured, but no arrests have been made.
One offender walked up to the vehicle on Ontario between State and Michigan around 6:20 a.m. and ordered a 20-year-old man to get out at gunpoint, Officer Steve Rusanov said. Then, another hijacker pulled a 54-year-old man and a 22-year-old man out of the car. The carjackers were last seen heading west on Ontario with the Audi, which bears Indiana plates that begin with BOM.
The offender who pulled the victims from the car is described as a Black male who wore red headphones. No other descriptions were available.
As of July 24, the city recorded 880 carjackings this year. That’s up from 577 during the same period in 2019. Those carjackings have involved more than 1,000 victims, according to the city’s “violence reduction dashboard.”
As recently as July 1, the Chicago Police Department falsely claimed that carjacking cases were on a “continued decline” during 2021, even though hijackings were increasing. On Sunday, CPD provided the media with a statement about its performance during July. For the first time this year, the department’s monthly press release didn’t even mention carjackings.