Man, 78, carjacked inside Lincoln Park, police say

Two armed men carjacked a 78-year-old man inside Lincoln Park on Thursday morning, police said. Meanwhile, CBS2 reports that a 15-year-old who was caught driving a car that was taken at gunpoint from a Bucktown woman earlier this week was released from custody after just two hours.

In the Lincoln Park hijacking, CPD spokesperson Karie James said the elderly victim was sitting in his car on the 2700 block of North Cannon Drive around 5:05 a.m. when two men displayed a handgun and ordered him to get out. He complied, and they drove away with his black Lexus, which was followed by a black SUV that carried accomplices, according to a police report. The victim was not injured.

The primary suspect was described as a Black male who’s about 20-years-old and 5’8″ to 6-feet tall with short dreadlocks. A CPD license plate reader detected the stolen car traveling on the 700 block of South California in Lawndale shortly after the carjacking.

Another carjacking was reported in the Fulton River District on Tuesday evening. Two men took a woman’s blue Hyundai Santa Fe at gunpoint in front of her home on the 500 block of North Peoria around 9:30 p.m., a CPD report said.

The suspects are two Black men in their 20s who are thin and wore masks, black hoodies, and dark pants. The stolen car was last seen heading west on Grand.

Meanwhile, CBS2 reports that police arrested a 15-year-old boy who was driving a 2017 Infiniti QX70 that a group of hijackers took at gunpoint from a woman in Bucktown on Monday afternoon.

Three offenders confronted the 50-year-old woman moments after she pulled into her garage, demanded her keys and cellphone at gunpoint, and then drove away.

Police pulled the car over on the 3900 block of West Van Buren around 10:50 p.m. Tuesday and arrested the teen driver. Another person who was in the car ran away from police.

The 15-year-old was released to his guardian two hours later, the station reported.

“The second person got away,” the victim told CBS2, “and from what the police tell me, they are absolutely not allowed to pursue on foot or in cars.”

“I get it that they’re young,” the woman said, “but they’re also bold enough to put a gun against my head.”

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