Men who carjacked Uber driver on Mag Mile hijacked another Uber driver in West Town, too

The carjacking crew that targeted an Uber driver along the Magnificent Mile on Friday morning carjacked another Uber driver about 90 minutes earlier in West Town, according to Chicago police. And the first Uber driver had a passenger in the car when the hijackers struck.

Area Three detectives publicly linked the two crimes in a community alert Friday afternoon.

Around 3 a.m. Friday, an Uber driver and his passenger were on the 1000 block of North Hermitage when a white sedan pulled alongside them, and three men got out with guns, according to a CPD report.

The report said that the hijackers forced the driver and passenger from the Uber and fled north on Hermitage in the 2014 BMW, which had Iowa plates. The white car followed them.

Then, at 4:48 a.m., three men approached an Uber driver as he waited in his car for another assignment on the corner of Michigan and Ontario on the Mag Mile. One of the men displayed a gun, and the group took control of the victim’s black Lexus, which headed west on Ontario. It was accompanied by the BMW bearing Iowa plates that was taken in West Town, according to a CPD report.

In the community alert, police said the carjackers are three Black males between the ages of 16- and 30-years-old and one Black male who’s 16- to 18-years-old.

Anyone with information about the crimes can contact Area Three detectives at 312-744-8263. Refer to crime pattern P21-3-091.

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