A ride-hail driver was carjacked at gunpoint Friday morning as he waited for his next passenger on the Magnificent Mile, police said. It’s the second armed carjacking since Sunday in the immediate area.
The driver was parked on the corner of Michigan and Ontario as he waited for another assignment when three men walked up to his car and displayed a handgun around 4:41 a.m., said Karie James, a CPD spokesperson.
They took control of the man’s black Lexus, which was last seen heading west on Ontario, James said. The victim was not injured. Police did not release descriptions of the carjackers.
Another driver approached police officers as they talked with the victim and reported that the same group tried to carjack him in the area, too, but he managed to get away.
On Sunday, armed hijackers physically pulled two people from their Audi A6 near the Magnificent Mile and sped away with the victims’ car, police said.
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.
Area Three detectives are investigating both cases.