1 in custody after daytime carjacking at bustling Old Town intersection

Police said charges are pending against one person after a man was carjacked at gunpoint near a busy Lincoln Park intersection on Wednesday afternoon.

Two carjackers displayed a gun and ordered a 46-year-old man out of his SUV on the 1600 block of North Clark around 4:20 p.m., CPD spokesperson Kellie Bartoli said. He followed their commands, and they drove away northbound with his gray Audi Q8.

The police department’s hijacking task force determined that a previously carjacked Volvo was involved in the incident. Task force officers tracked both vehicles, and one suspect was taken into custody, but details about the arrest were not immediately available.

CWBChicago will post an update if charges are approved.

Chicago police logged 1,099 carjackings citywide this year through September 7, but yesterday’s hijacking is only the eighth of the year for Lincoln Park.

By comparison, the neighborhood saw seven carjackings at this point last year, and eight during the same period in 2019. Hijackings citywide are up 36% this year compared to 2020’s record-setting total and up 200% compared to 2019.

On a positive note, the city actually saw five fewer carjackings during August compared to the same month last year — 158 vs. 163. But that’s still 250% higher than August of 2019, according to the city’s data.

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