Three men carjacked a driver at gunpoint near Grant Park on Monday evening, police said. No arrests have been made.
A 47-year-old man was parked in an alley behind the 300 block of North Michigan when the hijackers walked up to his white GMC Terrain around 8:54 p.m., said Kellie Bartoli, a CPD spokesperson.
One of the hijackers pointed a gun at the man and ordered him to get out of the vehicle. He complied, and the carjackers drove away with the SUV. A city license plate reader detected the hijacked vehicle traveling south on the Dan Ryan Expressway at 33rd street about ten minutes later.
Bartoli said the suspects are described as Black males between 16- and 18-years-old who wore hooded sweatshirts.
Police have logged 16 carjackings in the Loop so far this year. That’s up from 11 cases at this point last year, four at this time in 2019, and five during the same period in 2018.
Citywide, there were 1,124 carjackings reported through September 11. That’s up 37% from the 821 cases reported during the same period last year and up 200% from the 324 carjackings reported as of September 11, 2019.
For this month, police recorded 53 carjackings citywide as of September 11, up from 37 during the same period last year and 25 during the timeframe in 2019.