Three men carjacked a driver at gunpoint in Lakeview early Saturday, police said. No arrests have been made.
A 30-year-old man was standing next to his car on the 1200 block of West Barry when three men walked up to him around 1:09 a.m., a CPD spokesperson said, citing preliminary information.
One of the men pulled out a handgun, forced the man to stand against a wall, and robbed him of his wallet, phone, and car keys. The hijackers then drove away with his blue Hyundai Sonata. A CPD license plate reader detected the car traveling in Little Italy about 30 minutes after the carjacking, according to a report.
Sunday’s carjacking is the 16th of the year for Lakeview, well above the 9 cases during the same period year. There were three carjackings at this point in 2019 and five in 2018, according to city records.
Chicago police logged 1,099 carjackings citywide this year through September 7. Hijackings 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.