Armed men carjacked a driver near the intersection of Clark and Diversey in Lincoln Park on Tuesday evening., police said. It’s the second hijacking in the immediate area since Friday. And on Tuesday afternoon, a woman was carjacked in West Town.
September carjackings are pacing about 30% higher than the same month last year and about 100% higher than September 2019, according to the city’s data.
Most recently, two armed men confronted a 34-year-old man who was unloading his SUV on the 2700 block of North Clark around 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, according to police. The hijackers took control of his charcoal gray Range Rover and headed south on Clark accompanied by a blue sedan that may have been occupied by accomplices.
Officers with CPD’s hijacking task force found the Range Rover abandoned on the 9900 block of South Aberdeen in Washington Heights about an hour after it was taken. No arrests were made.
Police did not release descriptions of the suspects.
Another carjacking was reported in the same area around 7:15 p.m. Friday. In that case, a man told police he was about to go into a restaurant on the 2900 block of North Broadway to pick up an order when a hijacker pulled him from his car.
The carjacker turned east on Surf Street, picked up another man, and then continued toward Lake Shore Drive, the victim reported. No suspect descriptions were available.
Tuesday’s carjacking in West Town took place around 2:45 p.m. on the 1300 block of West Huron. A woman told police that one hijacker displayed a gun and ordered her out of her SUV while another man jumped into the vehicle.
The offenders were last seen heading north on Ada Street with the woman’s gray Lexus RX350. She said they were both Black males between 16- and 20-years-old who stand about 6-feet tall and weigh about 180 pounds. One of them wore a gray hoodie with black pants. The other wore a black hoodie.
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.