Another carjacking near Ontario and Clark as hijacking reports soar higher in October

They did it again.

For at least the third time in three weeks, armed carjackers struck Friday morning near the intersection of Clark and Ontario streets in River North, according to Chicago police.

A 42-year-old man was sitting inside his black Lincoln Continental when two men walked up and pointed a gun at him on the 600 block of North Clark Street around 5:46 a.m., said Kellie Bartoli, a CPD spokesperson. A third offender waited inside a black SUV nearby, she said.

The victim complied with orders to get out of his car, and the hijackers headed east on Ohio Street with his vehicle.

Bartoli said the offenders are White males between 25- and 28-years-old. The SUV that accompanied them may be a Mercedes, she added.

Earlier carjackings near Clark and Ontario were reported on September 26 and October 3.

On Thursday night, another driver was carjacked on the 1200 block of West Fullerton Avenue in Lincoln Park. That victim told police he was getting into his black 2006 Toyota Prius when a man rode up on a bicycle, pointed a gun at him, and took his car around 9:15 p.m.

The Lincoln Park suspect was described as a Black male who wore a black hoodie.

Carjacking cases, which were already high, are soaring even higher this month. The city averaged more than seven cases a day during the first week of October — a pace that, if maintained, would result in over 200 cases by Halloween.

Chicago police logged 156 carjackings in October 2020 and just 60 in October 2019.

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