Bucktown dad is carjacked at gunpoint while loading child into the family car — and it’s all on video

An armed carjacker took a Bucktown man’s SUV at gunpoint as the victim loaded his young child into the family car on Halloween morning — and it was all captured on video. Fortunately, no injuries were reported.

Less than four hours after the carjacking, detectives issued a community alert that links the case to two other hijackings that unfolded in the area on Wednesday morning.

“Gimme your keys, now,” the hijacker says as he approaches the father around 8:45 a.m. on the 1900 block of North Honore.

“Take the baby. Give me your phone … don’t f*ck with me,” the offender warns.

Here’s the video footage:

Moments later, the hijacker drives away with the family’s BMW X5. Investigators believe accomplices in another BMW X5 were involved because CPD cameras captured the vehicles traveling together after the crime.

Police said Sunday’s carjacking was likely committed by the same offenders who tried to carjack a 23-year-old woman at gunpoint in the 1900 block of West Wabansia at 9:32 a.m. Wednesday. That victim, who wasn’t too keen on the idea of being carjacked, leaned on her car horn, which scared the hijacker away, Officer Hector Alfaro said.

Just 18 minutes later, a 34-year-old woman was gathering items from her 2017 Lexus sedan when a man pressed a handgun into her back and demanded her keys on the 2900 block of West Wabansia. She complied, and the hijacker drove away with her car, Alfaro said.

Detectives linked that carjacking with the pattern, too.

According to CPD’s alert, the primary hijacker is a Black male between 20- and 25-years-old who stands about 5’5″ tall and weighs about 140 pounds. Another suspect is described as a man of unknown race, between 25- and 30-years-old, who stands 5’7″ to 5’9″ tall and weighs 150 pounds.

Anyone with information about the crimes can contact Area Five detectives about pattern #P21-5-090 at 312-746-7394.

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