A 50-year-old Lakeview man was robbed at gunpoint by a group of men who also tried to carjack him, but they couldn’t figure out how to operate his vehicle, so they left without it. The same crew likely came close to carjacking another man in North Center about 45 minutes earlier, but that would-be victim became suspicious and called police.
The Lakeview victim stepped out of his car on the 1200 block of West Eddy Street around 11:40 p.m. and came face-to-face with four men, one of whom was displaying a handgun.
Police said the offenders injured the victim’s finger as they struggled with him for his valuables. At least one of the robbers tried to drive away with the victim’s car, but he didn’t know how to operate it and gave up, according to an officer at the scene. The victim was treated at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center and released.
The crew fled in the vehicle they came with — a dark gray SUV with a nearly flat rear right tire. Police described them as four Black males wearing black clothing and black masks.
Shortly before 11 p.m., a man called police after four men appeared ready to carjack him on the 1900 block of West Warner. The crew apparently changed their minds and were last seen heading north on Wolcott Avenue, according to the man, who called police.