An Uber driver was carjacked at gunpoint while waiting for her customers to come out of a Lincoln Park home Sunday morning. The customers ordered a new Uber and provided the first driver with a ride to the local police station to file a report.
According to a CPD spokesperson, a 37-year-old woman was sitting in her parked car on the 2200 block of North Dayton when another vehicle pulled up around 5:15 a.m. A man got out of the second car, pointed a gun at the woman, and ordered her to get out of the vehicle and surrender her belongings, the spokesperson said. He then drove away with the woman’s dark blue Jeep Compass.
The woman was an Uber driver who was waiting for her customers, a source confirmed. The source said her customers walked into the hijacking as it was unfolding and called 911 while hiding from the carjackers.
It took a while for a police unit to become available to handle the call, so the customers ordered a second Uber and took their original driver to Area Three police headquarters at Belmont and Western to file her report.
Sunday’s carjacking is the 13th of the year for Lincoln Park. That compares to 12 at this point last year and eight during the same period in 2019.
Across the city, CPD recorded 98 carjackings this month as of October 16. That’s up from 81 during the period last year and 20 cases in 2019.
Year-to-date, the city saw 1,348 carjackings through October 16, up from 982 at the same point last year and 442 in 2019.