2 more hijackings in West Town; Carjackers target another West Loop restaurant valet (but fail this time)

Two carjackings were reported in West Town on Tuesday evening, and a group of hijackers tried to take another car from restaurant valet operators in the West Loop, but that attempt failed.

The valet hijacking attempt unfolded around 1 p.m. Wednesday outside a restaurant on the 800 block of West Randolph. A gray Dodge Ram pulled in front of a car parked in the valet zone and two men emerged to take the vehicle.

But they found the car unoccupied without any keys inside. They returned to the truck, which happens to be stolen, and fled the area.

On Saturday evening, an armed man successfully hijacked a Mercedes from a restaurant valet stand in the 1200 block of West Hubbard.

But two carjackings were successful in West Town on Tuesday evening.

Around 5 p.m., a 26-year-old woman was standing near her car in the 1600 block of North Washtenaw when two men confronted her with a handgun and demanded her keys, according to a CPD spokesperson. The woman complied, and the hijackers drove away with her 2017 Hyundai Elantra. A suspected tail car containing at least one accomplice was seen nearby.

The second hijacking unfolded on the 1100 block of North Ashland around 6:52 p.m., Officer Steve Rusanov said. A 28-year-old man was loading items into his white Audi Q5 when two men approached him from behind, and one of them pulled out a handgun. They took control of his car and fled the area, Rusanov said.

Police did not release descriptions of the suspects.

Chicago police recorded 57 hijackings during the first week of December, up from 35 during the same week last year and eight during the opening week of December 2019.

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