Gunmen carjacked a Cook County Judge outside her home. She managed to get her 3-year-old out of the car before they drove away.

Carjackers put a gun to the head of a Cook County Circuit Court judge outside her West Town home on Thursday night — but the judge was able to get her 3-year-old son out of the car before the hijackers drove away with her vehicle.

The carjacking came one night after armed men robbed a West Loop restaurant valet attendant and escaped with luxury SUVs that belonged to two Chicago Blackhawks players.

According to a CPD report, the 52-year-old judge was pulling into her garage on the 1500 block of North Campbell when two men approached her around 11:31 p.m.

One of the men put a gun to the judge’s head and ordered her out of the car. The offenders robbed the judge of her purse and iPhone, then climbed into her 2018 Subaru Crosstek. The report said she was able to remove her 3-year-old boy from the back seat before the men left.

No injuries were reported. The judge is assigned to the Chancery Division, according to the circuit court’s website. CWBChicago does not identify crime victims by name unless they choose to go public.

On Wednesday evening, video cameras recorded the armed robbery of a West Loop restaurant’s valet attendant. The robbers drove away with a pair of luxury automobiles parked in front of Little Goat, 820 West Randolph.

The robbers drove away with a black Porsche Panamera and black Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk that belong to two Blackhawks players, CWBChicago has confirmed.

Police found the Trackhawk abandoned in the Pilsen neighborhood around 9:15 p.m. Wednesday. Around the same time, a CPD license plate reader spotted the Porsche traveling through Bronzeville on the back of a tow truck.

In other recent hijackings:

  • A driver was carjacked at gunpoint as he sat in the White Castle drive-thru, 3217 West Addison, around 3:09 a.m. Thursday. Two men ordered him out of his car and took his wallet, the drove away with his silver Audi A4, a CPD report said.
  • Two men hijacked a driver on the corner of Clark and Highland in Edgewater around 10:15 p.m. Thursday. The offenders displayed a gun and took the 52-year-old man’s gray 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee, which was last seen heading south on Clark Street.

Through December 23, Chicago police took reports for 152 carjackings this month. That’s up from 112 during the same period last year and 47 in 2019.

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