A private surveillance camera was rolling when a group of hijackers pulled a man from his car in Bucktown late Saturday night.
While the physical attack is just slightly out of frame, footage provided to CWBChicago shows the victim pulling over to use his phone and the hijackers approaching a few minutes later.
The carjacking unfolded on the 2000 block of West Charleston just before 11 p.m. Watch:
CPD Officer Ana Pacheco said a 22-year-old man was talking on his phone in his car when the hijackers approached. One of them tapped on his window, pointed a gun at him, and ordered him out of his 2020 Mercedes GLB.
After he complied, the group pistol-whipped him, pushed him to the ground, and kicked him repeatedly, according to Pacheco and a CPD report.
The group piled into the victim’s SUV, backed up, then drove away.
Chicago police found the car abandoned in a West Side alley a short time later.
Pacheco said the victim suffered bruising to his body, but he declined medical attention.
The CPD report said the hijackers were a group of five Black and Hispanic males who are “young in appearance” and stand between 5’9″ and 6’1″ tall.
Area Five detectives are handling the investigation.
Chicago police recorded 84 carjackings through the first 11 days of this month, up from 55 during the same period last year and 16 in 2019.