Two carjackings reported Sunday in the West Loop are under investigation by Chicago police.
Most recently, a 27-year-old woman was carjacked as she left a restaurant around 7:55 p.m. Two men approached her on the 200 block of North Carpenter and ordered her out of the vehicle while holding a gun to her head, a CPD spokesperson said. She got out and they drove away with her silver Mercedes 300, which has Florida plates.
The suspects were described as two Black males in their teens or early 20s. One wore a black hoodie and the other wore a blue hoodie.
Earlier in the day, a woman escaped a carjacking attempt near the intersection of Racine and Fulton Market. The woman said a man tried to take her car at gunpoint around 1:05 p.m. She screamed and ran away. He reportedly chased her and pushed her to the ground, but then gave up and fled in a gray Dodge Durango that was driven by an accomplice.
The primary offender was described as a Black male in his 20s who wore a black hat and a black hoodie. He stands about 5’10” tall and weighs 130 to 150 pounds, according to officers at the scene.
As of March 20, there were 384 carjackings reported in Chicago this year, down slightly from 392 during the same period in 2021. There were 181 cases by March 20, 2020, and 99 cases in 2019.
But carjacking reports this month, 84 cases as of the 20th, are far ahead of the 50 incidents reported during the same period last year. There were 40 in 2020 and 20 in 2019.