77-year-old man is robbed and carjacked in Lakeview as the neighborhood’s hijacking rate doubles

Chicago police are looking for two men who robbed and carjacked a 77-year-old man in Lakeview on Saturday afternoon.

The victim was sitting in the back seat of his white Toyota Camry on the 3400 block of North Ashland around 2:52 p.m. He told police that a man opened the back door, stuck a hard object in his back, and demanded his property, a CPD spokesperson said.

The approximate location of Saturday’s carjacking. | Multiplottr

After the victim stepped out of the car, both carjackers climbed in and drove away westbound on Roscoe Street, according to the spokesperson.

It was Lakeview’s 13th hijacking of the year. The neighborhood had five hijackings at this point last year and one at this point in 2020 and 2019, according to city records.

Citywide, 497 hijackings were reported through April 15 this year, up about 5% from last year’s record. The city had 231 hijackings as of mid-April 2020 and 136 during the period in 2019.

Carjackings are also up 19% this month compared to last April, with 62 cases through April 15th. That compares to 33 in 2020 and 26 in 2019.

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