A carjacker pulled a woman from her car in the South Loop and then bit her during a struggle for control of the vehicle’s keys Saturday morning, police said.
The victim, age 40, was getting out of her car on the first block of East 11th Street when the hijacker confronted her around 5:24 a.m., a Chicago police spokesperson said. A witness said it happened near the Homewood Suites by Hilton Chicago South Loop.
Police said the woman and hijacker began fighting after he forced her from her 2017 Chevy Equinox. He bit her left hand during the struggle and gained control of the car keys, according to the spokesperson.
A witness intervened, but backed off when the hijacker pulled out a knife, police said..
EMS took the victim to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in good condition, police said.
Officers described the hijacker as a Black male in his early to mid-20s wearing a black hoodie and blue jeans. He stands about 6-feet tall. The man was last seen heading north on Wabash in the woman’s car, which is dark blue and bears Michigan license plates.
Carjacking reports are up again this year in Chicago, with 482 cases reported through April 12, compared to 463 at this point last year, 229 in 2020, and 128 in 2019.