A hijacker forced a woman from her Lexus SUV when she stopped for a red light in the heart of the Loop early Friday, police said. It is the second carjacking of the week in the Loop and the eighth of the year — a record paced for the downtown neighborhood.
The woman, age 53, was waiting for the light to change on State at Washington when the hijacker opened her car door and forced her out around 1:03 a.m. Police said the man implied that he had a gun, but the victim did not see one.
Several witnesses saw the carjacking unfold, and police even saw the stolen SUV speed out of the Loop as they responded to the scene. Officers did not pursue the car because that would be against CPD regulations.
On Tuesday evening, a pregnant 26-year-old woman was carjacked at gunpoint inside a parking garage on the 100 block of North Dearborn. Police stopped the car in Indiana. They arrested two juveniles and recovered a loaded handgun, CPD said.
There have been eight carjackings in the Loop so far this year, up from three at this point in both 2020 and last year. The Loop did not have any carjackings reported by April 8, 2019, according to the city’s data.
Citywide, hijacking reports paced slightly ahead of last year’s record during the first quarter, with 433 cases compared to 423. There were 198 during the first quarter of 2020 and 110 in 2019.