Three people are in custody after a woman was carjacked at gunpoint in her Lincoln Park garage on Sunday morning. Earlier, a woman was carjacked at gunpoint in Wicker Park.
In Lincoln Park, police said a 40-year-old woman was in her garage when two men walked in around 11:15 a.m. A Chicago police spokesperson said one of the men displayed a handgun and demanded the woman’s vehicle. The victim complied, and the hijackers drove away with her SUV.
Then, around 2:30 p.m., Chicago police officers located the hijacked car in the Loop after CPD’s license plate reader network spotted it in the area. They pulled the car over and took three people into custody. A weapon was also recovered, officers at the scene said.
Earlier, a 30-year-old woman was carjacked as she unloaded her vehicle in the 1600 block of West Division. Two men, one of whom had a gun, walked up to the woman and demanded her valuables and car keys, police said.
She did what they asked, and after they drove off in her white Jeep, she waved down a passing police car.
The Wicker Park hijackers were described as two young Black males who stood between 5’10” and 6-feet tall. According to initial information from the scene, one of them wore a red top, and the other wore all black clothing.
Hijacking reports continue to outpace last year’s record-setting number, according to CPD data. Police recorded 806 cases during the first six months of the year, up from 760 during the period last year, 472 in the first half of 2020, and 251 as of July 1, 2019.
June also outpaced the same month last year, with 143 cases compared to 129. According to the city’s data portal, there were 114 in June 2020 and 47 in June 2019.