Carjacker gets off-duty cop’s Lexus in South Loop

A woman was carjacked at gunpoint overnight in the South Loop, and Chicago police officers who responded said she was an off-duty cop from the suburbs.

The 46-year-old woman had just parked her black Lexus RC coupe and was getting out when the hijacker approached her from behind in the 1500 block of South Wabash around 1:23 a.m., according to a CPD spokesperson.

The hijacker displayed a gun and demanded the woman’s keys. She complied, and he headed south in her car. CPD said the victim was not injured. 

Cops said the woman was a police officer in a west suburb, but she was off-duty at the time.

She described the hijacker as a thin Black male with medium-length dreadlocks, standing about 5’4″ tall.

As of July 9, there had been 845 hijackings in Chicago this year. That’s up from 806 at the same time last year, 503 at the same time in 2020, and 264 in 2019.

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