A carjacker dragged a 54-year-old woman with her vehicle and stole her dog in the West Loop on Saturday evening, according to Chicago police. The woman was seriously injured but is recovering, police said.
It happened around 5:13 p.m. in the 1100 block of West Van Buren.
Police said the woman was walking back to her parked car when she noticed a man in the driver’s seat. She confronted the man, and the two fought until the offender returned to the woman’s white Jeep Cherokee and started driving away.
A Chicago police spokesperson said that as he drove, the woman got into the passenger seat and kept riding until she got out in the 300 block of South Ashland.
The carjacker continued driving with the woman’s Shih Tzu inside the vehicle.
EMS took the victim in serious condition to Mt. Sinai for treatment of abrasions to her neck, chest, and back.
Surveillance cameras at a Shell gas station captured the hijacking. Officers described the suspect as a Black male in his late 20s, standing 5’7″ tall and weighing 165 pounds. He wore a blue shirt with a yellow construction vest and had short hair.
Chicago police this year recorded 1,115 carjackings through August 27, up from 1,051 at the same point last year. The city had 773 cases by that point in 2020 and 342 during the period in 2019.