Crazy video shows man riding on top of an SUV in Edgewater — and the driver running away with an ankle monitor on his leg, witness says

Video images show the man riding on top of an SUV and the driver running away from the scene with an ankle monitor on his leg. | Provided; @ChicagoCritter

Wild new video shows a man riding on top of an SUV during a possible auto theft in Chicago on Friday afternoon. And a witness sent CWBChicago a picture of the man who was driving the car. He’s wearing an ankle monitor.

Chicago police responded to the 1100 block of West Thorndale just before 3 p.m. after a flood of 911 callers reported that a man was trying to stop a car thief from taking his SUV by riding on the hood.

Caller after caller told dispatchers that the apparent victim was on the hood or roof of a gray SUV as it sped down Thorndale, popped a U-Turn, then did a circle in the middle of the nearby intersection before speeding away.

Now, there’s a video that confirms those reports. Watch:

One witness told CWBChicago that the man driving the car bailed out of the SUV moments later and ran into the Thorndale Red Line station. The witness snapped a picture of him as he raced by.

“Notice the ankle monitor,” the witness advised.

“I think [the man on top of the car] may have left his car running. He jumped right on the hood and started filming the suspect,” the witness said. “The suspect backed up because myself and the car behind me were blocking him in. So the suspect backed up and went into the intersection and drove in circles trying to throw the owner off.”

“He didn’t come off, so the suspect got out just north of Thorndale on Broadway and started running,” the man recalled. “I didn’t see what happened after I snapped the pics of him running. Lots of witnesses, though.”

The police spokesperson said the car, whoever was on the hood, and the man who ran into the Thorndale train station were all gone when they arrived. No police report was immediately filed.

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