Video emerged on social media this weekend of a man carjacking a driver while armed with a rifle on an expressway near downtown Chicago.
The footage shows three people running out of a car that was apparently involved in an auto accident along the outbound Dan Ryan Expressway just north of the Stevenson Expressway. Then one of them, wearing a black ski mask and toting a large weapon, tries to carjack passing vehicles.
The carjacker appears to offer a fistful of cash to the man who’s recording in exchange for a ride, but the man, who says he was on his way home from work, declines.
“Look at that rifle! “Look at that rifle!” yells the man.
Then, the carjacking occurred.
“He’s hijacking the car! He’s hijacking the car right now!”
The man recording the hijacking encourages the driver to speed away. Instead, the driver gets out, puts his hands in the air, and watches as the hijacker speeds off with their vehicle.
In other recent carjackings:
A man pushed a 34-year-old woman from behind and took her keys as she exited her Toyota Camry in River North on Friday afternoon. The woman was in the 600 block of North Dearborn when the man assaulted her, took the keys from her pocket, and drove away with the car around 2:54 p.m., according to Chicago police.
She described the hijacker as a skinny Black male who stood about 5’7″ tall. He had short dreads and wore a black hoodie with white lettering.
On Monday, a man suffered a broken leg after a hijacker pulled him from his car in West Town.
The driver was near Ohio and Halsted streets when four men dragged him from his vehicle, beat him badly, and drove away with his gray 2009 Honda Accord, according to a CPD report.
A bystander took the victim to an urgent care center for help, but he had to be moved to a hospital because of how badly he was hurt.
Descriptions of the men were not available.