Victim abducted at gunpoint from Boystown on Christmas Eve is robbed, carjacked, dumped on South Side: Chicago police report

Chicago — A man from out-of-state was abducted at gunpoint in Boystown by two men who robbed and carjacked him before dumping him in Auburn Gresham on Christmas Eve, according to Chicago police. It happened about two months after four men were abducted and robbed in separate incidents in Wrigleyville on one weekend in October.

The 26-year-old told police he was walking near Halsted Street and Cornelia Avenue in the heart of Boystown when two men wearing dark clothing and ski masks confronted him with a handgun around 10 p.m. Saturday, a Chicago police spokesperson said.

The victim told police he was abducted at gunpoint near the northwest corner of Halsted Street and Cornelia Avenue, across from Hydrate nightclub. | Google

Both offenders demanded the man’s property and forced him to get into his 2021 Kia, which was parked on Cornelia just across from Hydrate nightclub, a police report said.

A fight broke out inside the victim’s car while the men drove away with him inside the Kia, according to the police spokesperson. The robbers stopped at an ATM and forced the victim to withdraw money, and they eventually dropped him off in the 8300 block of South Kerfoot. Both robbers fled the scene in the victim’s Kia, which has Oregon license plates.

Four men were abducted from the Wrigleyville nightlife district over one weekend in mid-October, according to CPD. But all of the Wrigleyville victims were dropped off near Wrigleyville after being robbed by men who forced them into a car.

Police have not announced any arrests in the Wrigleyville crime spree and, until Christmas Eve, no other abduction-style robberies are known to have occurred in the area.

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