Chicago — An armed carjacking on Chicago’s North Side was caught on video this week. Police believe the crew you’ll see in the footage is responsible for about a dozen robberies in West Ridge and other neighborhoods, a law enforcement source said.
The video was recorded around 9:20 a.m. Tuesday in the 6400 block of North Hoyne. Shortly after a woman rolls her BMW into a parking space, a small gray or silver car pulls up next to her, and two men emerge from the passenger side, pointing guns at her. Watch:
After forcing the woman from her car, one of the hijackers returns to their getaway vehicle, which drives away. His accomplice gets into the BMW. But he gets out again a moment later, apparently unable to operate the car. He runs down the street clutching the woman’s purse, and his buddies reverse down the road to pick him up.
An Amazon delivery worker was carjacked of his personal car in the 5700 block of North Campbell within minutes of the robbery. Two masked men displayed guns and drove away with the man’s vehicle, which may be the car the robbers used in the video.
A third robbery was reported within minutes, too. A pair of robbers put a gun to a woman’s head and took her phone in the 6100 block of North Maplewood, police said.
West Ridge has experienced a string of robbery sprees in recent weeks. Five robberies were reported in the area within about 15 minutes on Friday, November 25. On November 19, a string of robberies and hijackings were reported from West Ridge to the Loop. And on Thursday, November 17, a group of six to eight male and female offenders traveled in two cars to carry out a series of robberies and carjackings that stretched across the north and northwest sides.