Chicago — Two suspects are in custody after a woman was thrown to the ground, kicked, and carjacked inside a Lakeview parking garage on Tuesday evening, according to a Chicago police report.
It happened at 6:15 p.m. inside the parking garage adjacent to Walmart Neighborhood Market, 2844 North Broadway.
CPD said two men confronted the woman on the top floor, and one displayed a handgun. They demanded her property.
While the Chicago Police Department issued a press release claiming the woman was unharmed, a report reviewed by CWB Chicago claims she was choked, knocked to the ground, kicked, and hit in the mouth. Officers also summoned an ambulance, but the report said she was not taken to a hospital.
The carjackers drove away with the woman’s blue Audi Q7.
Chicago police tracked the car and arrested the suspects near 19th and Wood streets in the Lower West Side around 7:15 p.m. A third person who was in the vehicle was also detained, according to police radio traffic. Officers also recovered a firearm at the scene.
According to city records, police logged 120 carjackings through the first 23 days of this month, down slightly from the 132 cases seen at the same point last year and 187 hijackings by that point in January 2021, which is the worst single month for carjackings in the city since at least 2001.
By comparison, there were only 48 carjackings during the period in January 2019.