Chicago police are investigating after a 63-year-old man was carjacked in Edgewater on Friday morning.
A CPD spokesperson said that the carjacker walked up to the victim as he was getting out of his car in the 6000 block of North Kenmore at 9:15 a.m. and demanded control of the vehicle while implying that he had a gun.
Police said the victim and carjacker got into a physical struggle to control the car, but the hijacker won out and drove away with it. The man’s 2008 Infiniti G35 was last seen heading north on Kenmore.
He described the suspect as a Black male between 15 and 20 years old wearing a black winter coat with fur on the hood.
Carjacking reports citywide remained high last year but began to taper off from record levels as the “Kia Boy” craze swept the city last summer. Chicago police recorded 140 carjackings last month, down from 206 in December 2021. Even with the decline, last month was the third-worst for carjackings in the city since 2001, according to city records.
But this year is starting on the wrong foot. The city had 42 carjackings during the first five days of January, the most recent day for which the city’s data is available. That’s up from 24 during the same days last year and 28 in 2021.