West Loop valet driver among 3 carjacking victims since Thursday evening

CHICAGO — At least three armed carjackings were reported from Thursday evening into Friday morning, including hijackings in the West Loop, Lakeview, and the Loop. No arrests have been announced.

Just before 9 p.m. Thursday, a valet driver was robbed at gunpoint in the 900 block of West Fulton Market. The gunman asked for car keys and drove away with a Mercedes SUV, a CPD report said. An accomplice in a white sedan followed the carjacked SUV from the area.

An officer at the scene said the carjackers were two Black males between 18 and 21 years old who wore all black clothing.

Then, around 1:40 a.m., carjackers began following a Ravenswood man as he drove near his home on the North Side.

The victim told police that he noticed an older dark-colored Jaguar following him while driving north on Ashland near Addison. When the cars reached Irving Park, the Jaguar cut him off, and three gunmen emerged to take his vehicle, a CPD report said.

They drove away with his blue 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan, last seen heading east on Irving Park with the Jaguar following.

Moments later, a woman reported that three masked men tried to carjack her at a gas station in the 4000 block of North Clark. The effort failed, and the woman chose not to file a police report.

Then, around 6:30 a.m., a Northwestern Hospital employee was carjacked in the Loop.

He told police that he was driving his blue Nissan Maxima near Roosevelt and Wabash when two masked men got out of a black sedan and took control of his vehicle at gunpoint, according to initial information from a source. A CPD spokesperson said the police report documenting the case was not finalized as of midday Friday.

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