17-year-old girl beat, carjacked a senior citizen in Chinatown: Chicago police

CHICAGO — A 17-year-old girl has been charged with attacking and carjacking a 62-year-old rideshare driver in Chinatown last week, Chicago police said.

Footage of the attack, shared by @CPD1617Scanner on Twitter, shows what happened after the man parked his gray 2019 Toyota Camry in the 200 block of West 22nd Place around 5:30 p.m. last Tuesday.

Yesterday, Chicago police arrested the 17-year-old girl in the 5100 block of South Wentworth to face charges in the case. She is charged with aggravated vehicular hijacking with a weapon and aggravated battery of a victim older than 60.

Police did not release any other details about the girl because she is a juvenile.

In the video footage, two women are seen chasing the victim down the street after he walked away from his parked car. One of the women hit the man with a pipe while the other jogged behind them, smiling broadly.

A third woman joined the other two as they chased the man toward his car.

Once he fell, the feeding frenzy began, with the group taking the man’s property as he lay on his back beneath them. The one with the pipe gives him a swift kick before they run toward his car with the keys.

When the man tries to get to his feet, the pipe lady swoops in to swat him back to the ground.

He manages to get up before the women drive away with his car. The pipe woman gets back out to chase him around the car again. Then he stands in front of the vehicle, hoping they’ll have a change of heart or, at least, not drive away while a human being is standing in their path.

The victim, Danxin Shi, told media outlets that he lives on the block and works as a rideshare driver, a job made impossible since the thieves took his car.

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