CHICAGO — A security camera captured footage of armed men pistol-whipping and carjacking a driver in Logan Square over the weekend. It’s the latest robbery video to surface as Chicago police struggle to contain a months-long violent crime surge in many parts of the city.
The hijacking footage, shared below, was recorded in the 2400 block of North Campbell around 6:15 a.m. Saturday.
It shows a man sitting in a parked SUV as a carload of hijackers pulls up behind him. The carjackers’ driver positions their vehicle behind the victim, and three people merge from the car.
They swarm the victim and pull him from his seat. He scurries across the street to safety as the group loads into his car. The driver of the car they arrived in jumps out of that vehicle, slides into the victim’s car, and drives away.
They left the other car behind, sitting in the middle of the street. It, too, had been stolen.
A CWBChicago reader familiar with what happened said the robbers struck the victim in the forehead with a handgun during the attack. He was cut and bruised but not seriously injured, we’re told.
Across Chicago, robbery reports are up 24% from last year and 30% from 2019, the last year before the pandemic.
But the story is much worse in the Shakespeare (14th) District, which includes the area where the carjacking occurred, where robberies were up 53% as of September 17. They’re up 96% versus 2019.