CHICAGO — Kia Boys stole a Chicago police officer’s car outside of City Hall and then dumped it at the scene of an armed carjacking in the Loop on Sunday morning, according to CPD reports reviewed by CWBChicago.
Kia Boys, the slang term for auto thieves who exploit design flaws to easily steal Kia and Hyundai vehicles, broke a window of the officer’s Hyundai Tucson around 11:50 p.m. Saturday in the 100 block of North LaSalle, one report said. That’s the block where City Hall is located.
Cops found the car abandoned with its steering column stripped about two hours later at the scene of an armed carjacking just a few blocks away.
The hijacking victim was driving in the first block of East Ida B. Wells around 1:50 a.m. when he saw five men armed with handguns jump out of a stolen Hyundai and grab a 21-year-old woman on the sidewalk, a Chicago police spokesperson said.
He stopped and ran to help the woman but ended up being beaten in the head with handguns and robbed, according to CPD.
The robbers fled in the good Samaritan’s Toyota and left the Hyundai at the scene, the police spokesperson said. Both victims took themselves to Northwestern Memorial Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
While the spokesperson did not say the Hyundai found at the carjacking scene was stolen from the officer at City Hall, we verified it through police reports.
Cops found the man’s Toyota abandoned in the 1200 block of West Fullerton a short time later.
The vehicle was found near the DePaul University campus, where a group of students was robbed shortly after 2 a.m., but police have not linked the carjacking to the Lincoln Park robbery.
At about 2:30 a.m., a 40-year-old woman was robbed at gunpoint by three men who exited a black sedan in the 1800 block of West Fullerton, according to police. She was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center for treatment. Again, police have not publicized any link to the carjacking crew.
Police are also investigating another robbery that occurred in the Loop around 2:30 a.m. Police said two 25-year-old women were walking in the 500 block of South Wells when six men exited a tan sedan and robbed them at gunpoint. They were not injured.