Carjackers target man driving with 2 children on UIC campus

CHICAGO — A man was targeted in an armed carjacking while driving with his two children on the University of Illinois-Chicago campus Monday afternoon, the school’s police department said.

The victim noticed a gray Kia sedan was following him as he exited the expressway onto Taylor Street around 3:48 p.m., according to an alert from UICPD. As he sat in a turn lane at 1130 South Halsted, a carjacker emerged from the Kia and approached his driver’s door.

UICPD said the hijacker pointed a gun at the victim’s head and demanded control of his car. The victim got out of the car with his two kids, and they ran down Halsted Street, the police said.

Fortunately, the victim took his key fob with him, and the hijacker could not get the victim’s car to operate, the police alert stated. So, the carjacker fled in the gray Kia, which was last seen heading north on Halsted with three occupants.

UICPD said the victim described one of the offenders as a male juvenile who covered part of his face with a mask. The alert said the juvenile had “short curly hair and a thin short mustache.”

Neither the man nor his children were injured.

The Chicago Police Department will handle the investigation, UICPD said.

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