CHICAGO — Armed carjackers took two vehicles in less than 30 minutes Sunday morning on the North Side, Chicago police said. No arrests have been made so far.
It started around 1:50 a.m. as a 45-year-old woman and a 52-year-old man were driving in on the 2100 block of West Arthur, a CPD spokesperson said. Two white sedans blocked them in, one car in the front and the other in the back, and three men exited the vehicles.
With two of the three men displaying guns, they demanded control of the victims’ car, battered the man, and drove away with the couple’s white Toyota Camry, police said.
Then, around 2:15 a.m., a nearly identical hijacking occurred in the 1800 block of West Devon.
CPD’s spokesperson said an 18-year-old man and a 17-year-old boy were driving when two white sedans blocked them in. The drivers of both sedans jumped out with firearms and took control of the victims’ gray 2020 Mercedes.
Police responded to a third incident in the 6400 block of North Damen around the time of the second carjacking. In that case, a man reported that two cars blocked him in at a traffic light and tried to take his car. The hijacking failed, and the victim decided not to file a police report, according to CPD records.
On the local CPD radio frequency, a police sergeant said he saw the hijacked Mercedes speeding away and running lights as it left the area. He decided against pursuing the car in the interest of public safety.