‘The Chi’ crew member got carjacked, pistol-whipped hours after arriving in Chicago: source

Chicago police are investigating after a California man was carjacked at gunpoint in East Pilsen on Wednesday evening. A source familiar with the case said the victim had just arrived in town to perform set work for The Chi.

The 56-year-old victim was getting out of his red 2024 Toyota Camry in the 600 block of West 16th Street when a white sedan pulled up around 9:05 p.m., according to a Chicago police spokesperson.

Two men got out of the white car, possibly a Hyundai Elantra, displayed guns, and demanded control of the victim’s car, the spokesperson said. They struck the man in the face with a firearm, took his keys, and drove away with the Camry. The white sedan they arrived in followed them from the area.

The CPD spokesperson did not identify the victim’s occupation but did confirm that he is not a Chicago resident.

Our source said the victim’s vehicle was a rental, and he was unloading groceries when the carjacking occurred. Investigators believe the hijackers went on to use the Camry during the commission of an armed robbery spree later that night.

The source said the victim arrived in Chicago on Tuesday to do set construction work for the hit Showtime series.

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