CHICAGO — Armed men committed three robberies and carjackings in about 20 minutes Tuesday evening in the Gold Coast, Chicago police said. One of the carjacking attempts occurred steps away from Gov. JB Pritzker’s mansion on Astor Street. Two suspects are in custody.
The same two men are suspected of committing all three crimes, beginning with a violent attack on a woman as she entered her car in the 1500 block of North State around 7:30 p.m.
CPD said two men pushed the 26-year-old woman to the ground and kicked her several times while demanding her keys and property. The men fled after being “startled” by a passing car, according to CPD. The department said the woman did not want medical assistance.
Then, around 7:43 p.m., two men tried to carjack a 41-year-old man in the 1400 block of North Astor. He was sitting in his 2008 Audi sedan when the men got into the car, displayed guns, and demanded his wallet, police said.
He complied with their commands and exited the car. But the duo couldn’t figure out how to operate a stick shift, so they got out and ran away, the police said.
They didn’t go far. At about 7:50 p.m., they carjacked a 33-year-old food delivery driver in the 1000 block of North Lake Shore Drive.
Police said two men walked up to the victim, displayed a gun, and took his 2019 Nissan Sentra.
Unfortunately for them, the Chicago joint vehicular hijacking task force—comprised of CPD, state police, a high-tech federal helicopter, and other assets—was working Tuesday night.
The task force quickly located the hijacked Nissan, and Illinois State Police troopers arrested the occupants in the 7000 block of South Wood. Charges are pending against them in the Astor Street and Lake Shore Drive cases, while the State Street mugging remains under investigation.