CHICAGO — Armed men carjacked a driver and quickly robbed two more people about a block away on Friday evening in West Town.
Chicago police said the carjacking occurred around 6:14 p.m. in the 800 block of North Wolcott. The 29-year-old victim was in his 2018 Nissan Versa when two men walked up, and one ordered him out of the vehicle at gunpoint, according to police.
A witness told CWBChicago they believed the man was a food delivery driver.
An officer at the scene said the carjackers were two males of unknown races wearing black ski masks and hoodies.
Within seconds of the carjacking, two people were robbed at gunpoint in the 900 block of North Winchester. The victims told police that two cars pulled up and three men got out with guns. The crew took money, a purse, phones, and a wallet from the victims, a 36-year-old man and a 31-year-old woman.
The suspects on Wolcott were described as Black males in their teens wearing masks.
Both robberies occurred in the Near West (12th) District, which experienced a sharp increase in holdups last year. As of Monday, robberies in the district were down 9% compared to the first two weeks of 2023. However, this year is 222% ahead of 2020’s early pace.