Armed carjackers escape after slamming into a Chicago police squad car in Rogers Park

CHICAGO — Armed carjackers rammed a Chicago police car minutes after taking the car from a woman in Rogers Park on Thursday night. The hijackers crashed the car again nearby and ran from the scene. They remain on the loose.

It all started as a 23-year-old woman exited her parked car in the 6700 block of North Newguard around 9:20 p.m., police said. Three men displayed a gun and forced her to surrender her car keys, a CPD spokesperson said.

She complied, and the hijackers drove away with her white Nissan Sentra.

The police spokesperson said the carjacked vehicle was involved in minor traffic crashes in the 1600 block of West Lunt and the 7100 block of North Greenview, where cops found it unoccupied.

Traffic crash reports secured by CWBChicago show that the crash on Lunt involved a Chicago police SUV occupied by cops who were looking for the carjackers. The saturation team officers were in the area due to a recent surge in robbery reports.

As they turned onto Lunt from Ashland, the hijacked car sped toward them, heading the wrong way, according to the crash report. The Nissan slammed into the front passenger side of the cops’ Ford Explorer, sideswiping the front bumper and right wheel, the report said.

Officers found the Nissan a few minutes later, abandoned and crashed into a parked Honda in the 7100 block of North Greenview, another CPD report said. Police recovered a firearm from inside the car.

The hijacking suspects were described as three Black males in their teens, thin and standing about 5’10” tall. They wore masks, but one had light skin with freckles visible, according to an initial description from the scene.

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