Sunday, September 04, 2016

Uber Driver Carjacked In Wrigleyville — Offenders Got His Car...And His Gun

An Uber driver with a concealed carry license was carjacked in Lakeview late Saturday night, just a half-mile from where a woman was carjacked earlier in the day.

Last night's offenders got away with the man’s car as well as a handgun and two magazines that he stored in the vehicle's center console, police said.

No one is in custody and neither the car nor the weapon has been recovered.

The Uber driver told police that four offenders approached him and one pulled out a chrome revolver as he stepped from his vehicle near Addison and Racine around 11PM. All four piled into the victim’s black 2013 Infiniti SUV, which was last seen eastbound in the north alley of Addison, the man said.

The gunman is described as a 5’8” black man with curly hair who wore a blue shirt and dark blue jeans. The other three offenders were black men in their late teens to early 20’s, the victim said.

Second Carjacking Of The Day

The Uber driver was the second carjacking victim in our neighborhood on Saturday.

Around 4AM, a woman’s Nissan Versa was taken near Belmont and Lakewood by a man who implied that he had a weapon.

Our original report on that crime is here.
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36 comments:

  1. Never keep weapon in center console...Holster at all times. Exit the vehicle, weapon comes with you.

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    1. Exactly, it does you no good in the console. If I drove for Uber I'd have it in a shirt holster so it would be accessible even while sitting in the car.

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    2. Uber is a gun free environment is it not?

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    3. Yes, it's gun free but this is Chicago.

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    4. This is a good argument for the "smart" gun. There were three guns stolen this weekend from Police Officers. They need to get that smart gun immediately.

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  2. I can't even wail about how terrible this all is anymore. I'm finally accepting this crime saturation as the new normal. This family is moving. Staying means just waiting your turn to inevitably become a victim while paying exorbitant taxes while you wait for it to happen.

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    1. Buy a gun get a CCL and have your gun on your person. Problem solved.

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    2. I did both. Still moving. 😉

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    3. if living in chicago means always being prepared for a gunfight, then who would want to live here? problem not solved.

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    4. New normal is an understatement. These are the early adapters.
      Not all the predators are coming to feed yet.

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    5. That hardly solves it all. just ask the off duty cop that was robbed the other day. These scumbags had the element of surprise and this cop got robbed and had his gun taken too. So it's not like it can't happen because one is carrying a gun. And besides robberies and such ya can't even leave the window open to get a bit of air without worrying someone will cut the screen climb in and brazenly steal when the homeowner is in the residence. Who wants to live that way. And taxes will keep going up. A CCL might make people feel safer but it's hardly assurance the individual will never be the victim of a crime. With crime everywhere who wants to be looking over their shoulder all the time, better to move to a safer city.

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    6. We loved the idea of raising our kids to be 'city' kids - whatever that means when you live in an expensive city condo BUT that said, it's not worth the risk and the kids went to private schools anyhow, costing us a fortune. We sold and moved to Lincolnshire. It's suburbia but it's safe and the schools are top notch. Our house was cheaper than our city condo - but we did buy a second car.

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    7. @11:59 PM
      BRILLIANT!
      ...and you've what...neglected to read about or just flat-ass disregarded the legally armed citizens (including a cop), who've been victims?
      Love the one-and-done solution.
      Just brilliant.

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    8. Dam you for letting every one know about out our slice of heaven in Lincolnshire. Now all the hipsters will start moving up here and our bicycles trails and Starbucks will be over run. Thank God you did not tell them gas and cigarettes are cheaper to.

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    9. We love city living....but are also thinking about selling the condo and moving to Jefferson Park or Niles. Hate to even say that out loud, but we are sick & tired of the crime.

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  3. This is out of control, how are these roving bands of thugs going undetected and getting away? Digusting.

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    1. The only known deterrent is to throw job applications at them.

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  4. At least 50% of Uberx and Lyft drivers have a criminal history and this is why they are resisting criminal checks.

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    1. Care to share your source? Also, explain how your statement is relevant to the story reported.

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    2. Too bad the victim didn't have concealed carry.

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    3. I don't know about that 50% statistic, but a lot of Uber drivers are not the designated drivers. They are the boyfriend of or sister of someone who is.

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  5. Do CAPS meetings still exist? Are readers of this blog still attending them? I haven't seen any mention if CAPS here in a LONG time.

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    1. Yes. And they are just as worthless as always.

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    2. Correction. Yes. And they are just as worthless as they have been for the past 10 years. (They were actually useful and effective in the 1990s)

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    3. I was a member of the Foster av. 20th. dist. Police Explorers Club back in 1977. I was 14 years old. Most tax paying citizens of Chicago loved the police. Those were real coppers back then. They were able to uphold the laws. And they did. Proudly.

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  6. I'm no detective, but they stole a car from the Uber driver, stole his dark SUV, then held up the cop (below). Yes?

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    1. Cop was robbed two hours before the Uber carjacking. That doesn't mean it's not the same people, of course.

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    2. I only hope there's cameras of all this. I have a feeling the police know who these people are and can ID them they just can't catch them.

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    3. Also uber driver was just outside his running car and offender simply took advantage of a easy theft

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  7. I wonder how Uber feels about drivers packing heat? I've got a feeling that they won't be okay with this.

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    1. Uber doesn't care. As long as they are making tons of $$$ and don't receive too much negative publicity - they are working their biz model. Have you ever heard their CEO spout his nonsense?

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  8. Does the Infiniti SUV have Lo-jack or some other tracking system installed? Also, if his phone was still in the car, maybe it has a "find my phone" app on it?

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    1. The thugs disable the find my phone app IMMEDIATELY.

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    2. Then you should not live there. Living in Chicago is a dangerous game. Best of luck. They are attacking every where while the never ending gang game of street ownership never ends. Fuck that place.

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  9. The "additional" police officers Rahm claims he's going to fund -- will any be detectives to actually have time to look into solve these crimes, does anyone know?

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  10. I drive for Uber usually Friday and Saturday night usually until 4 am. I have a concealed carry handgun with me but it's in a IWB holster. Leaving it in a console or glove box is not a smart move.

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