Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Exclusive: North Side carjacking crew strikes two more times on Tuesday

Approximate locations of the crew's crimes.
A two-man carjacking crew that struck in Lakeview and Andersonville on Monday returned on Tuesday night with robbery attempts in Lincoln Park and North Center. They remain on the loose.

Police said a Lincoln Park man was driving near the 2500 block of North Bosworth when his car was bumped from behind by a white Jeep Cherokee around 9 p.m. on Tuesday. Two masked men emerged from the car and demanded his keys, but when he didn’t turn them over, one of the men pulled out a silver handgun and reached into the victim's pocket to take his cellphone. The victim ran into his home and the two robbers sped away in the Jeep, police said.

Then, around 9:20 p.m., a 28-year-old woman was looking for a parking space in the 2100 block of West Belle Plaine when her car was bumped from behind by a white Jeep Cherokee. Once again, two masked men jumped out of the Jeep. They approached the woman, implied that they had weapons, and demanded her car. But the woman refused to give them her keys. The offenders returned to the Jeep and drove away empty-handed after the woman started crying, police said.

The Jeep Cherokee was taken during an armed carjacking in the Andersonville neighborhood on Monday afternoon. 

According to information provided by police, a man and his partner were driving near Paulina Street and Farragut Avenue around 1:15 p.m. Monday when they were rear-ended by a dark-colored Dodge Charger.


The occupants of the Charger emerged from their car with handguns drawn. Both occupants of the victims’ car were forced from the SUV and robbed. One of the gunmen then got into their vehicle and drove away northbound on Paulina, according to reports. The second offender followed in the Charger.

Police said the Charger was also used in the crew’s first know carjacking early Monday. In that case, a 30-year-old victim was sitting inside his parked car in the 800 block of West George Street when two men pulled up in a purple Dodge Charger. Both offenders exited the Charger with handguns drawn and told the man to get out of his car or he would be shot, according to a police spokesman.

After the victim got out of his car, the offenders patted him down, then told him to walk away. He then ran to the Wellington Brown Line station for help.

Taken in the Lakeview carjacking was a white 2014 Toyota Camry LE with a license plate that begins with 9499.

Tuesday’s victims described the offenders as two black males between 17- and 21-years-old who stand 5’7” to 5’10” tall. They are slender, have short hair, and wore dark clothing including hoodies and masks.

Previous Coverage

Carjacking near "Viagra Triangle" is 3rd reported on North Side yesterday (August 28th)

Andersonville, Lakeview carjackings may be connected, police source says (August 28th)

Gunmen carjack man in Lakeview early Monday (August 27th)
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