The suspects are considered armed and dangerous, police say
By Jessica D’Onofrio, ABC7 News
Chicago police have released new video Thursday showing people they say are involved in a string of carjackings and armed robberies as police try to keep up with the recent surge in carjackings.
More than 120 carjackings have been committed since the beginning of this year, according to police.
The newly released video shows the victim sitting in a parked car around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday in the 200-block of South Wacker Drive as another car pulls up just ahead and stops. The vehicle can then be seen backing up and a man hops out of the passenger’s side with a gun and carjacks the victim.
The 31-year-old rideshare driver said they had just dropped off a passenger in front of the Willis Tower when the incident took place, according to police.
The two cars then drive off, leaving the man standing with hands up as if to say “don’t shoot.”
Chicago Police said these suspects are linked to other crimes over the past week in the city and suburbs and believe they are using the stolen cars to then rob businesses. They are are also suspects in various shootings on the West Side.
In each incident, the men use vehicles taken in previous armed robberies to commit their crimes.
In one robbery Sunday, that was also captured on video, you can see two men crawling through a Dunkin Donuts drive-thru window in the 5600-block of South Harlem Avenue.
Police said they believe the offenders are linked to armed robberies in Summit, Maywood, Matteson, Palos Heights, Oak Forest, and Oak Park. The robberies are happening during the 6-7 a.m. hours as people are going to work.
CPD said these offenders are also suspects in shooting incidents and should be considered armed and dangerous.
Police believe there are three to four men in the group, and said they wear black clothing and masks.
One Chicago alderman now planning to host an online forum with police as people become more and more concerned about these attacks.
CPD is expected to hold a news conference at 4 p.m. Thursday to talk about what police are doing to combat this surge of carjackings.
Chicago Police have also issued a warning to residents on the Northwest Side after a series of carjackings near Humboldt Park.
At least four incidents have been reported this month at three different locations.
Police said there are as many as four suspects — two men and two teenage girls who order a ride-share or taxi then attack the driver and steal the car.
A man was also carjacked in another brazen attack Wednesday night just a few blocks from Chicago Police Headquarters in Bronzeville.
Police said a man was purchasing items from the service window of a gas station at 31st Street and Michigan Avenue when someone jumped out of a vehicle and pointed a gun at him before stealing his Mercedes and cell phone.
Two people were carjacked Thursday morning in the city’s Logan Square neighborhood.
Police said the two victims, a man and woman, were in their vehicle in the alley in 3100-block of N. Kimball Avenue just after 6:10 Thursday morning before going to work. That’s when a black Honda CRV with a female driver drove up behind them and two armed men jumped out and approached the parked vehicle. The offenders then demanded the vehicle and the woman’s personal property before taking off in the victim’s car.
No injures were reported and no one is in custody, police said. Area Five detectives are investigating.
A woman averted a carjacking Thursday morning in Jefferson Park.
The 52-year-old woman said she was inside her vehicle in the 5400-block of North Melvina Avenue around 5:45 a.m. when four men inside a dark blue sedan approached. One of the men got out of the sedan and opened the victim’s driver side door and demanded she get out, according to police. Police said the woman refused and started sounding the car horn. The man then got back into the waiting sedan without any of the victim’s property before fleeing northbound on Melvina then easbound onto West Foster Aveune, police said.
The woman delinced medical attention and Area Five detectives are investigating.
At least six people were carjacked in Chicago Tuesday evening into Wednesday in Chicago.
The victims include a man unloading groceries in Jefferson Park, an Uber driver in South Shore, a woman in Roseland and two drivers in the Loop.
Carjackings in Chicago have risen dramatically in the last year. In 2020, carjackings more than doubled over the previous year as police set up a task force to tackle the issue.
A police spokeswoman was unable to say if the carjackings were related.
This article originally appeared on ABC7 News.