Two Carjackings Target River North: One Attempted Carjacker Fails To Steal BMW, Another Successfully Steals Jeep

Bernie Tafoya
February 21, 2020 - 7:50 am

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Carjackers took to the River North neighborhood last night in separate incidents and, in one case, came up empty-handed.

In the first incident, someone fired a gun while trying unsuccessfully to steal a man’s car Thursday after the driver refused to hand over the keys to his BMW M5.

At around 9:43 p.m. in the 700 block of North Hudson Avenue, a male got out of a nearby Dodge Challenger, pulled out a gun and approached the 28-year-old BMW driver, demanding his keys, Chicago police said.

The man refused, at which point the suspect fired a round into the air, police said. The man then handed over his keys and ran away.

The suspect got into the BMW, but was unable to drive it, police said. He left it there, got back into the Dodge and drove away. There may have been an accomplice with him in the Dodge, police said.

Then, a little over an hour later, two people stole a man’s Jeep at gunpoint after rear-ending it in River North.

The white 2014 Jeep SRT was stopped at a light about 11 p.m. in the 300 block of West Ontario Street when it was rear-ended by a dark-brown Volvo, police said.

When the Jeep’s driver, a 42-year-old man, stepped out to check for damage, two people in ski masks got out of the Volvo and pointed a gun at him, police said. One climbed into the Jeep and drove off, while the other went back to the Volvo and fled.

No injuries were reported in either incident, police said. No one is in custody as Area Central detectives investigate.

Contributing: Sun-Times Media Wire