CHICAGO — At least three more carjackings happened in the city overnight — one of which involved an off-duty Chicago police officer.
In the North Kenwood neighborhood, four men confronted a 38-year-old officer at gunpoint as she got out of her Lexus near 44th Street and Oakenwald Avenue. They stole her cellphone and purse, which had her gun inside. The suspects then drove off.
The car was found abandoned a short time later near 56th Street and Princeton Avenue. The woman was not hurt.
On the 1500 block of West Granville Avenue, police said a 29-year-old man was securing his car around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday when he was approached by two men. One of the men pulled out a handgun and pointed it toward the man’s body and told him to give him the keys to the car.
Police said the man complied. The offenders jumped into the man’s vehicle and fled the scene. Police said the car’s last known direction of travel was southbound on Lake Shore Drive. The man was not injured.
On the 900 block of West Washington Avenue, a 39-year-old man was delivering food around 10 p.m. Tuesday when a man exited a silver SUV and threw the man to the ground. The offender then fled in delivery man’s car. He was not injured.
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No one was taken into custody in any of the incidents. Police are investigating.
Officials say the number of carjackings in the city have reached 185. Police have added 40 officers and four supervisors to a carjacking task force.
Officials are warning the public to be mindful of their surroundings — which includes not leaving the car running when you’re not inside.
Law enforcement experts are weighing in to try to solve the crisis.
Duane Deskins, a former federal prosecutor in Cleveland and Boston, says the State’s Attorney’s Office should draw a hard line — no leniency for underage people caught with a firearm.
“You’ve got to make it clear that when we catch you, the consequences will not be good and you will not be going back into the streets at any age,” said Deskins.
Phillip Andrew, a former FBI agent, says the city should lean more on federal partners.
“I think of the important things that the federal partners can provide is additional resources, actual manpower to go through some of the investigative piece that could allow CPD to be more in the prevention deployment,” he said.
It seems everyone’s trying to come up with solutions Aldermen are hosting a community forums and there are groups helping protect people at gas stations. We reached out to Cook County States Attorney Kim Foxx on this story but did not hear back.