Woman, 2-year-old daughter carjacked in Wicker Park: police

Chicago Crime

CHICAGO — A woman was was carjacked in Wicker Park while she was with her 2-year-old daughter, according to Chicago police.

Ariana Morales, 32, and her daughter were sitting in a car around 11:40 p.m. Wednesday on the 1200 block of North Hoyne Avenue when two men approached the car, a 2017 Cadillac sedan.

Morales told WGN News it was part of her routine to pick up her husband from work at Folklore Restaurant where he works as a cook.

“I was just waiting for him,” she said. “He was about to come out.”

Her 2-year-old daughter Samara was in the backseat.

“The next thing I know is they were smashing my window and they were asking me for money,” she said. “The second guy put the knife in my face. It was really scary. And my baby saw everything so she was like ‘Mommy! Mommy!’ And she was crying.”

Police say the group used a baseball bat to break the car’s window  as they ordered Morales out of the car.

Morales was able to get her daughter before the group took off with her car.

Folklore’s General Manager Paulo Villabona said even before this carjacking he was worried about the risk for his employees and their families.

“Obviously this has been an escalating issue in our city,” he said. “And I know my industry can be particularly vulnerable to these types of situations because of the hours that we work.”

Morales hopes her story can help keep others safe.

“I just want to tell people to be very careful out there and be alert,” she said.

Morales said she found her car and police are still looking for the people who took it.

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