Man Carjacked Outside Wit Hotel

Police are searching for two suspects who hijacked a man's car Wednesday in the Loop

By Alise Blunk and Christian Farr
|  Wednesday, Oct 26, 2011  |  Updated 10:16 PM CDT
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Edwin Rodriguez was injured during a carjacking outside the Wit hotel early Wednesday morning.

Edwin Rodriguez was injured during a carjacking outside the Wit hotel early Wednesday morning.

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Victim Describes Downtown Carjacking

Edwin Rodriguez was injured during a carjacking outside the Wit hotel early Wednesday morning.
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An 18-year-old Chicago man is in pain but said he's "getting better" after he was dragged down the street by a pair of carjackers stealing his brother's car.

Edwin Rodriguez was in the car waiting for his brother to get off of work at theWit hotel, at 201 N. State St., when he said someone came up to the car and told him had a flat tire.

When Rodriguez got out of the car to check, he said he heard the car start. That's when he reached inside and grabbed the door handle as the thief drove off. Rodriguez said he was dragged about a block, from State Street to Wabash Avenue, before the car slowed, he let go, and the thief's accomplice jumped in the car.

"It's strange for anything like that to happen. I don't really see that, especially downtown next to the Wit or something like that," Rodriguez said during a midday interview at his home. He's got several stitches, a torn ligament in his foot and three broken teeth.

Police continue to search for the vehicle -- a dark silver 2004 Infiniti G35 -- and its robbers. Rodriguez said he got a good look at the thieves and surveillance video from the hotel may help find them.

"I'm pretty sure [the police] are going to catch them. All I've got to say is karma's a bitch," said Rodriguez.

His description of the thieves was vague, only that they were two black males. One was wearing a leather jacket, he said.

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