Chicago police are issuing an alert after a series of carjackings on the city’s Near North Side over the last month.
According to police, a total of four incidents have been reported between March 24 and April 15, all of which involved a dark grey SUV that was used as a getaway vehicle during the hijackings in the Lincoln Park neighborhood.
Police say that the assailants approach the victims and announce a robbery, and threaten to assault the victims if they don’t comply. One of the robbers then steals the vehicle, while the others jump into the SUV and escape the scene.
The incidents have occurred:
- March 24, 2200 block of North Lincoln Avenue, in the evening hours (Lincoln Park)
- March 24, 2200 block of North Lincoln Park West, in the evening hours
- March 25, 2300 block of North Cleveland Avenue, in the morning hours
- April 15, 2100 block of North Fremont Street, in the evening hours
In each incident, the assailants have escaped in a grey SUV, but a license plate or make and model on the vehicle is unavailable.
The suspects are described as African-American males, between the ages of 16 and 25, but no further description is available at this time.
Police encourage residents to remain aware of their surroundings, and to remain calm if confronted by an assailant.
Anyone with information on the thefts is encouraged to call 911, or the Area Central Detectives Bureau at 312-747-8380.