In just 30 seconds, a Ukrainian Village man had the scare of his life as three armed men stole his vehicle in a brazen robbery inside of his own garage.
At approximately 7 p.m. Tuesday night, Brad Fahs pulled into his garage when three men appeared and announced a robbery.
“That’s when the three people came,” he said. “One grabbed me, one put a gun to my head, and hopped in the passenger side door. They demanded I give them my keys. I gave them my wallet, my phone, and the whole nine yards. That’s when they took my car and left.”
He recalls that as he was driving into the alley behind his Wood Street home that three men were walking, but he thought little of it.
After the terror of the incident subsided, Fahs still remembers one sensation: the feeling of the gun on the back of his head.
“It was in the back of my head,” he said. “It was terrifying at the moment. I’m still getting the jitters.”
The car that the thieves stole, Fahs’ work car, was later recovered in the Lawndale neighborhood in the 3500 block of West Douglas early Wednesday morning.
Police are working to determine if the vehicle was used in as many as five robberies in the short time that the thieves had it.
Now, Fahs is hoping he can help police, and the community, identify the thieves and bring them to justice.
“One of the guys had a tattoo, but it happened so quickly, I didn’t want to make eye contact with them,” he said.
One week prior and just two blocks away on the 700 block of Wolcott, a 25-year-old woman was approached by two armed men as she got out of her car.
She struggled with the assailants, but they eventually got away with her vehicle.
It’s unclear if the two carjackings are related, but it’s a useful reminder for residents to be vigilant.
Fahs is definitely more aware of his surroundings there, but he’s grateful that his compliant attitude helped keep him safe.
“I don’t think I’d do anything differently,” he said. “I got away with my life. That’s what matters.”