CHICAGO (CBS) — A 72-year-old woman was the victim of a car jacking in Chicago, the latest in a rash of them in the city.
She was outside of a school in the 4900 block of West Montrose, waiting to pick up her grandchildren and reading a bible.
Tracy Baldwin, daughter of carjack victim. said: “Where else can you feel safe? If you can’t feel safe outside a church and school, where else can you feel safe in the city?”
Baldwin says her 72-year-old mom was parked right next to the playground at St John’s Lutheran Church and school on Thursday, waiting to pick up her grandkids. That’s when a car pulled up in front of her.
An armed suspect approached and demanded that she get out of her car, CBS 2’s Roseanne Tellez reports.
Police say a male black suspect, 18- to 22-years old, exited a small silver hatchback style vehicle with a gun pointed at the victim. A second suspect remained in small silver hatchback.
The victim got out of vehicle and the gunman took her purse and drove away in her car.
Both vehicles fled scene northbound towards Montrose.
If the attack happened 30 minutes later, the kids would have been in the car.
“I don’t even want to think about that,” Baldwin said
The woman was not injured during the incident.
The victim – who’s too frightened to be shown on camera – was sympathetic to the carjacker.
“She even called [the suspect] good-looking and said his hand was shaking and he seemed nervous and so she felt bad for him,” Baldwin said.
The crime is the latest in a series of carjackings in the city. Also on Friday, Chicago police warned residents of Jefferson Park of three such crimes in the past five days.
They happened in the 5600 block of West Byron on January 14, 2018 at 3:30 p.m.; the 5100 block of West Warwick on January 15, 2018 at 2:55 a.m.; and the 4300 block of North Lavergne on January 18, 2018 at 2:05 p.m.