River North parking attendant tries to stop carjacking
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(Above) Google Street View of Mid-City Parking, a parking lot at Huron & Franklin Streets.

12-Apr-17 – A parking attendant acted quickly and tried to prevent a carjacking at his lot in River North but was out-voted by the carjacker’s knife.

No one was injured but a 2014 Mercedes-Benz ML350 was taken from Mid-City Parking on West Huron Street.

The incident happened on March 20. At 4:48 p.m., a 53-year-old woman was getting into her car when a man approached from behind and shouted “gimme your keys” three times. According to Chicago police, she threw a water bottle at him and, fearing for her life, gave him her keys.

The 49-year-old parking attendant, who police did not identify, heard the woman screaming and saw the man get into the Mercedes. The attendant opened the door on the front passenger side and tried to take the keys out of the ignition but the carjacker pulled out a knife and tried to stab the attendant. He jumped out and the man with the knife drove away with the vehicle.

He turned west onto Huron Street, south on Orleans Street, and took the Ohio Feeder Ramp toward the Kennedy Expressway.

Also taken was an Apple Macbook Pro in a Tumi briefcase.

A witness who was walking west on Huron Street told police the carjacker jumped over a fence, stood between two parked cars, and watched the victim walk to her car.

The suspect is described as black, six-feet-two-inches tall, 175 pounds, and 30 to 45 years old.

By Steven Dahlman | Loop North News | sdahlman@loopnorth.com

Published 12-Apr-17 3:59 AM

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