Evanston police say two residents were the victims of midday carjackings in southeast Evanston this week.
Police Cmdr. Ryan Glew says the first incident happened in the 500 block of Judson Ave. about 12:54 p.m. on Sunday.
A 50-year-old resident of the block told officers that he’d been sitting in his 2018 silver Volvo when he was approached by a man wearing a black face mask and a black hoodie who ordered him to get out of the car.
The robber, who appeared to be between 18 and 25 years old, gestured toward his waistband, implying he had a weapon, but did not display one.
Glew says the victim got out of the car and the robber hopped in and drove off heading south on Judson and then east on South Boulevard.
That car was recovered about 6 p.m. on Sunday on 83rd Street in Chicago where it had been involved in a crash. When Chicago police arrived, Glew says, nobody was in the vehicle.
The second incident occurred Monday about 11:13 a.m. in the 400 block of Main Street.
A 74-year-old woman had parked in her assigned space at her apartment building and was unloading groceries from her 2020 silver Honda Pilot when a man pressed a hard object into her back that may have been a weapon and said, “Give me your money and keys.”
She complied, and the man drove off westbound on Main Street. That car has not been recovered.
She described the man as being in his 20s and about 5-foot-6-inches tall, wearing a black face mask and a dark hooded sweater.
Glew says that to reduce the risk of becoming a carjacking victim residents should be aware of their surroundings and be extra vigilant at this time. “If something appears suspicious,” he added, “try to avoid the area and and call the police.”
No suspects are in custody in either incident.