WEST TOWN — A couple was carjacked and robbed of their Volkswagen SUV at gunpoint just after parking it early Sunday morning in West Town — and the crime was captured on a surveillance camera.
It happened at about 12:15 a.m. Sunday in the 2000 block of West Huron Street. Security camera footage provided to Block Club by a neighbor captures a couple parking their car, a Volkswagen Tiguan, and then walking away.
About 20 seconds later, four people — one of whom appears to be rifling through a wallet or purse in the far left of the screen — quickly hop into the car and drive away.
The robbery and the victims running away happened just off screen.
The victim posted about the carjacking on Sunday on a neighborhood watch Facebook page. She said the four people who stole her and her husband’s car, as well as their wallets and her purse, were estimated to be in their late teens.
After the victim and her husband dropped their wallets and her purse, a man holding a gun told them to “turn around and run, I’m going to count to three and shoot,” the victim told Block Club.
“We started running east down Huron and they fired … I assume it was in the air and they were just trying to get us to keep running so they could get in the car,” she said.
Officer Michelle Tannehill, a Chicago Police spokeswoman, confirmed that a 31-year-old woman and a 29-year-old man reported that they parked their car, and as they exited, two men approached, showed a weapon and demanded the keys to their vehicle and personal property.
Tannehill said the victims’ 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan was later seen traveling west on Huron Street.
The car is a compact crossover SUV and it’s unclear whether it has been located yet.
Though the police report said two men were involved in the carjacking, the victim confirmed to Block Club they were robbed by four people, not two, and they made that fact clear when they filed their report.
No detailed description of the four carjackers was available from police.