Chicago has been plagued by car theft crimes in recent years, and now a video has emerged that showcases just how heartbreaking the experience can be for a victim.
A shocking video from Chicago shows a brazen carjacking at gunpoint, highlighting the ongoing issue of car theft in the city.
Surveillance footage (obtained by the Daily Mail) captures the moment a man sitting in a parked car becomes the target of armed assailants who arrive in two other vehicles and block his path at an intersection on September 2nd.
The man attempts to escape with his car but finds himself trapped. One of the suspects exits his vehicle and points his gun at the driver. The armed men from the second vehicle also jump out and converge on the motorist.
While we cannot hear what they are saying, it is clear that the suspects are ordering the man to exit his vehicle so they can steal it.
In the end, that is exactly what happens. The criminals drive off in their own cars, as well as the one they just stole from the driver, leaving him stranded upside down in the middle of the street.
Fortunately, the man was not hit by passing traffic. He managed to get up and flee the scene, but he did not report the terrifying incident to the Chicago police.
Car thefts have been a constant problem in the Windy City, which saw a surge in such crimes at the beginning of the pandemic. The Chicago police created a task force to address the problem, and vehicle theft numbers have recently declined. However, scenes like this demonstrate that there is still much work to be done.