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Logan Square residents shaken after multiple car hijackings in recent days – NBC Chicago

Residents of a Chicago community say they are disappointed with the police response time after a 72-year-old man was driven away at gunpoint on Sunday night.

Authorities said the man was leaving a family member’s home with his two dogs just before 8 p.m. in the Logan Square neighborhood when two car thieves started heading his way.

In a scene captured on surveillance video, the victim was walking towards his black Jeep Grand Cherokee and he was assaulted by two men.

“They pulled out a pistol, pointed it at the windshield and dragged it outside,” said the victim’s daughter, who asked not to be identified. “They pointed the cannon to the side of his head.”

According to a police alert, the suspects set off in the vehicle, one of four separate car hijackings that police say are linked to the same people.

The man’s daughter says the two dogs, which were in the car at the time, were also almost stolen.

“He begged them not to take the dogs, and they threw the dogs out of the car,” she said. “I’m grateful that they allowed this, because I’m afraid it would have been a different story.”

Another video clip shows neighbors frantically calling 911, but they say help didn’t arrive until long after the thieves had left.

“We waited almost 50 minutes,” said neighbor Will Phelan. “It’s not PD’s fault. They don’t have the resources. If they don’t have people to send, they don’t have them. We waited almost an hour.

“We were scared. I was terrified,” the victim’s daughter said. “My father had a gun barrel hitting the side of his head.”

Neighbors in the 2700 block of North Mozart have echoed calls for more police presence in the area.

“This is the second carjacking on the street,” said Phelan. “We contacted CPD and our city councilor to request simple changes. “

Ald. Scott Waguespack stopped in the neighborhood after the thefts and said he was working to meet demands from his constituents.

“I think the police think their hands are tied and parts of the government are not working together,” he said. “This is our biggest problem.”

Meanwhile, a family is shocked and scared after the violent robbery.

“I am afraid to put my children in the car,” said the victim’s daughter. “It’s not a good feeling.”

NBC Chicago

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