A 72-year-old grandmother, waiting to pick up her grandchildren next to a school playground in Chicago on Thursday, was one of the latest victims in a string of car thefts in the city.
CBS Chicago reports that the incident occurred off of the 4900 block of West Montrose, close to the playground at St. John’s Lutheran Church and School. According to the victim, an armed man approached her and demanded that she get out of her car. As the suspect pointed a gun at her, another man, inside a silver hatchback car, waited behind them.
According to authorities, the suspect stole a white 2010 Toyota Camry with Illinois license plate, K82 8739. When the woman got out of the car, the suspect snatched her purse out of her hands before fleeing in the vehicle, according to the Chicago Sun Times.
“Where else can you feel safe? If you can’t feel safe outside a church and school, where else can you feel safe in the city?” Tracy Baldwin, the victim’s daughter, asked CBS Chicago.
The suspect is described as a black male around 18 to 22 years old. Baldwin said her mother was too nervous to speak publicly about the incident, but described the suspect as “good looking.”
“She even called [the suspect] good-looking and said his hand was shaking and he seemed nervous and so she felt bad for him.”
The victim wasn’t injured during the incident, but had it occurred around a half an hour later, her grandchildren would have been in the car with her.
“I don’t even want to think about that,” Baldwin said.
Anyone with any information is urged to contact authorities.
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