CHICAGO - Police reported this morning that a vehicle was carjacked and the occupants were robbed of personal belongings while stopped on Lake Shore Drive during Mexican Independence Day celebrations in the city.
Details on the incident are relatively slim but police said that five victims walked into the 10th District station around 3:15 a.m. to report an armed robbery and carjacking on Lake Shore Drive early this morning. The 10th District Station is in the Lawndale neighborhood, just west of Douglas Park.
According to the victims, they were stopped on the 1400 block of S. Lake Shore Drive, a section that runs the museum campus near the Field Museum, while they were celebrating Mexican Independence Day in the city. Celebrations that effectively shut down Lake Shore Drive and other parts of downtown.
One would think the sheer amount of people in the vicinity would deter any armed criminals but this is Chicago, after all.
The victims reported to police that an armed offender approached them in their 2011 Nissan Rogue and demanded they exit the vehicle. The armed offender reportedly also took several necklaces from two of the victims and fled southbound in the Nissan.
There were no injuries reported. Area detectives are investigating.
Below is a selection of what was happening on Lake Shore Drive and elsewhere, through the evening, for context.
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