Late yesterday afternoon, November 7th, about 4:33pm, Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the 900 block of Ogden Road, New Lenox Township, regarding a car hijacking. The 40-year-old male victim stated that he had posted an ad to sell his girlfriend’s 2014 Kia Optima on numerous websites. He was contacted by a female who expressed interest in purchasing the vehicle and they set up a time to meet. The female stated that she would be sending a male individual to meet at the victim’s house at 4:30pm.
At the agreed time, three male black subjects arrived at the home in a white late-model Dodge Challenger with blue stripes. Two of the subjects were described as approximately 20 years old, tall with thin builds, wearing jeans and hooded sweatshirts. The victim was unable to describe the third subject.
Victim stated that he showed the Kia to the subjects and then was asked to take a test drive. The victim entered the passenger seat, while one subject drove, the other got in the backseat. A brief test drive was completed and upon returning to the residence the victim was asked to take the subjects to the bank to complete a wire transfer for the vehicle. While in the area of W. Woodlawn and S. Pine, the driver stopped the vehicle, told the victim to empty his pockets, and then felt what he believed to be a firearm pressed to the back of his head. The victim complied and was told to get out of the vehicle. As the car took off the victim was struck by the open door. Victim stated he also observed the Dodge Challenger fleeing the area, with the Kia, down Woodlawn Road.
The victim refused medical attention. All police agencies were notified of the car hijacking. Detectives believe the vehicle may have been in the Hazel Crest area. This incident remains under investigation.
If anyone has any information regarding this incident they are asked to call the Will County Sheriff’s Office at 815-727-8575. -end-