CHICAGO — An investigation is underway after thieves stole a car from a woman after holding her at gunpoint outside of her home on the city’s Far South Side last week, police say.
According to Chicago police, it all unfolded just before 9 p.m. on Thursday in the 9300 Block of South Pleasant Avenue in the city’s Beverly neighborhood.
The victim and her 12-year-old daughter were arriving home from a volleyball open gym when she was targeted by two thieves.
“I thought that they might have been my son’s friends because they had hoods up and they looked young and they were kind of lanky.” the victim, Michele Pettiford, said. “And I started to kind of like, almost go towards them, because he wasn’t home at the time, and then they started, like, running at me with guns.”
Police say two men held the victim up at gunpoint and pushed her to the ground before demanding car keys. According to police, the men then took the victim’s belongings and fled the scene in the stolen car, heading eastbound.
The encounter, which was caught on the family’s surveillance camera, shows the moment the woman was thrown to the ground before her husband’s car was stolen.
Nobody was injured in the robbery and police say no arrests have been made.
Anyone with information that could help authorities in their investigation is asked to call Area Two Detectives at 312-747-8271.
Tips for police can also be filed at CPDtip.com. Tips can be left anonymously.
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