Carjacker armed with assault rifle strikes 3 times in 8 hours

CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) - Chicago Police are searching for a man who brandished an assault rifle while hijacking three separate vehicles Saturday on the Northwest Side.

The first carjacking happened about 11:45 a.m. in the 2700 block of North Western Avenue, followed by incidents at 4:35 p.m. in the 3000 block of North Sawyer and 8:15 p.m. in the 2600 block of North Elston, according to a community alert from Shakespeare District police.

The hijacker is described as a black man between 25 and 42 years old, standing between 5-foot-11 and 6-foot-4 and weighing about 175 pounds. He was wearing a maroon or burgundy cardigan over a brown polo shirt and gray sweatpants, police said.

In at least one instance, he wore a black baseball cap, and in another, a beige, floppy fishing hat.

Anyone with information should call Area North detectives at (312) 744-8263.

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