Victim of violent West Loop carjacking caught on camera speaks out

Chicago police are searching for a suspect wanted in an aggravated carjacking that occurred in the West Loop last month.

The incident occurred around 5:15 p.m. on Sept. 3 in the 1100 block of West Van Buren Street.

A puppy – named Bella – was in the car during the carjacking and has not yet been found. Bella's owner, Liliana, says the reason she fought back so hard against the carjacker was because her 5-month-old Shih Tzu was in the Jeep.

"The guy came to me and started kicking me in the throat," the 54-year-old victim said. "This is my finger, it’s broken. This one was hurt too. I have bruises on the back of my arms."


Liliana had her car key in her pocket, and it eventually fell out and that’s when the suspect drove away with Liliana still inside with the passenger side door open.

Eventually, the suspect pushed Liliana out of the vehicle into a nearby alley.

"When he was driving, I asked him if he wanted money. I will go to the ATM and give you what you want," the victim said.

The 5-month-old puppy is microchipped, but hasn’t been seen since September 3, 2022 — more than a month ago.

"The way I lost my little baby, she was part of my family. She was my only company. I have been crying a lot for her," Liliana said.

Chicago police say the offender is described as an African-American male between the ages of 15 and 25. The person is roughly 160 to 190 pounds and was wearing a yellow Nike hooded sweatshirt, black pants and blue shoes.

Anyone with information on this crime is asked to contact Area Three detectives at (312) 744-8261.

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