An investigation is underway after an Uber driver was violently robbed in New Lenox. The victim arrived in the 16-hundred block of Eagle Circle on Tuesday morning waiting for a passenger when a stolen white Hyundai Accent approached and two males armed with handguns and wearing masks approached the victim. They removed him from the vehicle and hit in the head with a firearm. His wallet and cell phone were stolen, but the suspects failed to steal his vehicle. The victim was treated at the hospital for a head injury. The Hyundai was later involved in a pursuit with Illinois State Police in the Lawndale Neighborhood area of Chicago. Three juveniles (1 male and 2 female) and an 18-year-old adult male, ran from the vehicle. They were apprehended, taken into custody, and later interviewed by investigators. The investigation is ongoing.
New Lenox press release below:
At approximately 6:15 a.m. June 20th, the NLPD responded to a report of an Aggravated Vehicular Hijacking in the 1600 block of Eagle Circle. The victim, an Uber driver, arrived in New Lenox to pick up a customer. While the Uber Driver was parked and waiting, a white Hyundai Accent sedan approached the victim. Two male subjects exited the Hyundai wearing masks and armed with handguns. They demanded the victim’s car and removed him from the vehicle. During the robbery, the victim was struck in the head with a firearm by one of the offenders, and his wallet and cell phone were stolen. The two offenders attempted to flee the area in the victim’s vehicle, a Toyota Venza. A third offender, who was the driver of the Hyundai, never
exited that vehicle. The two offenders who stole the victim’s car had difficulty operating it and abandoned the vehicle a few houses down from where the robbery occurred. It was later learned the white Hyundai that the three offenders drove to New Lenox in was stolen out of Chicago yesterday. The offenders fled the area in the stolen Hyundai. The victim is being treated at Silver Cross Hospital for a head injury. The victim’s cell phone was later recovered along Route 30 in New Lenox.
There is no connection between the Uber caller and the offenders.
The investigation into this incident is on-going. Anyone with additional information, Ring Camera footage, or knowing the identity of these offenders is asked to contact the NLPD.