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Bill Jones, Editor
6:29 pm CDT October 18, 2018

Police are searching for a man who allegedly took a woman’s car at gunpoint in the parking lot of an Orland Park restaurant and fled the scene, and then struck a construction worker and a police officer while taking another vehicle in Oak Forest.

The man — described as black, in his early 20s, between 5-foot-8 and 6 feet tall, with a medium build, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and black pants — approached a woman around 11:58 a.m. Oct. 18 in the lot in the 7800 block of 159th Street, after she exited a 2016 Dodge Charger, according to a press release issued the same day by the Orland Park Police Department.

He displayed a handgun, demanded a purse and the keys to the vehicle, entered the vehicle and fled the scene eastbound on 159th Street, police said.

There were two victims involved in the incident: a 57-year-old male and an 89-year-old female, according to Orland Park Police Cmdr. Tony Farrell. Neither of them were injured, he said.

But shortly after the Orland Park incident, the vehicle reportedly was involved in a crash at the intersection of 159th Street and Cicero Avenue in Oak Forest.

According to a press release issued the same day by Oak Forest Police, the department received notice of the Orland Park incident around the time it occurred and spotted the vehicle traveling at a “very high rate of speed” eastbound on 159th Street from Central Avenue. At Cicero Avenue, the vehicle attempted to make a turn northbound onto Cicero and hit a construction worker, according to the Oak Forest release.

The man then exited the stolen vehicle and fled eastbound on 159th Street on foot, police said. With officers in pursuit, the man reportedly committed a second carjacking. He allegedly struck and ran over an officer with the vehicle as officers were attempting to arrest him. An officer discharged his weapon toward the man in an attempt to stop him, but the man fled in a stolen white Mazda last seen traveling eastbound on 159th Street from Pulaski Avenue.

The construction worker was taken to Christ Advocate Medical Center in Oak Lawn and listed as of Oct. 18 as in stable condition, according to the release. The Oak Forest police officer struck by the second vehicle reportedly was taken to Palos Health and treated for lower extremity and arm injuries. He has since been released, police said.

Oak Forest and Orland Park police are working together to investigate the incident, according to the Orland Park release.

Police are asking anyone with information that could help identify the man in the case to call (708) 349-4111 or email crimetips@orlandpark.org.