Off-duty Lynwood firefighter carjacked and robbed in Chicago’s West Pullman area

An off-duty Lynwood firefighter was robbed and carjacked while working as a rideshare driver. The incident occurred at 1 a.m. on Friday between 122nd and Michigan in Chicago’s West Pullman neighborhood, according to Chicago police.

Firefighter Kevin Cole had picked up two people and their dog in the Rogers Park neighborhood. At 121st and Michigan, the dog made a mess in the backseat.

Cole rushed out to address the matter and found himself facing a rifle leveled at his face. The armed intruder reportedly demanded Cole’s phone, money, and car keys before fleeing, leaving the firefighter out in the cold.

Cole reflected on the situation and voiced his tremendous concern, saying, “I felt like my life was in jeopardy. My life really flashed before my eyes, and I was stunned… it could happen to anyone, especially rideshare drivers.”

An Uber representative condemned the act as a “brazen attack.” The ridesharing firm promised to connect with the affected driver and offer help during this difficult time. Additionally, Uber’s committed team is ready to assist the Chicago Police Department with their ongoing investigations.

There are currently no further facts available about the police inquiry.

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