Pregnant woman beaten, carjacked, run over in Libertyville as car with her 2-year-old is stolen
LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. (CBS) -- A pregnant mother was beaten, carjacked, and run over in her own driveway in Libertyville Thursday, as her car was stolen with her 2-year-old son in the back seat.
As CBS 2's Marissa Perlman reported, the 2-year-old boy was safe at home Thursday night. His aunt said he was physically okay.
But the boy's mother was being treated at Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville Thursday night with a broken pelvis and a broken elbow. She is six months pregnant.
The terrifying ordeal started at the home of the 34-year-old mom, who had just pulled into her driveway near Buckley Road and Milwaukee Avenue in unincorporated Libertyville at 3:35 p.m.. She took her older child inside with her 2-year-old son still in the back seat.
A white BMW with two people inside pulled in behind the victim's Volkswagen – and blocked her in. Family believes the woman and her children were followed home from the pet store.
A man then got out of the BMW and tried to get into hers. The suspect battered the woman, knocking her to the ground.
He then stole the Volkswagen with the child inside. He and the driver of the BMW fled the scene. One of the drivers ran the woman over as they fled – causing serious injuries to her extremities, police said.
The woman was still able to call 911. She was taken to the hospital in serious, but stable, condition.
The child was found about 15 minutes later and not far away, at Routes 43 and 120 near Waukegan. This was after a person working at a business in the 2200 block of Lakeside Drive called 911 to report that they had just seen two cars enter the parking lot and the driver of one of the cars abandon a small child. The drivers of both vehicles fled.
The 911 caller at the business rescued the child from the parking lot before he wandered onto the busy roadway. Waukegan police and sheriff's deputies responded to the scene.
Police found the stolen Volkswagen in a parking lot near Casimir Pulaski and Route 43.
The suspect vehicle, a BMW, is still missing and is said to have been stolen from a Waukegan dealership. It has a license plate of CS26906.
One of the suspects is described as a tall, thin male who was wearing a high gray zip-up hoodie and a light green COVID-style mask, according to the Lake County Sheriff's office.
Anyone who sees the vehicle in traffic should call 911. Anyone with information on the case can call the Lake County Sheriff's Criminal Investigations Division at 847-377-4000 or contact Lake County Crimestoppers at lakecountycrimestoppers.org.
Police release images of the suspect BMW.
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