In Chicago, more than 1,400 people were carjacked in 2020-- a crime that is also spiking in cities across the U.S. One Chicago car dealer is trying to lessen the devastation by donating cars to carjacking victims. Charlie De Mar has more.
ADRIANA DIAZ: A year of COVID has led to a surge of violent carjackings in several cities. Here in Chicago, the frequency of the crime more than doubled in 2020 to about four a day. As CBS's Charlie De Mar reports, one man is trying to help victims four wheels at a time.
CHARLIE DE MAR: In Chicago, more than 1,400 people were carjacked last year, a crime that spiked in cities across the country.
EDWARD PADILLA: And then the guy told me not to turn around, to give him the keys.
CHARLIE DE MAR: Edward Padilla knows the pain. His car was stolen at gunpoint. His life put on hold.
EDWARD PADILLA: I felt the gun behind my back, and the guy telling me to get out the car.
CHARLIE DE MAR: You know, I got to ask you why.
JERMAINE JORDAN: Man, I just-- me being a victim of being carjacked, you know, my heart went out to him.
CHARLIE DE MAR: Jermaine Jordan says he's been carjacked three times. He owns a car dealership, a car wash--
JERMAINE JORDAN: You're waiting on free food and groceries?
CHARLIE DE MAR: And runs a charity that feeds and houses the homeless on Chicago's West Side.
JERMAINE JORDAN: There's, like, a new empathy, man, of kindness. It's just like, man, flooding your heart to be able to want to help someone else. And it feels good. The trauma of being a victim never left Jordan, so he decided charity might be the best medicine. He's given away 15 cars to other carjacking victims so far, all of them complete strangers. The cars are paid for with a combination of his own money and funds he raises on social media.
EDWARD PADILLA: Tires are brand new, brakes, everything.
CHARLIE DE MAR: Edward Padilla drove off in a Chevy.
EDWARD PADILLA: And he's like, well, that's your car. You know, I think Jermaine's like an angel to help us out.
CHARLIE DE MAR: An angel?
EDWARD PADILLA: Yeah. That's right. I consider him an angel.
CHARLIE DE MAR: That new car did more than get that father of four back on the road.
JERMAINE JORDAN: Like, you don't have to worry about anything. Just get in and pull off.
CHARLIE DE MAR: You wanted to help?
JERMAINE JORDAN: Yes, I wanted to help.
EDWARD PADILLA: I appreciate you, man.
JERMAINE JORDAN: Thank you.
CHARLIE DE MAR: Along the ride, friendships forged through the bond of shared trauma. Charlie De Mar, CBS News, Chicago.