Fourth Armed Robbery In 3 Days Hits Evanston

Police are searching for a suspect in an armed robbery that took place around 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 20, at the South Boulevard CTA station.

A robber displayed what appeared to be a gun, then struck a 31-year-old man in the head and stole his cell phone at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 20, at the South Boulevard CTA station, according to . 

The incident is the fourth armed robbery reported within the last three days in Evanston. Early Saturday morning, a man told police at Foster Street and Orrington Avenue. Around 1 a.m. Sunday, three Northwestern University students reported at Foster and Pratt Court.

Police are have yet to charge anyone in the first two incidents, but , which took place late Sunday night. In that incident, an Evanston man reported that a Chicago man arranged to meet him to buy the iPad he bought on Craigslist. The Chicago man tried to run away with the iPad, and cut the Evanston man several times when he tried to wrestle it back, according to police.

In Monday’s armed robbery, the 31-year-old victim said he was leaving the el and walking toward Oakton Street and Callan Avenue when a teenager approached him, displayed what appeared to be a black handgun and demanded his cell phone, according to police. The two struggled over the phone, until the teenager hit the man in the head with the weapon and took his phone.

The 31-year-old man told police he believed the gun was “a fake gun,” and ran after the teenager, but was unable to catch him. He was treated for his injuries at .

Police described the suspect as a black man between the ages of 16 to 18, approximately 5’10” to 6’0” tall, weighing 140 pounds and wearing a black shirt with white writing and khaki pants. Anyone with information on the robbery or the suspect is asked to contact the Evanston Police Detective Bureau at 847-866-5040.



  •  - Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012
  •  - Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012
  •  - Monday, Aug. 20, 2012
  • - Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012
LeilaDDL August 22, 2012 at 06:14 PM
What difference does it make that the criminals are black and the victims white? Does that somehow make it worse than if the victims were black and the criminals white? The last time I was mugged it was by some white crack head..so what? The problem is the constant attacks, not the race of the people involved.
Dan August 23, 2012 at 01:49 AM
I am still trying to figure out how this happened? I take that stop everyday and there are a number of people who get off on the EL @ 6:00. There are people walking dogs, kids playing, and working on gardens. I hope the Police step up patrols in South Evanston. It might be time to get out of the cars and step up foot patrols. Be more of a prolonged presence, block-by-block. Not just drive by in a car, only to be out of the area in 30 seconds.
Richard Schulte August 23, 2012 at 11:06 AM
Frank: "I'm tired of your cynical, one-sided comments." Frank, I'm tired of liberal kooks and their one-sided comments, but I support their right to express themselves. (I even support your right to criticize me.) In fact, I was so tired of the liberal kooks in Evanston that I moved to "red neck" Florida where liberal kooks are few and far between. It's wonderful not to be around people like you.
Richard Schulte August 23, 2012 at 11:18 AM
LDDL: "What difference does it make that the criminals are black and the victims white?" It makes a difference because it appears, at least to me, that the number of attacks by blacks on whites and Asians is increasing. The attacks of gangs of black teen-agers on whites in downtown Chicago is an example. In February (2012), two black teen-agers in Kansas City poured gasoline over a white boy about 12 years old and then lit him on fire. Since Obama was elected, it appears that racial division have gotten worse, not better. It's time to speak the truth about what's going on. Trying to sweep this under the rug isn't the way to solve the problem-let's admit there is a problem and address it.
LeilaDDL August 23, 2012 at 12:39 PM
I'm not going to get into a back and fort about who commits more acts of violence, because it's stupid, and frankly racist. My best friend was raped and beaten by a white man 2 years ago, our condo in the city was broken into by 2 white people in 2008...and let's not forget Aurora, CO, or who gunned down numerous innocent people in Arizona.


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