Police Issue Alert For Robberies in South Evanston

Police are warning residents to be vigilant after four armed robberies took place within three days in southeast Evanston.

Evanston police believe at least four armed robberies that took place this week may be related, and are cautioning residents to be especially vigilant.

Police say there appear to be similarities between four robberies that took place in south Evanston between Tuesday, Jan. 14, and Thursday, Jan. 16, according to Evanston Police Cmdr. Jason Parrott.

"We do have a pattern going on," Parrott said. 

The robberies took place at 10:10 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, in the 200 block of Custer Avenue; at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, in the 400 block of Callan Avenue; at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15, in the 300 block of Custer Avenue; and at 6:25 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, in the 700 block of Hinman Avenue.

In each instance, black, male, teenaged offenders wearing dark clothing approached their victim shortly after he or she had parked a car and was down the street. The robbers displayed a firearm in several of the robberies, and in some cases, knocked their victims to the ground. In most cases, they stole money and cell phones, according to police. 

"People need to be aware of their surroundings," Parrott said, particularly when exiting a vehicle.

Residents who see anything suspicious are asked to call 911. 

Dave Seminara January 18, 2014 at 12:07 AM
For the record, this is what the alert says: "Four incidents have been reported in the area of south Evanston in which two male/black teen offenders wearing dark clothing have approached their victim’s after the victim’s vehicle had parked and the victim is walking toward their residence. In most incidents money and cell phones have been taken. The offenders have displayed a firearm in several of robberies and in some instances knocked their victim to the ground."
IllinoisLibertarian January 18, 2014 at 12:30 AM
Well, Zoot And Tantor, I live in South Evanston and concealed carry sounds pretty good right now. However, according to the Evanston Roundtable I should leave my gun at home and put up "no firearms" signs.
Dan January 18, 2014 at 12:54 AM
Zoot is partially correct. If you have a concealed weapon you had better know how to use it. A misfire can hit an innocent. However, there are so many irresponsible members of society and one or two blows to the head and it's over. I stayed at a hotel recently and the place uses logos that are not there's in an effort to enhance sales. The public seems to see through it but in my naïveté I assumed it was cool. The Indian clerk showed me a diagram to direct me to my room. It was as faulty as the brand they were essentially stealing. The person at corporate responded to my e mail like it was funny. This clerk set me up in a bizarre way,( I guess he is critical of his pre Oedipal image) and made like he wanted to touch my private with his hand, called me a whore and his dear. Another punk who looked like he could kill a guy with one punch called me names, a male white clerk and a female Indian did the same seeking approval from a customer. I notified the cops and my facebook page. So in Evanston punks who want to be masters of their own universe are hitting yuppie areas and decent areas of Evanston looking to do people on the street for chump change. It was not like this in the eighties. It is time to install cameras, have under covers walk around and hold frequent meetings among elected officials, police and citizens to brainstorm solutions and take back our streets. I took action and got pictures of one of the perps and for forworded them to police. I took action. These primitive punks can be outsmarted and it's time they were. If not, they could graduate onto sexual assaults, aggravated battery and worse. Evanston is beautiful and a walk down Hinman from Main Street to church, in many places is fantastic. The criminals are seeking to graduate onto worse crimes and they want control. Guys like Zoot will address them and he will kill them if he can...I am referring to those who will bludgeon their victims for chump change. I don't like it and I know many of you do not, but this Camelot r Evanston can take care of these issues. Do not let the criminals escalate and seek to get them help...
Dory B January 18, 2014 at 04:23 AM
Don't really care about concealed carry at this point. Only care that I park on these blocks everyday and have not seen any increased police presence since this started. In fact have only seen 1 cop since Tuesday. I'll be honest I'm pretty scared to leave my home and wonder where the police are.
Ed porter January 18, 2014 at 08:56 AM
Totally agree with dory. No police presence. Seems like they are waiting for something worse before they step up. To a certain extent we're all obviously responsible for our own safety, but that seems even more the case now. Im scared, but even more so for my pregnant wife. Evanston is going down hill fast....
Jordan S. Zoot January 18, 2014 at 09:12 AM
Another thing that would help would be for EPD to borrow two dozen tactical officers from the Cook County Sheriff and K-9s and stop and frisk every African American teenager they see on the street in South Evanston until they catch the perps. Add a dusk to dawn curfew to clear the streets. The situation will only start to get better when there is enough pressure on the community to make its members HOWL...similar to General Sherman's march across Georgia.
IllinoisLibertarian January 18, 2014 at 09:49 AM
Jordan- I agree with a lot of stuff you put on here but I don't want a police state in Evanston. Maybe call in an A-10 Warthog for air support? We can't have a curfew people have jobs so they can afford to live in this over priced area and there is only like what 4 hours between dusk till dawn in this depressing winter?
Dan January 18, 2014 at 10:13 AM
Dan January 18, 2014 at 10:19 AM
Zoot: I am shocked at what you have written. People hanging from fixtures, Jim Crowe south Mandingo John Burge mentalities. Believe me I personally get it from everyone. Please, everyone, consider my last post. The suspects in Evanston unfortunately fit a profile but we must be better than they.
Jordan S. Zoot January 18, 2014 at 11:11 AM
You are perhaps correct...seeing one of them lying face down on the ground after a person with a legal concealed carry permit put a couple of rounds in them would be a much more fitting end. They are sub-human animals that won't learn from anything less.
Charisse Hall January 18, 2014 at 11:12 AM
There is no freedom of speech,wow! what a shame.
Charisse Hall January 18, 2014 at 11:13 AM
But someone can get on here and talk about lynching someone,wow really Jennifer?
Jordan S. Zoot January 18, 2014 at 11:17 AM
There is a difference between expressing an opinion concerning what someone might deserve and what they would actually do. The appropriate response for someone that is threatened by an armed robber with deadly force and is in fear for their life is to properly respond with deadly force to stop the attack. And freedom of speech certainly does apply......there is no reason that we need to tolerate having these vile filthy animals preying on the community
IllinoisLibertarian January 18, 2014 at 11:23 AM
Zoot- This isn't the apocalypse. Hanging people is beneath a civilized society. When these individuals are caught the justice system well handle business. These individuals are not going around committing mass murders. Charisse- it's not all the "white people" that are making these inappropriate comments. Unfortunately some of us get a little too carried away when we are on these blogs.
Jordan S. Zoot January 18, 2014 at 11:30 AM
The justice system doesn't do its job.....if they were getting denied bail and fifteen to twenty years for a conviction it would be working. My point was intended to drive a very clear message..the individuals committing these robberies are animals..and sooner or later they WILL be committing murders its only a matter of time. The poster's comment about "white people in Evanston" is truthful and very telling..anyone that doesn't think that racism is rampant in Evanston on both sides if fooling themselves. Sometimes the top needs to be pulled off of the scab to expose the truth.
jim January 18, 2014 at 03:09 PM
City needs to add Cameras to this area. Chicago,Custer,Sherman HOWARD TO CLARK.
Ed porter January 18, 2014 at 03:57 PM
I'm hopeful that the city and in turn the police force take notice of how frightened the public at large is as a result of the crime increase and just go back to basics. Id love to see beat cops walking the streets of evanston. I hate to say it but I feel like the likelihood of crimes happening won't decline if cameras are installed, all they'll have are some screenshots to post on the Evanston police site, asking the public if they "have any information regarding the suspect/suspects depicted in the footage". All of this of course after the fact, when it's too late...
Jordan S. Zoot January 18, 2014 at 04:12 PM
The police can't be everywhere..and SCOTUS has said that they don't have an obligation to protect the public. The only sensible answer is for law abiding citizens to protect themselves by arming themselves. Get the training, apply for an CCL and start carrying a firearm for self defense. Hopefully you will never need it however, when you are faced with an armed attacker threatening you with deadly force that could result in death or great bodily harm...the appropriate defense is deadly force. If enough of these thugs can't tell who is armed and who isn't that will certainly get them to think twice before they take the chance. There is nothing else that is going to be as effective.
Ed porter January 18, 2014 at 04:19 PM
Way ahead of you, already applied for my FOID, Next step is CCL. I'm all for everyone is responsible for their own safety and the safety of their loved ones.
Jordan S. Zoot January 18, 2014 at 04:20 PM
Actually you aren't way ahead of me....I am an NRA Certified Firearms Instructor...been there done that.
Ed porter January 18, 2014 at 04:24 PM
It's an expression...meaning "I agree with what you said"...
Ed porter January 18, 2014 at 04:25 PM
And congratulations everyone on here is very proud of you I'm sure.
Dan January 18, 2014 at 06:33 PM
Illinois Libertarien: they may not be committing mass murders however, if one resists one could with the blink of an eye find themselves in a life and death situation. It could be one hundred blows going eighty miles an hour in sixty seconds from these thugs or punches delivered at 500 pounds per square inch coming at ones head. Please review my submittences on this thread. As for race......in Evanston it is an issue and it time for citizens to smartin up. You have smart phones, police can be contacted through facebook. I had three encounters all male black- one in the library, one at a college campus many years ago and one at a realtors office. The third guy got away but I know what he looks like. We need to look out for each other. These criminals that need extensive assistance can be detained and crime dramatically reduced. And do not be dumb; carry a small amount of cash, contact your credit card company immediately if you are jumped, contact police through your smart phone if you see something, make a note of suspicious characters and retain them in your tablet, notebook, computer or notes in your smart phone...create a folder and go to a nearby business and alert people if you see something.Try to install tracer software on your smart phones. Again, read ALL of my posts on this thread.
Scotirish January 18, 2014 at 07:52 PM
Eventually, this to shall pass. I was a member of Coe-pops in the early 80's when Dads walked the streets to make a presence. That wouldn't work today with the guns that are out there. It is likely that someone maybe killed before they apprehend these guys, if they do. If they are teenagers, it is also likely that others know who they are, not sure they would tell however. I don't like the article saying "that a gun was displayed" what does that mean? It's not the same as "a gun was used in the act of the robbery. Since I live in the area I will be taking other precautions in addition to my normal alertness that I have done in the 35 years I have lived here. I won't be looking for the police to protect me, survival of the fittest would be a better way to describe it.
jim January 18, 2014 at 10:49 PM
Has anyone seen the Evanston City Council have meetings or discussions about crime in the City? UIs the Daily Crime Report required reading for the Council. How about having required discussions. Perhaps thos Alderperson living NORTH of Dempster don't know that Evaanst actually goes to HOWARD.
Tantor January 18, 2014 at 10:49 PM
My black taxi driver friends will not pick up a "youth" period. These gang-sters have to be chased down and incarcerated for the sake of the black community, which is victimized the most, as well as for every other ethnic community in Evanston. If the Evanston authorities were really concerned for all of us, they would go after the "youth" gangsters. But one problem is that either the police are handcuffed for fear of being accused of racism (Evanston Mayor and aldermen are terrified of this accusation, that is why they dont call the gangsters gangsters but "families" or "groups" and dont go after them, but pretend to do so), or the police do catch them and then the Illinois judges let them out. See how this guy who knocked out and almost killed and then raped a 15 year old in Chicago had a history of being caught by the police and let go by the judges. The do gooders dont want to incarcerate even more of the U.S. population, so they lobby to let these people go to rehab, or to Curt's Cafe, during or after which they continue to attack the law abiding often unarmed population: http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2014-01-06/news/chi-1-charged-with-attacking-girl-15-on-way-to-school-20140105_1_15-year-old-girl-teenage-girl-dna-index-system
Dan January 19, 2014 at 12:02 AM
You have some valid points, Tantor. However, the Evanston police are over all not like the Chicago police. Besides, the majority of felonies committed in Evanston are by minorities. Minorities work for EPD. These youth can be stopped to a significant degree. What pisses me off is in some suburbs a very well paid cop will accuse me of racism when blacks decide they will try and use me as a catalyst for macho crap..or ....females included as young as twelve! Out of nowhere they come and start crap. Then I tell them to get lost and in one instance they sent a raunchy hooker to my door and then the police. They play the race card and with inter racial marriages and gay marriage being legal in illinois and the almost stereotypical navy seal turned transexual this biggit excuse has become awfully stale. So if youth want something, badly, get creative and try to find a job. I shoveled snow as a kid. See what you can get for free on Craigslist, which is a defunct site in many ways.
Scotirish January 19, 2014 at 07:30 AM
I don't know what the percentage is currently so let me say that the vast majority of police officers do not live in Evanston, of those on the Evanston force. So essentially we have a 'hired gun' police force. They may for the most part be professional in carrying out there duties, but that's not the same as an investment in 'your community'.
IllinoisLibertarian January 19, 2014 at 12:11 PM
Wife and I looked at condos in Deerfield yesterday. I think it's time to get out of the world of weapons ordinances, stop and frisk, safe zones and street cameras.
Mike Garrity January 19, 2014 at 12:28 PM
The real problem you face in Evanston are all the apologists running loose who'll somehow make these robberies the fault of the decent people in the community. The whole "It's not their fault, it's society and their bad environment" argument is used to excuse whatever crimes these hoodlums choose to commit. The joke on all of you is believing these punks will suddenly change and become decent citizens. They won't, they're a drag on society and a constant danger until they're either put away or put down. Evanston is no safer than Detroit, and apparently your police look the other way. I have relatives that live there, and when I visit the ones who live south of Chicago I always come prepared. I don't need the city's permission to protect myself and my loved ones.


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