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Evanston police have arrested an 18-year old man for three armed robberies that took place between Dec. 2 and 15, 2009, involving taxi cabs and food delivery drivers, all of which occurred within a four block radius of the 1700 block of Dodge Avenue, said Commander Tom Guenther, Public Information Officer of the Evanston Police Department, in a prepared statement.

The first incident took place on Dec. 2, around midnight in the 1800 block of Hovland Court. Commander Guenther said the victim told police: He was delivering a food order when someone approached him and engaged him in small talk. Two masked men then approached him, displayed handguns, and demanded his money, cell phone and food. After obtaining these items, one of the offenders struck the deliveryman in the face with a handgun, and all three offenders fled on foot.

The second incident took place on Dec. 14 at approximately 12:50 a.m. in the 1800 block of Lyons Street. The Commander said the victim told police: He was looking for a taxi fare, when someone approached him and engaged him in conversation. Two additional subjects then approached him, one producing a handgun. The taxi driver was then pulled from his taxi, physically assaulted by all three offenders and robbed of his coat, wallet and cell phone. The offenders then fled on foot. 

A third incident occurred on Dec. 15, at approximately 3:00 a.m. in the 1800 of Brown Avenue. Commander Guenther said a taxi driver told police: He was picking up a fare, when he encountered three individuals. One of the offenders produced a handgun, a second offender entered the taxi, and the third offender maintained a lookout. While the taxi driver attempted to defeat the attack and drive away, the offenders managed to take all of his cash. After losing his money, the taxi driver began to drive away, at which time the offender with the handgun fired four shots, striking the taxi twice. The victim continued to flee the area and did not sustain any injuries as a result of the gun shots. 

Evanston police investigators identified an 18 year old Evanston man as a person of interest, and after further investigation the Cook County State’s Attorney approved felony robbery charges against the man, said Commander Guenther. The investigation is continuing as other are sought for questioning, said the Commander.