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On Oct. 7, two robberies were reported during the overnight hours. The first incident occurred just after midnight on the northbound Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) purple line train near Main Street. The victim, a 21-year old student at Northwestern University told police he was in the northbound train that contained about five other passengers, when he was approached by a man who demanded his wallet and cellular phone, said Commander Joe Dugan of the Evanston Police Department. When the victim refused, a second man approached and the two men demanded $20, which again the victim refused. When the train arrived at the Noyes Street station, the victim exited the train and the two subjects also exited the train, fleeing eastbound on foot without any proceeds. The victim stated that the subjects did not display a weapon, but one of the subjects did have his hand in his pocket implying that he had a weapon, said the Commander.
The second incident occurred a short time later, when the victim, a 21-year old male student at Northwestern University was approached by three subjects near the corner of Sheridan Road and Noyes Street as he was talking on his cellular phone. One of the subjects asked to use his phone. When the victim refused, the subject took the victim’s phone and also took his wallet that contained $20.00 and a debit card, said the Commander. The subject further demanded that the victim provid them with his PIN number and accompany them to an ATM in order to make a withdrawal. The victim walked with the subjects to the ATM located near the Noyes Street CTA station where the subject withdrew $400 from the victim’s account. The subject returned the victim’s phone and wallet at which point all three subjects proceeded on to the platform at the Noyes Street station, said the Commander.
Evanston detectives are currently conducting an investigation into the incidents and are canvassing the area for witnesses and video footage. Additionally, extra patrol units from both the Evanston Police Department and the Northwestern University Police Department will be deployed in the area. Anyone with information is asked to call the Evanston Police Department at (847) 866-5000 or utilize Text-A-Tip at CRIMES (274637) and entering EPDTIP in the message line with the tip information.