Real knife, fake gun used in robbery attempts

Evanston police are investigating an armed robbery and an attempted armed robbery that occurred overnight.

Police Cmdr. Joseph Duban says that about 10:53 p.m. Monday a 33-year-old man was walking on the sidewalk in the 400 block of Keeney Street when he was approached by three man.

The victim said one of the men produced a knife and demanded his property. Dugan says the victim turned over a black backpack with his wallet, laptop computer, cellular phone and house keys.

The suspects then ordered the victim to walk away westbound, and they fled the area in an unknown direction.

The three suspects are described as 17- to 20-year-old black males, about 5-feet-10-inches tall, all wearing dark clothing with bandannas partially covering their faces.  

Then about 12:10 a.m., today a 58-year-old pizza delivery driver was making a delivery on the 1800 block of Grey Avenue when he was approached by a man who demanded the pizza and driver's money.

As the suspect began to pull out what appeared to be a handgun, a plastic piece broke off and the victim could tell that the handgun was not real.  The suspect fled southbound in the east alley of Grey Avenue without any proceeds.

The plastic piece was recovered by responding officers.

The suspect is described as a black male in his early 20s, 6-foot tall, weighing 200 pounds and wearing a white sweater and blue jeans.    

Anyone with information about either incident is asked to contact the Evanston Police Department at 847-866-5000 and ask for the detective division or use Text-A-Tip at CRIMES (274637) and enter EPDTIP in the message line followed by the tip information. 

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