Armed robbers steal cell phone from student

A Northwestern University graduate student was the victim of an armed robbery in the 1100 block of Garnett Place in Evanston this afternoon.

NU police say that the student was walking east on Garnett Place from Ridge Avenue about 2:50 p.m. when two men approached him and took a cell phone from him. One of the offenders displayed a handgun during the robbery.

The student went to a campus emergency phone at Maple Avenue and Emerson Street and activated it. Police officers from the Evanston and Northwestern University Police Departments responded.

The student was not hurt in the incident.

The cell phone was recovered later by Evanston police a short distance from the crime scene.

The victim described one of the robbers as a six-foot-two-inch tall black male, about  20 to 25 years old, weighing about 180 pounds with a medium build and wearing a light grey hooded sweatshirt and a light colored shirt.

The the other robber was described as a five-foot-five inch tall black male, about 15-20 years old, weighing about 160 pounds with medium build and short-cropped hair and wearing a black and red fleece jacket.

The offenders were last seen fleeing westbound on Garnett Place.

Evanston police are investigating the incident, and persons who may have information that might assist in the investigation are asked to call the police 847-866-5000.

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