Evanston police have arrested two men in connection with an incident that left a Fowler Avenue resident beaten up early on the Fourth of July.

Police say the 28-year-old victim reported he’d been talking with another man he knew in the 1400 block of Fowler Avenue about 3:30 in the morning when the man started beating him up, grabbed his cell phone and threw it to the ground and told other people in the crowd to take whatever they wanted of the victim’s possessions from his car.

With that the victim managed to run off and call police. When police arrived, they arrested for battery Paul M. McGauley, 22, of 1428 Fowler Ave., who the victim identified as the man who’d beaten him.

As they were making that arrest, the officers noticed another man, Lusher Lee White Jr., 23, of 9155 Keystone St. in Skokie, who they say kept reaching into his pocket as he walked away from the scene.

Officers say that when they questionned him about whether he was carrying anything dangerous, White said he had a GPS in his pocket — which the officers say they later learned had been stolen from the victim’s car. Police say they also recovered the victim’s radar detector and cell phone from White. He’s now been charged with possession of stolen property.

Both men are scheduled to appear in Skokie district court on July 27.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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