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Busy weekend for major crime in Evanston

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Evanston police reported a stabbing Friday night, an armed robbery Saturday afternoon, and a shooting Saturday night in or adjacent to the city.

The stabbing occurred just before midnight Friday in the 700 block of Howard Street following a street fight involving numerous participants, according to Cmdr. Jay Parrott.

Before police from Chicago and Evanston arrived, the offenders scattered, leaving a 34-year-old Chicago man with a stab wound in the chest, Parrott said. The victim was transported to St. Francis Hospital, where he was taken into surgery and remained in stable condition Monday in the intensive care section.

The shooting occurred in the 2000 block of Church Street at about 8:40 p.m. Saturday, Parrott said, resulting in gunshot wounds to the hand, leg, and buttocks of a 20-year-old male. He was treated and released at Evanston Hospital. Police recovered shell casings from the incident and are investigating, Parrott added.

The armed robbery occurred sometime Saturday afternoon in the 500 block of Howard Street when a CTA employee on his lunch break was confronted by two men, including one who displayed the handle of a revolver and took the victim’s cell phone and cash. Suspects include a 6-foot-tall black male weighing 190 pounds and a 5-foot-10-inch-tall black male weighing 200 pounds.

In addition, police investigated two reports of gunshots. One was at Brown Avenue and Church Street at about 6 p.m. Saturday, while the other was at Darrow Avenue and Foster Street at about 7 p.m. Sunday. Police checked both areas, but found nothing.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio stations and business-oriented magazines.

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