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Evanston police say a robber’s decision to stage a hold up while riding a Divvy bicycle has led to his arrest.

Police Cmdr. Joseph Dugan says Lamar D. Berger, 19, of 166 N. Hermitage in Chicago, has been charged by Evanston police with felony robbery and felony unlawful restraint after he was arrested by Chicago police last week on unrelated charges.

Berger is accused of the election day robbery of a 17-year-old Chicago youth who was walking from the Howard CTA station to volunteer at the polling place at the Levy Center.

As the victim neared Oakton Street and Darrow Avenue about 5:26 a.m., Dugan said, he was approached by the man riding a Divvy bike and forced into an alley where the robber took his laptop, cell phone and bank cards and made him change the passwords on the computer and phone.

Dugan says the victim then walked to the Levy Center where he contacted police.

Evanston patrol officers observed the offender in the 300 block of Asbury Avenue, Dugan says, and started chasing him. But the robber jumped off the bike and managed to escape on foot.

Detectives following up on the incident with the help of representatives from Divvy were able to identify Berger as a suspect, and Dugan says he was later positively identified as the robber.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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