A 15-year-old victim of a Thursday-night robbery outside of the Fleetwood-Jourdain community center got her purse back a short time later, thanks to Evanston police.

The girl was accosted by three young Black men who ripped the purse from her hands at about 8:40 p.m. Thursday, as was reported in yesterday’s crime bulletin.

A short time later, police were investigating a minor accident in the 1800 block of Ashland Avenue involving a car that had collided with a bicycle.

As police approached the vehicle, they said three men jumped out of the car and fled on foot.

As it turned out, the vehicle had been stolen earlier in Chicago. Inside the car, police found the purse belonging to the robbery victim, and they returned it to her.



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...

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