Evanston police have arrested two men and are seeking a third in connection with three robberies in Evanston this month.

Daniel Jones, 26, of 1823 Hovland Court is charged in all three incidents, Mario Rucker, 19, of the same address, is charged in the first two.

Police Cmdr. Ryan Glew says the two tried to enter a woman’s car at 1607 Simpson St. on Feb. 6, but she managed to drive it away.

Then later the same day, Glew says, the two robbed a pizza delivery driver at gunpoint of $500, his cellphone and wallet at 2122 Foster St.

In the third case, Glew says, Jones was one of the men who robbed and kidnapped a pizza delivery driver at gunpoint, stealing $20, a wallet and pizzas from the driver. Glew says they also tried to steal the victim’s car but it got stuck in the snow, so they fled, leaving the victim in the car.

Jones faces charges of attempted robbery, armed robbery, aggravated vehicular hijacking, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated battery and possession of a stolen motor vehicle.

He’s being held without bond and is next scheduled to appear in Skokie district court on March 13.

Rucker is charged with attempted robbery and aggravated robbery and is also being held without bond.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. These THUGS have lived on the
    These THUGS have lived on the street for years in a property that has been the site of multiple police visits for fights, drugs, and other illegal activities. Isn’t there a law in Evanston about nuisance properties and how many visits the police can make before a property is considered a “nuisance property”? NO ONE in this neighborhood wants to live next to this. Our children have to walk through this neighborhood to go to school. Stop messing around and start making the 5th ward a better place by enforcing laws before we have major incidents like this.

  2. Crime on Hovland

    So, these little thugs who were committing the pizza robberies/kidnapping/carjacking lived on Hovland, also the site of a recent murder The house where they reside is a known nuisance property which has been the scene of multiple police calls, fights, drug use, and violence. When is this nuisance property going to be cited? The property was for sale earlier this year…they took the sign down. Is there a new owner?

    1. Owner

      Records at the Cook County Recorder of Deeds indicate the property changed hands in December 2017.

      — Bill

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