A Milwaukee man is in the Cook County jail charged with an attempted robbery and three batteries in downtown Evanston Friday evening.
Police responding to the 1500 block of Sherman Avenue say a 56-year-old Evanston man told them a man later identified as Christopher Carmichael approached him and demanded his car keys, while motioning as if to indicate he had a weapon.
The victim retreated into a restaurant, and, Police Cmdr. Ryan Glew says, Carmichael followed him, swinging his arms in a threatening manner while continuing to demand the keys. Several restaurant patrons intervened and Carmichael fled.
Glew says officers then located a second victim, a 45-year-old Milwaukee man, who said he was battered while walking in the area of Sherman Avenue and Grove Street. The victim said the man, later identified as Carmichael, yelled at him, struck him with a closed fist in his face and then fled northbound on foot.
About 7:10 p.m., an officer in the area of 1600 Orrington Avenue searching for Carmichael was flagged down by a third victim, a 61-year-old Evanston woman, who said she was walking in the 600 block of Davis Street when Carmichael punched in her face without provocation and then fled south on foot through the west alley of the 1500 block of Chicago Avenue.
The victim was treated on the scene by the Evanston Fire Department.
A fourth victim, a 61-year-old Montgomery, Maryland, man, said he was in walking in the 1500 block of Sherman Avenue when he was struck in the shoulder by Carmichael.
Glew says an officer found Carmichael in the west alley of the 1500 block of Chicago Avenue and he was identified by the victims in all four incidents.
He’s been charged with one count of felony attempt robbery and three counts of misdemeanor battery.
Glew says Carmichael was on bond for an aggravated battery that occurred in Chicago on July 10. In that incident, Carmichael allegedly hit the victim in the head with a metal object requiring the victim to be treated at an area hospital.
Carmichael, who lives in the 2800 block of North 27th Street in Milwaukee, is being held on a $75,000D bond.