Two 17-year-olds — one from Evanston, the other from Chicago — have been charged with aggravated robbery after an incident Tuesday afternoon in downtown Evanston.

Police Cmdr. Joseph Dugan says that a 24-year-old Chicago man told officers he was riding a northbound CTA train and got into a conversation with two male teenagers and agreed to go smoke cannabis with them when they got off the train at the Davis Street station about 4:20 p.m.

Dugan says when the three got to an alley in the 900 block of Davis, one of the teens pulled out a handgun and threatened to shoot the victim. They then took nearly $50 in cash, a Ventra card, a cell phone and a pack of cigarettes from him and slapped him in the face before fleeing.

Detectives responding to the scene located two suspects in the 1600 block of Sherman Avenue who matched the description of the offenders and were positively identified by the victim, Dugan says.

He adds that police also recovered the victim’s property and a BB gun from the youths, who’ve been transported to the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center.  

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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