Evanston police say they used the locator app on a robbery victim’s cell phone to lead them to the man who stole it.

Police Cmdr. Joseph Dugan says officers responded to a call about 8:30 p.m. Sunday reporting two people beating up another person at Ridge Avenue and Brummel Street.

They found a 15-year-old youth who said he’d just been robbed of his iPhone and $25.

The victim said the two robbers had approached him on bicycles in the 800 block of Dobson Street and asked him questions about what grade he was in and if he was at the park earlier.

The victim said he kept walking and was heading north on Ridge Avenue when the two came up behind him on foot and tackled him to the ground.

Dugan says both kicked and punched the victim in the head and body and one removed his cellular phone and cash from his pocket before both fled on foot.  

Using the locator app, Dugan says officers were able to track the stolen phone to an address in the 800 block of Dobson Street where they observed a male, now identified as Tristan Nichols-Sanders, who matched the description of one of the offenders.

He says Nichols-Sanders, 18, of 811 Dobson St., turned over the victim’s cellular phone and was taken into custody. The second offender, a 16-year-old male Evanston resident was also located.

Both now face a felony robbery charge, and Nichols-Sanders also faces a misdemeanor charge of contributing to the delinquency of a mnor.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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    1. What step then ?

      Perhaps “Emmvincent” will adopt him and all other teens who commit crimes, shelter them from police or any other groups that want a safe society and bring them into her home. Or at a minimum be responsible [financial, bills for any injury or suffering] for any crime they commit.

    2. Are you serious?

      Are you saying that teens who commit FELONIES should not be arrested? What would your solution be? Be aware that teens that are not considered adults (generally under 17) have their own justice system and it is different then the adult system.

      1. Sarcasm?

        I sensed sarcasm from Emmvincent. Could be in reaction to other article about supposed bias in EPD because more black youth are arrested. 

        From my vantage point, anyone who commits a crime should be arrested irrespective of race, religion, color, gender or you can name your parameter.

        If any human being commits a crime they should be arrested. Full stop. Period.

        EPD has an incredibly difficult job and in general they do a FANTASTIC job.

        Put yourself in their shoes, walk their beats, ride in their cars and see what they have to deal with in Evanston.

        Maybe parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles of all kids in Evanston should take notice and act like a responsible adult with their kids, and maybe just maybe things would change.

        Thank you EPD.


        1. I wholeheartedly agree.   If

          I wholeheartedly agree.   If you commit a crime, the unlawful act should be the ONLY thing in consideration…not any of the adjectives that you mentioned.  There are plenty of underage caucasion kids committing horrible crimes… anyone supposed to feel sorry for that?   Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time!  Sign up for the Citizen’s Police Academy” and do ride-alongs…..they can be very scary and eye-opening.  The EPD does its job well……

    3. An eighteen year old deserves arrest

      The eighteen year old was arrested on felony robbery charges according to the Evanston police 9/5 crime bulletin. If you are old enough to vote then you absolutely should be arrested for felony charges and face those charges as an adult. It normally goes without saying but then here we are.

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