Updated at 4:45 p.m.

Evanston police have issued an alert to the community about an apparent rash of robberies in south Evanston, including one that occurred early yesterday evening in the 700 block of Hinman Avenue.

Cmdr. Jay Parrott said a 32-year-old Evanston man was confronted by two suspects just before 6:30 p.m. yesterday. They pushed him to the ground and demanded his property.

The victim turned over his wallet containing cash, drivers license, and credit cards and also relinquished his cell phone.

Although no weapon was displayed, it was implied, said Parrott, which is why the incident was labelled an armed robbery.

The two suspects were described as about 18 to 20 years old and wearing dark clothing.

Similar incidents have occurred recently in the 200 and 300 blocks of Custer Avenue and the 400 block of Callan Avenue in which two black male teen offenders wearing dark clothing have approached their victims after a victim’s vehicle had parked and the victim is walking toward their residence, Parrott said.

In most incidents, money and cell phones have been taken.

Evanston police are asking the public to be aware of their surroundings and to report any suspicious persons to police by calling 911.

Anonymous tips can also be sent by text message by entering the number 274637 in the phone number line. Then start the message with EPDTIP, giving as much detail as possible.

Charles Bartling

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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