Evanston police are investigating two robberies involving handguns that occurred this week.

The first, in the 700 block of Case Street around 7 p.m. Wednesday, involved an Evanston teenager who was walking with a friend when they were approached by an offender who showed the handle of a black gun and demanded money.

They gave him a wallet, containing a small amount of cash, and a cell phone.

The second incident occurred yesterday around 2:30 p.m.in the 2100 block of Emerson Street.  A 76-year-old Evanston man had parked his car and was walking toward his home when two offenders pulled out a silver semi-automatic handgun, pushed him into a snowbank, and demanded his keys.

When the victim refused to turn over his keys, the men fled, according to EPD Cmdr. Jay Parrott.

In both cases, the suspects were identified as a 5-feet-9-inch-tall black males of thin build, Parrott said.

As of Friday afternoon, no one had been charged in either incident.

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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