Evanston police have arrested four Evanston teenagers in connection with the robbery of a 21-year-old man on Simpson Street early this morning.
Cmdr. Joseph Dugan says the victim, an Evanston resident, was walking in the 900 block of Simpson not far from the CTA Purple Line tracks just after midnight when at least four male teens approached and asked him to look up an address for them on his cell phone.
The victim agreed, and while attempting to show the subjects the address they’d asked about on the phone, one of the youths picked the victim up off the ground and threw him down, causing him to strike his head.
All the subjects then began to strike the victim with their fists, took his cell phone and fled westbound on foot on Simpson Street.
Dugan says officers responding to the area stopped four juveniles, two in the 1200 block of Leonard Place and two in the 2100 block of Asbury Avenue, who matched the description provided by the victim. Police recovered the victim’s cell phone from one of the juveniles, Dugan says, and the victim positively identified all four as being involved in the incident.
The victim was treated at the scene by paramedics for cuts to his head and face.
The four male juveniles — two age 15 and the others age 16 — are all Evanston residents. They’ve been charged with robbery and have been petitioned to juvenile court.