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.

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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.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. I guess we will just have to wait and see
    Odds are they will be remanded to their parents—who must not have done a very good job so far—or given a slap on the wrist.
    A minimum should be six months in a ‘tough’ boot camp and financial payments to the victim for medical/mental distress and having his civil rights violated [what else would you call what they did]–if the criminal courts don’t assign these, then civil court action.
    We can be sure we will hear from these four again—next time may be a capital case.

    1. Mistakes are bound to be made when placed in the wrong situation

      No, we can not be sure we'll hear from these four again. People have no idea who these kids are and what their situation is and that doesn't give people the right to automatically judge them. I'm not saying that what they did was right, I'm not even saying that they shouldn't suffer the consequences but don't predict their future if you don't know them. People have a mind of their own and I see a lot of people (whenever things go wrong) automatically blame the parents. 

      1. One gets a fairly good idea

        One gets a fairly good idea of who these "kids" are by the criminal act that they committed. Parental blame surely is relevant in the case of juveniles and that would include curfew enforcement at the minimum. Sadly, chances are very good that they will become extremely familiar with the criminal justice system.

      2. A Simple Fact

        RE:  People have a mind of their own and I see a lot of people (whenever things go wrong) automatically blame the parents.  

        Yes, the parents are culpable for their Children when they break curfew.  Pretty Simple stuff.

        1. There’s also the case of peer

          There's also the case of peer pressure. Kids sneak out all the time and parents sometimes have no idea. So no, I stand by my statement when I say these crimes are not always the parents fault. 

          1. parents/kids
            How about parents set up house rules…..make a list of what is expected of their children, in terms of doing chores, school responsibilities, and consequences when they do something wrong. All these kids committing crimes, or just doing whatever they feel like doing….have they NEVER been told that there are always consequences in life for everything that they do? And that is not just the negative…there are results when GOOD things are done……sometimes it really is not the kids’ fault. There is a lot of bad and absent parenting going on. Children need to learn values before they hit 5 years of age…..if they are left on their own, or raised by other people who don’t really care, they grow up not learning the golden rule!

          2. Still wrong

            It would seem that the kids snuck out because the parents had no control or don't care.  Yes, legaly the parents are responbile and socialy yes the parents are responsible. Saying that the parents aren't responible is just "passing the buck".  Someone sure as hell is responsible and it's not the schools, it's not their church and it's not their neighbors. 

             Let's go back to what happened:

            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. 

            It seems as though these kids have no values and values start at home!

          3. As I recall

            Several years ago some communities had  laws holding parents legally responsible and fines of $500 and/or the cost of repair, medical, lost wages, etc. for crimes committed by their children.  I think there was also a fine for being truant or violating curfew.

            I don't think I've read of those penalties being applied in years.  It is time to start.

  2. Juvenile delinquents
    Again, where in the heck are the patents? Maybe if they got charged for child neglect for letting them out after curfew and DCFS got involved in these cases, things might get better?

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