Evanston police report that an unknown man walked into a home at 1309 Simpson St. about 9:20 p.m. Tuesday.

Police say he threatened the two women in the house with a knife and stole money, jewelry, a cell phone and a pack of cigarettes before fleeing on foot.

In a separate incident, three men told police that after they finished a basketball game at Mason Park on Church Street west of Florence Avenue just after 9 p.m. Tuesday, several teenagers approached them, stole their basketball and started to beat one of them. Police say the men ultimately were able escape their attackers.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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