A deal to buy several telephones over the internet resulted in an armed robbery around midnight last night when the intended purchaser showed up in a parking lot on Oakton Street in Evanston with about $4,000 in cash.

The victim, a 27-year-old Bolingbrook man, told police he had agreed to purchase eight to 10 phones on Craigslist and that the deal would be consummated  in the Steak ‘n Shake parking lot in the 2200 block of Oakton.

When he pulled out his money to complete the transaction, he said, the seller of the phones whipped out a six-inch steak knife and took the man’s money, according to Cmdr. Jay Parrott of the Evanston police.

The man then fled eastbound on foot with the cash and the phones. The victim attempted to follow him in a car, but the offender evaded him, Parrott said.

The victim sustained a cut from the knife, but was not hospitalized, Parrott added.

The suspect was identified as a 5-foot-tall black male weighing about 135 pounds.

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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