Evanston police are investigating an armed robbery in the 300 block of Custer Avenue in which two men reportedly stole $2,400 from their victim.

Police Cmdr. Joseph Dugan says the victim, a 36-year-old Evanston resident, told police he was leaving his garage abou 11:25 a.m. today when two men asked him if he knew someone who lived in the building.

When the victim said he didn’t know who they were talking about, the robbers grabbed him and began attempting to remove objects from his pockets.

As the vicitm resisted, he was cut several times on the forarms and once on the back of the neck.

The suspects, who fled south in the west alley of Custer, are described as 30- to 40-year-old black males. One is 6-foot-2-inches tall and was wearing a black hat, black sleeveless shirt and navy blue shorts. The other was at least 5-feet-9-inches tall, with a skinny build, and wearing a vest with tan sleeves.

The victim was transported to St. Francis Hospital for treatment.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call police at 847-866-5040 or text CRIMES (274637) and start the message with EPDTIP. 

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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      1. My first thought was how

        My first thought was how terrifying and brazen for two men to attack, assault, and rob another person in the middle of the day in a fairly busy area of Evanston. The victim has the right to carry cash, as we all do. The assailants do NOT have the right to stab and rob someone. I hope they are caught and have legal consequences for these crimes. I hope the victim recovers, though I am sure his life will never be the same.

        1. just sayin’

          Obviously, people have the right to carry cash in their wallets/pockets.  It’s just that most people have a $20 and change there.    I don’t know of anyone who carries $2,400 on them.  That’s why people use checkbooks and credit cards…so they don’t have cash available.   

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