Man held in child-chasing incident


Evanston police have made an arrest in the incident last week when a young girl said she was chased by a man as she was heading for the school bus.

Arrested and charged with disorderly conduct was Randall T. Mercer, 32, of 735 Grey Ave. in Evanston.

Police said Mercer had approached a 10-year-old King Lab student in the 1900 block of Washington Street on Oct. 11 as she was on her way to school. and ran after the child, screaming profanity.

The child ran away from the suspect and got aboard the school bus.

Investigators were able to develop information of a subject matching the description who resides in the area which led to his identification by the student.

Mercer is scheduled to apear in court on Oct. 30 at 10:30 a.m. at 6500 Old Orchard Road in Skokie.

Charles Bartling

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 stations and business-oriented magazines.

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