Evanston police continue to search today for a man who jumped from the ambulance transporting him to Evanston hospital Friday afternoon after he’d made suicidal threats.

The incident happened about 4:35 p.m. at Gross Point Road and Central Street in northwest Evanston. The man, identified as Jumal L. Lipscomb, 32, of Milwaukee, is described as a 5-foot-3-inch tall black male weighing 240 pounds.

Police say he punched the 26-year-old female driver for Superior Ambulance in the nose before grabbing his personal belongings and fleeing out the back of the ambulance.

He was wearing green hospital scrubs when he got out of the ambulance, but had a black hooded sweatshirt in his personal belongings.

Officers from Evanston and Skokie searched the area for Lipscomb but were unable to locate him.

But at about 5:03 p.m., a resident was sitting in his vehicle in his driveway in the 2400 block of Crawford Avenue when a subject described as a black male, short, heavy set and wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, knocked on his vehicle window.

The resident said that when a police car pulled onto the block the subject quickly walked away eastbound on Colfax Street.  

Then about 5:45 p.m., police received a call that a robbery had occurred in the 2400 block of Hastings Avenue. The victim, an 85-year-old woman, told police that at about 5 p.m. she had been unloading groceries from the trunk of her car in front of her home when she felt something hit the back of her head, knocking her down and knocking the groceries out of her hand.

Police Cmdr. Joseph Dugan says the victim did not see anyone and initially thought that the trunk had shut on her. But a short time later the victim realized that the purse that she’d been carrying around her arm was missing. The victim was transported to Evanston Hospital where she is in stable condition.

Officers searching the area recovered her purse in an alley near the home, but the victim’s wallet and $16 were missing.

Evanston police with the assistance of two K-9 officers from the Chicago Police Department searched the area for the robber with without success.

Dugan says that at this time there is no direct evidence to link Lipscomb to the robbery, but because the incidents happened close to each other in place and time, detectives are looking to interview Lipscomb about the robbery as well as the battery to the ambulance driver.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Evanston Police Department at 847-866-5000.

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Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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