Two suspects sought in death of a man beaten and robbed on Howard Street reportedly have been taken into custody by Evanston police.

Alderman Ann Rainey, 8th Ward, says the men, who were shown in surveilance videos recorded at the scene, have been arrested.

“Our police are the best,” Rainey said, but offered no further details.

Update 1:42 p.m.: Evanston police now have confirmed that they’ve taken two people into custody for questioning in the case. But they say no charges have been filed. Police say the North Region Major Crimes Task Force helped Evanston investigators in developing leads that led to identification of the suspects.

61-year-old John Costulas of Rogers Park was walking to work at 5:20 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 2, when he was attacked on the sidewalk near the Marathon gas station at 555 Howard St.

Police say Costulas, who wore hearing aids and walked with a cane, was punched in the head by one of the two assailants. After he fell to the ground, police say, the other assailant went through his pockets before the two fled, leaving him unconscious and bleeding.

Costulas was taken to St. Francis Hospital where he died early on Saturday morning.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Great job

    This is fantastic news. Great job, EPD.

    What kind of people rob and kill a defenseless man with hearing aids and a cane? They have no right to live among decent human beings.

  2. Sick animals

    I wouldn't categorize them has people or even human. These are sick animals that need to be removed from society and never allowed to return. I'm sure their attorney will spin a tail of how disadvantaged they are and how society needs to show compassion for them.

    The truth is that these bangers just don't care. This is why they are dangerous. This is why a 61 year old deaf man was beaten in the head and died.

    I have no compassion for these two animals. I hope they meet their fate in prison and are never given the opportunity to return to society. I hope their days in prison are long. I hope each day for the rest of their life they feel the pain they caused to that man's family. I hope they feel the pain they inflicted onto their own mothers when they look upon their child as they were dragged off to prison.


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