Report: Suspects arrested in Howard homicide

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.


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