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A 35-year-old Chicago man has been charged with robbing a Pizza Hut restaurant at 951 Howard St. in Evanston.

Police Cmdr. Diane Davis says that on Wednesday at about 9:40 p.m. officers were called to the restaurant where a store clerk told them a man had come in earlier in the evening and asked to be paid to wash the restaurant’s windows.

When employees turned him down, the man left, but he allegedly returned an hour later and placed a hand-written note on the counter that read, “Give me the money or you are going to die.”

With that, the clerk handed over $62 from the register and the robber fled, taking the note with him, but leaving behind his image on a video surveillance recording.

Officers failed to find the robber in a search of the area that evening, but on Friday, Davis says, detectives spotted a man on Howard Street matching the video image and still wearing some of the clothes seen in the video.

Davis says store employees picked the suspect, Warren Morris, 35, of the 4200 block of West Carroll Avenue in Chicago, as the robber in a lineup, but that Morris has not admitted to commiting the crime.

He’s due to appear in Skokie district court on the robbery charge at 9 a.m. on April 16.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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