A 15-year-old Skokie youth is facing robbery charges after an Evanston police officer reportedly spotted him carrying a purse.
Police Cmdr. Tom Guenther says police were called to the area of Ridge Avenue and Case Street in south Evanston about 12:30 p.m. Monday, where a woman told them a male teenager had just snatched her purse and then ran eastbound on Case.
Guenther says an officer checking the rear stairwell of an apartment building in the 200 block of Elmwood Avenue, a block east of the crime scene, saw a suspect matching the description of the robber and noticed he was carrying a silver purse matching the description of the one stolen from the victim.
When the suspect spotted the officer he threw the purse out the porch window.
Guenther says the officer managed to take the suspect into custody after a brief struggle, and that the victim later identified the suspect as the person who'd robbed her.
He says police recovered the purse and confirmed it was the one stolen from the victim and that they found other personal items belonging to the victim on the suspect.
He's now been charged as a juvenile with robbery, battery to a police officer and resisting arrest.