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.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Misguided youth

    I hope this doesn't prevent this poor youth from obtaining employment in the future. Nice job EPD!

    1. That’s right good job Evanston PD

      You better believe it's a good job by the Evanston Police Department! How do you think the lady who's purse the punk snatched felt? Fine, you feel sorry for this punk? Lets put the blame where it belongs, the parents! How about we throw the parents in jail until they get a handle on their "misguided youth"! This is what's wrong with this world… feel sorry for the poor misguided youth, what a load of trash. A 15 year old knows it's wrong to steel someone else's property. I would doubt that this kid will ever grow up to be anything anyway. Better yet, throw the whole family in jail for a couple of days and let the punishment begin!!


      That's right, good job Evanston PD and keep up the good work!!

      1. Our troubled youth


        I believe the posting you are responding to is awash in sarcasm. It appears to be  in reference to the proposed changes in cannabis arrests the mayor is considering. Great job to the Evanston Police and I hope the injured officer has a speedy recovery.

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