A 44-year-old Evanston man has been charged with attempted armed robbery and aggravated battery in connection with a stabbing incident last month near Evanston Township High School

Police Cmdr. Jay Parrott says the victim, a 53-year-old Evanston resident had just dropped his son off at ETHS for final exams about 7:50 a.m. on June 11 when, as he was driving home, he was confronted by a man who blocked the intersection of Davis Street and Darrow Avenue.

When the victim stopped his car, the would-be robber reached through the driver’s side window, grabbed the steering wheel, showed what appeared to be a box-cutter and demanded the victim’s money.

When the victim refused to hand over his money, the assailant cut him on the left arm, right hand and head before fleeing on foot from the scene.

Parrott says that thanks to the cooperation of witnesses and an anonymous tip received through Chicago police, officers were able to identify Harry P. Jackson, 44, of 1570 Dewey Ave. as the attacker.

Police had found a jacket believed worn by the would-be robber in a back yard in the 1500 block of Dewey Avenue the day of the crime.

Parrott says that after Jackson was identified as a suspect, witnesses were able to identify him through a photo array and a physical line-up.

Jackson is due to appear in Skokie district court at 9 a.m. on July 24.

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Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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