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Teen arrested in cell phone robbery

Evanston police have arrested a 16-year-old juvenile and charged him with robbing a 15-year-old of his cell phone outside the Davis Street CTA station Tuesday evening.

Police Commander James Elliot says four youths wearing dark clothing were standing outside the station about 10 p.m. when one pulled a black mask over his mouth and nose, approached the victim and ordered him to empty his pockets.

Elliot says the victim turned over a Samsung cell phone, and the robber fled from the area on foot with his friends.

Police, responding to a report of the incident, spotted four youths matching the description of the group and stopped them a short while later in front of 1101 Grove St.

Elliot says the victim and two other youths who’d witnessed the incident identified the 16-year-old as the one who’d committed the robbery.

Northwestern University police also responded to the scene with a 21-year-old NU student who’d been robbed of two five-dollar bills under similar circumstances a bit earlier in the evening. That victim also identified the 16-year-old as the robber.

The youth charged was released to the custody of his parents pending an appearance in juvenile court.

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