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.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. A lot of good catching them did !
    The Daily Northwestern reports:
    “The 16-year-old is awaiting a date for a hearing in juvenile court. One of his alleged accomplices, 17, has been charged with disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor. The third boy, also 17, was released without charges.”

    What does it take to get them off the streets ? and then only for disorderly conduct–a misdemeanor. Even if the 17 year old was released because he did not commit the robbery, he was later with the same group—you run and stay away from the others permanately if you don’t agree with what was done.
    If this is the justice result we will see from the cameras, we might as well save our money.

    Like the man arrested for taking a baseball bat to the two women this week and had been released 19 times before [and some people expected bail this time], we will see these three again in our courts—hopefully before they beat or kill someone.

    Hopefully the victums will file a civil suit for the mental anguish they were caused.

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