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Teen held in armed robbery attempt

A 14-year-old Evanston resident is in the county juvenile detention center facing charges in connection with the attempted armed robbery of a 26-year-old Evanston woman Sunday night.

Police say the woman told them that as she stepped out of her car after parking it behind her residence in the 2000 block of Ridge Avenue just before 7 p.m., three male subjects confronted her. One pointed a handgun at her and demanded money.

As she was taking money out of her purse, police say, the offender tried to grab the purse and struck her on the head with the gun. At that the victim screamed and the three offenders fled.

Police say the victim then ran to her residence and called police with a description of the would-be robbers.

Officers responding to the call detained subjects seen in the area that matched her description and, in a show-up conducted on the street, the victim identified one of the subjects as the youth who’d tried to rob her.

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