Evanston police say officers arrested three robbers Tuesday evening as they tried to force a woman to withdraw cash from an ATM machine at the Bank of America branch at 1336 Chicago Ave.

Police Cmdr. Joseph Dugan says that ,alerted by a 911 call, responding officers saw two male subjects standing near an idling vehicle in the parking lot and a woman in the ATM vestibule with a male subject who had a towel covering his face.

When the two males observed the patrol car, they fled on foot southbound on Sherman Avenue.

When the man and woman left the ATM area, an officer saw that the man had his hands in his waistband area. Dugan says the officer gave the male subject several verbal commands to remove his hands from the front of his waistband, which were met with negative results.

The officer and a back-up officer were forced to take physical control of the male subject, who is 19 years old and a resident of Evanston and take him into custody, during which time a loaded .410 caliber Taurus revolver was recovered from his waistband.

The female, who is 41 years old and a resident of Evanston, said that she was approached by the subjects who displayed a handgun and demanded she withdraw $200.00 from the ATM.  

Responding officers searching for the subjects that fled the parking lot on foot, located one, a 20-year-old male Evanston resident inside the Dempster Street CTA station.  The second, a 17 year old Chicago resident, was located on the roof of a building in the 1300 block of Sherman Avenue by the Evanston Police canine. The vehicle that was idling in the parking lot was discovered to have been reported stolen out of Chicago.  

All three subjects were transported to the Evanston Police Department for further investigation.  The victim was not injured in the incident.

Names of the two adults arrested are expected to be released once formal charges are filed.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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    1. ATM Attempted Robbery

      Great police (and police dog) work — Several years ago, I was approached by a gang of youths while at a drive-through ATM near Ridge & Howard — as they approached, I cancelled my transaction& quickly drove out of that ATM facility.

      keep an eye on your surroundings & anyone who is approaching.   Certain areas of Evanston ARE NOT the quiet, family enclaves that they were, 35 – 40 years ago !

    2. About Time!
      Great Work!
      Get All The Scum That Choose a Life of Crime
      and Want to “Play” with Firearms and Will Take a Human Life
      at the Drop of a Hat!

  1. Thank you Evanston Police !

    Another great job by EPD and another situation where a 19 year old male is carrying a gun.

    Keep up your great work EPD.

    But what are we going to do about the proliferation of guns amongst our youth?


  2. Kudos to the 911 caller!

    In addition to the great job of the EPD, a special kudos goes out to the person who called 911. I cannot even imagine how I would have reacted if I witnessed this, but something tells me it would have been sheer panic. I'm glad this person had the presence of mind to call and stay safe at the same time. Everyday citizens are the eyes and ears of the police, so I am hopeful everyone remains vigilant and present at all times. You never know when you might be able to save a life…

  3. Gold Stars to All
    Nice job for all of EPD. Handled the scene and did the job. We know it wasn’t easy but because you controlled it so well, it seemed that way.

    EPD your the best.

  4. Good job

    Thank you to that 911 caller – you may have saved a life! I was robbed at an ATM in San Francisco and it was terrifying so I know how that woman feels. And of course thank you EPD for responding so fast and handling it so well. This is my local ATM and I thought it was pretty safe. Just sent my 16 yo in there the other evening, probably won't do that again.

    1. Congratulations

      The best part of this story, is that the suspects were apprehended WITHOUT being killed !


      1. A risk they take

        Well..it is always a good thing that perpetrators don't get killed….HOWEVER….when people commit crimes..WITH weapons used for the intent to harm people, then none of us should ever feel surprised or angered when they DO get shot. That's part of the dumb risk these thugs take when they assault someone. They don't seem to value life, so I surely don't value theirs……

  5. ATM robbery– GO EPD!!

    I, too, think the 911 caller should get an award. Way to be heads-up and a good citizen. And congrats to the EPD for arresting those little scumbags without causing undue harm. That is their job and they clearly know what they are doing. I'm grateful.

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