Three female Northwestern University students were victims of an armed robbery early today near the school's Evanston campus.
The students told police they were walking northbound in the 2000 block of Pratt Court in the middle of the street about 1:10 a.m. when two men approached them, one walking on the west sidewalk, the other on the east side.
The suspects ordered the students to stop. One man displayed a silver handgun and demanded their valuables. The suspect with the handgun then snatched the purse of one of the victims and also took her cell phone. The suspects then took the purses of the other two victims before fleeing westbound on Foster Street towards Ridge Avenue.
The three students were not injured.
The victims described the suspect with the handgun as a heavy set, African American man in his late 20s, between 5-feet 3-inches and 5-feet 6-inches tall, and wearing all black clothing. A detailed description of the second offender could not be obtained.
This was the second armed robbery in as many days near the Evanston campus.
In a separate incident, a 16-year-old Evanston youth was the victim of an armed robbery early Saturday in the 1900 block of Orrington Avenue. It is not clear if the suspects in the two robberies are the same.
Evanston police are investigating both incident. Anyone with information about the robberies is asked to call the police department at 847-866-5000.