Police have charged three Evanston teenagers with aggravated robbery after they allegedly attacked three other youths on Clark Street Beach Thursday evening.

Police Cmdr. Joseph Dugan says officers responded the the robbery call about 8:36 p.m.

The victims, all 16-year-old males from Evanston, said they were on the beach when three youths they didn’t know approached.

One grabbed one of the victims in a headlock, pushed an object into his back telling him it was a handgun and demanded all his property. He got $10 in cash.

A second victim turned over a green Sheffield brand pocket knife.

The third victim, Dugan says, tried to flee on foot, but was tackled by two of the offenders who punched him several times in the torso.  No property was taken from the third victim. All three suspects fled the scene on bicycles.  

Dugan says officers stopped two juveniles in the 1600 block of Hinman Avenue and a third in the 1900 block of Green Bay Road, all who matched the description provided by the victims.

The suspects are all males from Evanston — one 16 years old and the others 17 years old. Dugan says the victims positively identified them as the youths who’d robbed them.  Police recovered the pocket knife taken from one of the victims from one of the 17 year old suspects..  

All three suspectes were transported to the Evanston Police Department and charged with aggravated robbery.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Adds to the teen arrests

    Adds to the teen arrests stats.   Awaiting apology demand from Ms. Courtright.

  2. Do we have any lawyers here?

    I believe that threatening somebody with a fake weapon, which the victim reasonably believes to be a real weapon, qualifies the offender with an “armed robbery” charge just as if the gun was real.

    Kind of a dumb transaction, for a mere $10… Should we hold the schools accountable?

    1. accountability

      Well put..and ALL of these dumb “thugs” are making dumb transactions every time they commit a crime, or attemp to.   This is all parental blame.   Who is brought up thinking it’s okay to act like this…and that there are no consequences for doing dumb things?  Unbelievable that things like this happen all the time, and people think they won’t get caught.

      1. Parent’s Accountability

        While parents probably can’t be criminally charged, we need to consider civil punishment. Your child commits a crime, parents pay for any damages and compensation for any emotional/psychological suffering. Some towns do this and I’ve not heard of those laws being over-turned.

        1. and….

          I would hope that once these kids get home, their parents whoop it to them, and/or make them in some manner, pay for their misdeeds, and give them some sort of punishment.

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