Two accosted by would-be robber

Police are searching for a man who accosted two people near Foster Street and Maple Avenue about 1:15 this morning.

Northwestern University police say the two were walking north on Maple when the man approached them from behind and tried to grab a hat from one of the victims — a male NU student.

When student and his female companion turned around, the man demanded money.

The victims say they saw something shiny in the man’s hand but couldn’t tell what it was.

The victims fled, but as they did so, the woman dropped her coat, containing her keys and cell phone.

University police in the area responded immediately but were unable to recover the coat and possessions.

Neither of the victims were injured.

Police say the suspect was described as an African American male, thin build, in his mid-20s, between 5-feet-5- and 5-feet-10-inches tall, wearing dark clothing. The offender ran north and then west on Simpson Street.

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