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.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

Join the Conversation

1 Comment

  1. ‘Tis the season
    Are we surprised in the least bit? Now that the crime map is up and running we should all sit back and watch how the street robberies and burglaries skyrocket this time of year. NU students are most often the victims of the burglaries because our cowardly burglars know the vast majority of students leave town for weeks during the holidays. Thus, leaving all their expensive laptops, ipods, flat screens, and other goodies ‘secured’ at home. My suggestion to all that leave town..share the costs with roomates, friends, etc and rent a storage locker for all your valuables. Somewhat of a pain, but you will return to maybe a broken in door or window, but at least these thugs wont be selling your laptop for drugs!
    The street robbing increases because,again these criminals are ‘smart’ and know people are preoccupied with the cold weather,snow, etc. Walking around with your hat pulled down tight, scarf around your mouth, ears covered, and your hands in your pocket make you an excellent target of opportunity. It’s very hard to call 911 on your cell phone with it burried in your layered Northface ensemble. Furthermore, it’s hard to get a good description of the offender when they too are bundled up. Bottom line…be aware of your surroundings and be careful!

Leave a comment
The goal of our comment policy is to make the comments section a vibrant yet civil space. Treat each other with respect — even the people you disagree with. Whenever possible, provide links to credible documentary evidence to back up your factual claims.

Your email address will not be published.