Northwestern University police say two men tried to rob a student near campus in Evanston early this morning.

The police say the male student was walking northbound on Orrington Avenue at Simpson Street about 12:15 a.m. when two men approached him from behind.

One grabbed the victim in a bear hug while the other pointed a handgun at him.

They demanded that the victim turn over his wallet. When the victim said he did not have a wallet, the man with the gun hit him on the head with it.

The robber holding the victim then pushed him to the ground and the two robbers ran off.

The victim says he heard one of them say, “Open the door,” and believes the robbers got into a waiting car  which then left the area at a high rate of speed. But he didn’t see the car and couldn’t tell which way it was headed.

The victim contacted Evanston and Northwestern police, who searched the area but were unable to locate the robbers or their car.

The victim described both robbers as 6-foot-tall black males in their 20s wearing dark-colored baggy jeans and dark hooded sweatshirts. The one with the gun had a medium build and was wearing a baseball cap. The other man was heavy set.

The victim declined medical treatment. The Evanston Police are investigating this incident and anyone with information about it is asked to call the police at 847-866-5000.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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