Northwestern University police say a woman walking from the Foster Street ‘L’ station in Evanston early this morning was robbed of her cell phone by a man who grabbed her and implied he had a gun.

Police say the incident happened about 2:20 a.m.. The woman had just gotten off a bus that stopped at the ‘L’ station and started walking across the parking lot of the university’s Engelhart Hall at 1915 Maple Ave. when a man who she believed had also been on the bus asked her about the train schedule.

Police say the man then grabbed her arms and pulled them behind her back. He implied he had a gun, but didn’t display a weapon. He then grabbed the victim’s phone and walked away heading east on Foster on the south side of the street.

The victim described the offender as a black man between 20 and 25 years old, 5-feet 7-inches tall, about 200-220 pounds, with a dark complexion, short hair and wearing a gray, zip-up, hooded, sweat shirt and blue jeans.

Evanston police are investigating and person’s with information about the incident can call the police at 847-866-5000.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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