Would-be robber slashes driver near ETHS


The driver of a minivan fought off an assailant's attempt to rob him near the intersection of Church Street and Darrow Avenue on Evanston's west side this morning.

Evanston police say the incident happened about 7:50 a.m.

Cmdr. Jay Parrott says the car's driver, a 54-year-old Evanston resident, had just dropped his son off at Evanston Township High School for final exams.

On his way back home, he was confronted by a man who blocked the intersection of Darrow Avenue and Church Street.

When the driver stopped his car, Parrott says, the offender reached through the driver's side window and grabbed hold of the steering wheel and gearshift.

The man flashed what appeared to be a box cutter type knife, Parrott says, demanded the victim's money, and cut the victim on the left arm, right hand and head.

When the victim still refused to hand over his money, the would-be robber fled on foot.

Parrott says the victim was taken by Fire Department paramedics to Evanston Hospital where he's reported to be in good condition.

The assailant is described as a thin, 5-foot-11-inch tall black male, 35 to 40 years old, wearing jeans.

Parrott says detectives are actively investigating the incident — reviewing surveillance camera videos and interviewing several witnesses.

Top: The victim's Dodge Caravan sits near the Church and Darrow intersection surrounded by police vehicles after the attack.

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