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Youth charged in lottery ticket robbery

A 17-year-old Evanston youth has been charged with aggravated robbery after allegedly threatening an acquaintance with a handgun.

Police Cmdr. Tom Guenther says Savon Tremain Griffith of 2335 Foster St. was one of two youths who held up a 16-year-old Evanston resident in the 2300 block of Emerson Street about 7:45 p.m. on Oct. 25.

Guenther says the victim told police he was out riding his bike when the robbers pinned him against a parked car, and Griffith threatened him and placed a handgun against his side.

The other robber then went through the victim's pockets and took two lottery tickets.

After punching the victim in the face, the robbers fled on foot.

Police who interviewed the victim say they've also identified the other suspect and are still looking for him.

Guenther says that when Griffith was interviewed by juvenile detectives Wednesday he made statements connecting him to the robbery.

Griffith is scheduled to appear in Skokie district court at 9 a.m. Nov. 17.

Update 11/11/11 11 a.m.: Police now say the second suspect, a 16-year-old Evanston resident, has been taken into custody and charged as a juvenile with aggravated robbery.

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