Blotter: April 23

Ina Yang, Reporter

Man threatens Whole Foods employee with gun

An man allegedly brandished a handgun Friday, threatening a Whole Foods Market employee in downtown Evanston.

The employee, a 38-year-old Chicago man, said he was on his usual smoking break outside the store, 1640 Chicago Ave., at about 8:20 p.m. when a stranger approached him, Cmdr. Jay Parrott said. The passer-by reportedly took out a handgun from his waistband and told the employee, “You should die.”

The stranger was described as a man about 30 to 35 years of age, wearing glasses, a black coat and a black backpack. Detectives are investigating the case.

Parking meter stolen on Oak Avenue

A parking meter near the Davis Metra station was recently stolen, police said.

The parking meter in the 1700 block of Oak Avenue was dug up and removed sometime between April 2 and April 9, Parrott said. The meter, last seen April 2, is considered stolen city property, Parrott said.

Detectives are working to locate any possible camera footage of the area during the time frame of the incident, Parrott said.

— Ina Yang

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