Cops: Cell phone thief caught hiding in yard

Evanston resident Francisco Gonzalez, 18, was arrested Monday night after allegedly robbing a man of his phone in a park.

Source: Evanston Police

Evanston resident Francisco Gonzalez, 18, was arrested Monday night after allegedly robbing a man of his phone in a park.

Manuel Rapada, Breaking News Editor

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Police arrested an Evanston teen Monday night after he allegedly robbed someone of his cell phone in a park near the Chicago border.

Francisco Gonzalez, 18, approached a 53-year-old man from behind before snatching his phone at about 7 p.m. in James Park, police said. The man and others who witnessed the incident chased Gonzalez and called police.

Officers later found Gonzalez hiding in a yard less than two blocks east of the park, according to police.

Gonzales, of the 1200 block of Harvard Terrace, was charged with a felony count of theft. He is scheduled to appear in court May 10.

— Manuel Rapada

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