Blotter: Oct. 4

Patrick Svitek, City Editor

Police, fire officials investigate apartment fire

Authorities are investigating an apartment fire Tuesday night near Main Street.

At about 8:30 p.m., the Evanston fire department responded to the blaze in a 45-year-old resident’s unit in the 800 block of Hinman Avenue, according to police.

The fire happened under “suspicious circumstances,” Evanston Police Cmdr. Jay Parrott said. An accelerant was used.

Police and fire officials are looking into the incident.

Three men attack, rob Evanston resident

An Evanston man was hit with a metal pipe, beaten and robbed early Wednesday morning near the Chicago border, according to police.

Three men attacked the 32-year-old resident after he left the Howard Street Chicago Transit Authority station at about 4 a.m., Parrott said. While the resident was waiting at a cab stand, one of the three men struck him in the leg with the pipe from behind while the other two punched and kicked him.

Parrott said the men took $150 and an ID from the resident.

The resident traveled home in a cab, slept and went to St. Francis Hospital after he woke up, Parrott said.

Police described the three men as all black, 20 to 30 years old, 5 foot 11 to 6 foot 2 and 185 to 200 pounds. The three men were all wearing blue jeans, while one was wearing a white T-shirt and another one a red T-shirt.

Parrott said police are trying to find video of the attack.

— Patrick Svitek