Blotter: Oct. 17

Patrick Svitek, City Editor

Skokie man robbed en route to Craigslist sale

A Skokie man was robbed at knifepoint Tuesday evening as he headed to purchase a car he found on Craigslist in Evanston, according to police.

At about 5:33 p.m., two men approached a 29-year-old Skokie man in the 900 block of Monroe Street, Evanston Police Cmdr. Jay Parrott said. One of the two men displayed a knife and demanded the potential buyer’s money.

The Skokie man handed over an envelope containing $5,000, Parrott said. He was not injured.

Police described the two men as about 5 feet 8 inches, in their 20s and about 140 pounds.

15-year-old boy held at gunpoint in his home

Three masked men held a 15-year-old boy at gunpoint Tuesday afternoon and stole a PlayStation 3 from his south Evanston home, police said.

At about 4:49 p.m., the boy heard familiar voices coming from the back of his house in the 200 block of Hartrey Avenue, Parrott said. The men knocked on the door, and when the boy opened it, one of them showed a gun.

Parrott said the men made the boy lie on the floor while they went through his house. Once they left, he noticed his PlayStation 3 was gone.

The boy was not hurt, Parrott said. The boy told his friend about the incident, and his friend alerted authorities.

— Patrick Svitek