2 men charged in botched Craigslist deal

Patrick Svitek, City Editor

Posing as potential buyers, Evanston police Friday evening made two arrests in connection with a botched deal to buy a car off Craigslist.

Martell Henderson, 27, and David Adams, 23, are accused of robbing a Skokie man who thought he was heading to purchase the vehicle Tuesday in the 900 block of Monroe Street in Evanston. They held the man at knife point and took $5,000 from him, according to police.

At about 6 p.m. Friday, an undercover team of investigators arranged another meeting with Adams and Henderson in the 7800 block of Kedvale Avenue in Skokie, Evanston Police Cmdr. Diane Davis said. One of the men lured the investigators to the rear of the location, where he tried to rob one of the investigators at knife point.

Davis said the other man emerged and punched an investigator in the face. After a brief chase, the investigators revealed their identities and took the men into custody.

The investigator who was punched in the face was not injured, Davis said.

Henderson, of the 5600 block of South Ashland Avenue in Chicago, and Adams, of the 18000 block of Dejong Lane in Lansing, Ill., have been charged with armed robbery. They are scheduled to appear in court Nov. 1.

Patrick Svitek