Blotter: Nov. 4

Patrick Svitek, City Editor

Masked men attack, rob 15-year-old boy on Halloween

Five people in ski masks attacked and robbed a 15-year-old boy on the night of Halloween in west Evanston, according to police.

Evanston Police Cmdr. Jay Parrott said the boy was walking his dog when the incident happened at about 8 p.m. Thursday on a sidewalk in the 1000 block of Florence Avenue. The people, all male and wearing dark clothing in addition to the masks, approached the boy, demanded his money and punched him in the face, leaving him bleeding from the mouth and nose.

The people fled with the boy’s Android cell phone and $7, Parrott said. The boy picked up his dog, ran to a neighbor’s house and had the neighbor call police.

Officers checked the area and stopped several people, though the boy did not identify them as the people who attacked and robbed him, Parrott said.

— Patrick Svitek