Blotter: Jan. 31

Julian Gerez, Reporter

Police arrest city man in connection with battery

Police arrested an Evanston resident downtown early Wednesday morning in connection with punching a 54-year-old man. 

The 54-year-old man said he was walking en route to the Hilda’s Place Transitional Shelter, 1458 Chicago Ave., at about 12:50 a.m. when three men approached him. Evanston Police Cmdr. Jay Parrott said one of the men grabbed the 54-year-old from behind the neck, called him a “crackhead” and punched him in the left side of his face, making his glasses fall off.

Police said the men were refused service at a local bar prior to the incident. The Evanston resident who allegedly battered the 54-year-old was arrested in the 1400 block of Maple Ave., a couple of blocks away from the original incident.

The resident, 23, is slated to appear in court in late February.

Masked men steal doughnuts, chips from gas station

Three men donning dark clothing and ski masks stole about $75 in doughnuts and chips from a west Evanston gas station Wednesday night. 

Parrott said the men grabbed the snacks straight off of the shelves at the Citgo, 2401 Dempster St., before fleeing the scene at about 10 p.m.

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