Blotter: April 1

Julian Gerez, Assistant City Editor

Evanston resident charged with battery and aggravated assault

An Evanston resident threatened another man, 61, with a knife after slapping him in downtown Evanston on Friday morning.

The man, 57, was riding his bike on the sidewalk in the 1700 block of Maple Avenue when he got into a verbal disagreement with the older man, Evanston Police Cmdr. Jay Parrott said. The 57-year-old swore, got off his bike and slapped the other man, also from Evanston, before pulling out a knife and threatening him, police said. 

The 57-year-old fled on his bike, but was eventually found by police. He was identified by the older man at a police show-up, police said. He was arrested in connection with battery and aggravated assault. 

Teenagers steal bike worth about $700

Two teenagers stole a BMX bike worth about $700 from in front of a restaurant near the Chicago-Evanston border Friday night. 

A 14-year-old Chicago resident left his bike outside the McDonald’s at 1117 W. Howard St. and then observed two male teens stealing his bike, Parrott said. He attempted to chase down the teens on foot, but both fled into Chicago.

Police are investigating possible video evidence of the incident.

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