Police arrest three in connection with armed robbery

David Fishman, Reporter

Evanston police arrested three people on Tuesday night in an attempted armed robbery near an ATM in south Evanston.

Police received a 911 call at about 9:10 p.m. regarding a possible robbery near an ATM at the Bank of America at 1336 Chicago Avenue., Evanston police Cmdr. Joseph Dugan said. When officers arrived, they observed two males standing near an idling car and a third next to a woman at the ATM with a towel concealing his face.

When the two males saw the officers, Dugan said they fled on foot southbound on Sherman Avenue. The third male, a 19-year-old Evanston resident, exited the vestibule and refused officers’ demands to show his hands, Dugan said. Two officers then took physical control of the male and found a loaded .410 caliber revolver in his waistband.

“The officers were very tactile and definitely showed restraint,” Dugan said. “No officer wants to go out and take the life of a person. It worked out, they recovered the gun, the person was taken into custody and nobody was hurt.”

The female, a 41-year-old Evanston resident, told officers she had been approached by three people who displayed a handgun and told her to remove $200 from the ATM. The woman was not harmed during the incident.

Shortly after, Dugan said, the other two males — a 20-year-old Evanston resident and a 17-year-old boy from Chicago — were located inside the Dempster Street CTA station and on the roof of a building in the 1300 block of Sherman Avenue, respectively.

Dugan said all three males were taken into custody for further investigation and are awaiting charges from the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office.

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