Three Northwestern students were robbed in one of two nearly identical weekend incidents near campus, police said. The robberies happened on consecutive nights around nearly the same time.
Evanston Police said three female Northwestern students were approached by two men around 1 a.m. Sunday in the 2000 block of Pratt Court, about two blocks from campus.
Police said one of the men had a silver handgun and demanded the students' valuables. He snatched all three of their purses and one girl's cell phone before the two ran off west on Foster Avenue, police said.
One of the victims' credit cards was later used at a convenience store in Skokie, providing authorities with surveillance images of the suspected robbers.
Police described the gunman as a black man in his 20s, between 5-foot-3 and 5-foot-6. He wore all black clothes.
Almost the exact same thing happened the night before two blocks away. Police said a 16-year-old boy was walking just before 1 a.m. when two men approached him, demanding his cell phone and wallet.
No one was hurt in either robbery.
Evanston Police have not said the two incidents are related but continue looking for the suspects and ask anyone with information about either incident to contact them at 847-866-5000.