Three men abandoned their weekend robbery attempt when the Northwestern University student they had confronted pointed out that they were standing in front of the university police station.
The incident began about 10:40 p.m. Sunday as the student walked east in the 500 block of Clark Street, according to a university alert. The student passed a large group of men walking toward him on the south side of the street, and as he passed, one person in the group yelled "yo" at him, the alert states.
The student did not respond and kept walking, turning north on the east side of Hinman Avenue. Three men approached him and demanded his money.
"Empty your pockets or we'll shoot you," the alert quotes one of the would-be robbers. The men did not display a weapon, the alert notes.
The student told the three men that he didn't think it was a good idea to rob him while they were standing in front of the university police station, according to the alert.
The three men fled south on Hinman and west on Clark. The student was unable to provide police with a detailed description of the men, and neither Evanston police officers nor university police were able to locate them.
Anyone with information about the incident should contact Evanston police at 847-866-5000.