Police: Chicago man knifed and bit Evanston man over iPad

Police: Chicago man knifed and bit Evanston man over iPad (August 21, 2012)

An Evanston man who tried to sell his iPad on Craigslist wound up cut with a knife and bitten while trying to defend himself during an armed robbery, authorities said today.

Sean Thomas, 20, of the 8100 block of South Lafayette Avenue, Chicago, was charged with armed robbery after he allegedly responded to a Craigslist post advertising an Apple iPad, according to Evanston police.

A 31-year-old Evanston man posted the ad and made an appointment with a prospective buyer to meet in the 800 block of Noyes Street late Sunday night, according to an Evanston police news release.

When the buyer arrived, he grabbed the iPad and ran away without paying, the release said. The Evanston man chased him for three blocks before catching him in the 2200 block of Maple Avenue, police said.

During a struggle, the prospective buyer pulled out a knife and “cut the victim several times on his body” and “bit the victim on the arm,” according to the press release.

The iPad seller disarmed the alleged robber and retrieved the iPad before calling police, authorities said. He was treated for his wounds at Evanston Hospital, the release said.

Thomas could not be reached for comment. He is scheduled to appear in court Aug. 29 at the Skokie courthouse.

 

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