A Northwestern student and his friend were the victims of an attempted robbery near the corner of Foster Street and Maple Street early Monday morning, according to a university statement.
The student and his friend were heading north on Maple Street when a man approached them from behind and tried to take the student’s hat. When the student and his friend turned around, the man asked for money. The student and friend then fled the scene. The friend dropped her coat, which contained her keys and cell phone.
The student and friend said they saw a shiny object in the man’s hand, but could not discern what it was. No one was injured.
The offender was described as an African-American male with a thin build, in his mid-20s, between 5 feet 5 inches tall and 5 feet 10 inches tall, wearing dark clothing. The offender ran north and then west on Simpson Street.