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Man Arrested for Trying to Rob Student Near Fairfield Hall Last Weekend

Courtesy of Tony WebsterA man has been arrested in connection with the Sept. 29 attempted armed robbery of a Loyola student near Fairfield Residence Hall.

A man has been arrested and charged in connection with the attempted armed robbery of a Loyola student near Fairfield Residence Hall last weekend.

A 19-year-old female Loyola student was walking home on North Winthrop Avenue Sept. 29 at about 11:45 p.m. when she was threatened by a man who displayed a pointed object. He claimed to have a gun but didn’t show it. The student was able to make it into Fairfield unscathed, and the offender fled, a crime alert sent by Loyola Campus Safety after the incident said.

Now, an Evanston man has been charged in connection with the crime, according to the Chicago Police Department (CPD).

Randall Mercer, 38, from the 700 block of Grey Avenue in Evanston, was arrested at about 1 p.m. Oct. 2 after being positively identified in the 6400 block of North Sheridan Avenue, according to CPD News Affairs Officer Michelle Tannehill.

Mercer has been charged with one count of misdemeanor criminal trespass to real property.

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