Evanston police have a person of interest in the break-in of an apartment shared by two Northwestern University students who reported being threatened and robbed, police said Tuesday.

The incident took place about 2 a.m., in the 600 block of Clark Street, police said, in an area just off Evanston’s downtown area. The suspect forcibly entered the apartment by breaking a window on a rear door and was confronted by one of the students once inside, said Perry Polinski, the department’s communications coordinator.

The suspect verbally threatened one student, Polinski said, prior to grabbing a backpack containing a laptop and wallet and fleeing. He said responding officers picked up a person that matched the description of the suspect in the area several minutes after the incident was reported.

Polinski said investigators are working to determine whether the person of interest is linked to the incident and also whether there are any video cameras in the area that may have captured anything. There were no injuries, he said.

A security alert sent out by the university advised community members to be alert when traveling on or off-campus, especially at night. Suspicious activity should be reported immediately to University Police or Evanston police by dialing 911 or by using a blue light emergency phone, the alert advised.

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