CHICAGO (CBS) — Charges are expected against two suspects, after a pair of DePaul University students were robbed near their dormitory in the Lincoln Park neighborhood.
The young women, both 19, were walking in the 900 block of West Belden Avenue around 11:40 p.m. Monday, when a Ford Taurus pulled up next to them, police said.
A man got out of the passenger side of the car, pointed a gun at the women, and ordered them to hand over their purses, police said. They women hurled their purses at the man, who got back into the car as a woman behind the wheel pulled away, police said.
Shortly after police were notified about the robbery, a public safety officer at DePaul saw the car near the intersection of Fremont Street and Belden Avenue.
The security officer told police where he had seen the car. The report helped police catch the suspects in the 1500 block of North Larrabee Street – about a mile to the south in the old Cabrini-Green area.
After pulling over the car, police said they found two purses and two handguns, one of which was a replica.
The man and the female driver were arrested and later positively identified by the victims as the robbers, police said.
Charges had not been filed as of Wednesday morning.
The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.