Monday, December 14, 2009

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From: Chief of Police Barbara O'Connor <>
Date: Mon, Dec 14, 2009 at 2:56 PM
To: All Faculty & All Academic Professionals & All Civil Service Staff & All Undergrad Students & All Grad Students <>

I write to inform you of troubling incidents that continue within the
Campus District.

The Champaign Police Department is investigating a robbery that occurred
on December 11, 2009 at approximately 4:00 am near the intersection of
Fifth Street and White Street.  The victim was approached from behind and
punched in the face.  The unconscious victim was later brought home by
friends.  When the victim awoke later in the morning, he realized his
wallet was missing.  This victim could provide no information regarding
the person(s) that committed this crime.  The victim sustained a small
abrasion to his cheek.

Champaign Police are also investigating an attempted robbery and
aggravated battery that occurred on December 13, 2009 at approximately
7:10 p.m. near the intersection of Second Street and Springfield Avenue.
The victim believes she was followed by the persons who committed this
crime from the area of First Street and Springfield Avenue.  The victim
was pulled into an alley by the offenders and thrown to the ground.  The
offenders kicked the victim repeatedly in the face and torso.  The
offenders attempted to remove property from the victim.  The screams
coming from the victim attracted the attention of a resident of a nearby
apartment who observed the victim on the ground.  The offenders are
described as three black males in their early twenties.  One of the
offenders was tall with a long face.  Another offender was described as
approximately 5 foot 7 inches tall and slightly overweight with braided
hair and wearing baggy jeans with chains hanging off of them.  All three
offenders were wearing loose bomber type jackets.  The victim sustained
several scratches to her face.

The Urbana Police Department is investigating a robbery that occurred on
December 13, 2009 at approximately 7:55 p.m. in the 400 block of N.
Gregory Street.  The victim had delivered pizzas and was returning to his
vehicle when he was attacked by two or three persons.  The victim was
struck in the head which knocked him to the ground.  The offenders took
property from the victim and fled the area running to the east on the
Clark Street sidewalk towards Lincoln Avenue.  One of the offenders is a
white male.  The other offender is a black male.  Both offenders were
described as college-age males wearing blue jeans.  Information on the
possible third offender was not available.  The victim sustained a
potential head injury and was transported to a local hospital.

University of Illinois Police responded to a report of a robbery on
December 13, 2009 at approximately 11:30 p.m.  This incident occurred in
a ninth floor hallway of Oglesby Hall at Florida Avenue Residence Halls,
Urbana.  The victim was punched in the face and kneed in the groin area
by the persons committing this crime.  One offender threatened the victim
with an implied knife and removed property from the victim.  UIPD
officers were able to locate two suspects.  One suspect was arrested for
armed robbery.  The other suspect was arrested for armed robbery and
intimidation.  UIPD continues to investigate this case and is seeking to
apprehend the two remaining offenders.  One offender was described as a
black male being heavy set with long braided hair down to his shoulders
wearing a baseball cap, blue jeans and white shoes.  The other offender
was described as a shorter black male wearing a dark-colored hooded
sweatshirt and white batting-style gloves.

As a result of these crimes, the University of Illinois Police Department
continues to work with the Champaign and Urbana Police Departments in
preventing such criminal activity and identifying the offenders.  UIPD
maintains an increased patrol focus surrounding these incidents in
addition to continuing special operation details involving additional
police resources within the Campus District.

Anyone with information about these incidents should call the Champaign
Police Department at 217-351-4545, the Urbana Police Department at 217-
384-2320 or the University of Illinois Police Department at 217-333-
1216.  Information also can be shared anonymously through Crimestoppers
by calling 217-373-TIPS or online at:   Crimes in progress,
reporting of suspicious individuals or any event requiring a police
response should be reported to our regional dispatch center by calling 9-

Crime prevention information can be found on the University of Illinois
Division of Public Safety website at

Barbara R. O'Connor, J.D.
Executive Director of Public Safety
Chief of Police
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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