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The Champaign Police Department is investigating a home invasion that occurred on December 09, 2009 at approximately 4:45 am at an apartment in the 500 block of East Healey Street. (map)
Two suspects knocked on the door and entered the victims' apartment with pistols. One victim attempted to approach one of the suspects and was struck in the nose causing a laceration. The suspects then removed various electronic items from the apartment. The suspects then fled from the area.
Two of the victims had just returned to the apartment prior to the suspects knocking. These two victims believe they may have been followed by the two suspects as they walked back to their apartment from the south. The victim who sustained the injury was later treated and released from an area hospital.
Both suspects were black males wearing ski masks. One suspect was described as tall wearing a green sweatshirt. The other suspect was described as short and heavier wearing a gray sweatshirt.
As a result of this crime, the Champaign and University of Illinois Police Departments are increasing patrols in the area and encouraging the campus community to be aware of their surroundings, to exercise caution in accepting visitors to their apartments and to report suspicious individuals by calling 9-1-1.
Anyone with information about this incident should call the Champaign Police Department at 217-351-4545. Information also can be shared anonymously through Crimestoppers by calling 217-373-TIPS or online at:
Crime prevention information can be found on the University of Illinois Division of Public Safety website at http://www.publicsafety.illinois.edu/universitypolice/campussafety.html