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On July 28, 2010 at 1:25 am, the Champaign and University of Illinois Police Departments responded to an aggravated robbery that occurred near the intersection of Fifth Street and Stoughton Street, Champaign.
The victim was on the southwest corner of Stoughton and Fifth when she observed a person across the street from her location. The person appeared to be intoxicated as he stumbled across the street towards her. The victim advised the person continued to walk towards her where he eventually grabbed her by the throat and yanked her purse from her body. The offender then ran east away from the victim and was not located.
A witness to the crime observed a white or light colored four door compact to midsize car parked near the location where the aggravated robbery occurred. The witness thought the car may have been involved in the incident because as the offender ran east from the location of the aggravated robbery, the car accelerated at a rapid rate, as if to meet up with the offender on Sixth Street. The vehicle, and the person(s) who may have been in the vehicle, have not been located.
The offender was described as a medium toned black male, early twenties, 5 foot 10 inches tall, 180 lbs with a short (buzz cut) hair style. The offender was wearing a white baggy T-shirt, black or dark navy blue basketball style shorts and possibly dark shoes. The face of the offender was described as very round.
Fortunately, the victim and witness were not injured in the incident.
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