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OCCURRED: January 21st, 2011, approximately 9:52 pm
LOCATION: Outside the English Building, 608 South Wright Street, Urbana (map)
The University of Illinois Police Department is investigating a robbery that occurred near the English Building, 608 South Wright Street, Urbana. The crime was reported by the victim at approximately 10:07 pm.
On January 21st, 2011 at approximately 9:50 pm the victim was walking eastbound in the 600 block of East Daniel Street towards the English Building. As the victim continued walking east between the English Building and the Henry Administration Building, he was approached by an individual from behind. The individual placed the victim in a choke hold and stated “give it to me”. The victim gave the offender his property and the offender fled from the scene.
After the robbery occurred, the victim chased the offender south on the Quad, west to Chalmers and eventually to Sixth Street until he lost sight of the offender.
The victim advised there were three or four people standing near him when the robbery occurred.
The offender is described as a black male, 5 feet 8 inches tall, 19-24 years of age, medium build, wearing a white hoodie jacket, a black and blue hat with a brim, black or blue shoes and gloves. The victim also stated the offender had a beard and a high pitched voice.
The University of Illinois Police Department is actively investigating this incident. Witnesses to this event or those with information are encouraged to contact the University of Illinois Police Department.
Members of the campus community are strongly encouraged to follow these safety tips to decrease their potential for becoming a victim:
Stay alert - call the police immediately to report suspicious activity.
Trust your instincts - if it does not feel right, call for help.
Avoid walking alone at night. Travel in groups when possible and always walk in well-lit, heavily traveled areas.
Turn down your electronic devices. Excessive volume or use of electronic devices (iPods, PDAs, cell phones, etc.) can distract you from a potential safety hazard.
Drink responsibly - remember your ability to respond is diminished by over-consumption of alcohol.
Anyone with information about this incident should call 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 911.
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
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