The Champaign Police Department is investigating an aggravated robbery that occurred on the sidewalk in front of The Espresso Royale located at 602 E. Daniel Street, Champaign.
On October 10, 2011 at approximately 4:19 p.m. the victim was sitting outside at a table in front of the Espresso Royale. An individual exited the east door of Espresso Royale and grabbed the victim’s iPad off the table. This Offender (#1) ran westbound on Daniel Street. Another Offender (#2) then exited the same door and displayed a hand gun to the victim. Offender #2 had the handgun in the waistband of his shorts. Offender #2 then casually walked west bound on Daniel.
Offender #1 is described as an approximately 21 year old dark skinned black male, 5’10” tall, weighing 180 lbs. This offender was wearing a white baseball cap with a red bill, black short sleeved shirt, and black shorts. The suspect was also wearing white tennis shoes with black and yellow soles and black socks.
Offender #2 is described as an approximately 23-24 year old black male, 5’8” tall, weighing 180 lbs. This offender was wearing a blue Milwaukee Brewers baseball cap, a black long sleeved shirt, khaki colored knee length shorts, black and red tennis shoes, and black socks.
VIDEO/IMAGES WERE CAPTURED ON UIPD SECURITY CAMERAS of the offenders entering the establishment and then committing the crime/leaving the area.
Information about the race or ethnicity of alleged offenders is provided only to aid detailed descriptions that include physical stature, clothing or unusual characteristics. Racial descriptions do not by themselves offer a meaningful picture of an individual’s appearance.
The Champaign Police Department and University of Illinois Police Department continues to actively work to identify and apprehend the offenders in this incident. Witnesses to this event or those with information are encouraged to contact the Champaign 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 and/or if this subject is observed.
-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 potential safety hazard.
- If you choose to consume alcohol, please drink moderately - remember your ability to respond is diminished by over-consumption of alcohol.
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