Champaign County Crimestoppers this week is seeking help from the public in solving two robberies in Urbana during the morning hours of Jan. 13.
In the first robbery, a woman reported that she was walking along the railroad tracks behind the Travel Lodge Motel in the 400 block of West University Avenue about 8:15 a.m. Jan. 13. Two males wearing black clothing approached. One of them showed the woman a handgun and demanded she turn over her money.
In the second robbery, another woman reported that two males approached her near the intersection of Lincoln and Western avenues about 8:25 a.m. They demanded money from the woman, but no weapon was seen during the second robbery.
One robber is described as a black male, 16 to 18 years old, about 6 feet tall with an average build. He was wearing a black winter coat, black pants and black tennis shoes.
The second robber is described as a black male, 12 to 16 years old, between 5 feet 3 inches and 5 feet 7 inches tall. He was wearing a black winter coat with a Nike ?swoosh? emblem and black pants.
Urbana police are requesting any information anyone has about these robberies.
Crimestoppers will pay a reward for information leading to the arrest of the people responsible for these robberies. If you have any information, call Crimestoppers at 373-TIPS (373-8477).
Callers do not have to give their names nor appear in court. Cash rewards also are paid for information given on other felony crimes or fugitives in the Champaign County area.