Man robbed outside coffee shop in campus

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign police are investigating an aggravated robbery in the campus area late Monday afternoon.

According to a police report, a man was sitting outside at a table in front of the Espresso Royale, 602 E. Daniel St., at 4:19 p.m. when one man walked out the east door of the business and grabbed the man's iPad off the table before running away west on Daniel.

Then a second man left the same door and displayed a handgun to the victim, with the handgun in the waistband of his shorts. The second man then walked away west on Daniel.

The robber was described as a 21-year-old black man. He is 5 feet, 10 inches tall and weighs 180 pounds. He was wearing a white baseball cap with a red bill, a black short-sleeved shirt, black shorts, white tennis shoes with black and yellow soles and black socks.

The man who displayed the handgun was described as a black man 23 to 24 years old. He is 5 feet, 8 inches tall and weighs 180 pounds. He 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.

University of Illinois police security cameras captured videos of the men entering the business and then committing the crime. The videos may be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BH8I-aTfiDM and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7H6BgWecVWE.

People with information about the incident are asked to call Champaign police at 351-4545.

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mankind wrote on October 10, 2011 at 10:10 pm

Too bad those security cameras aren't equipped with firearms.

fortherecord wrote on October 11, 2011 at 12:10 am

Why was my post commemorating the News Gazette for their description removed? Just when I thought you guys had taken a step in the right direction...

ronaldo wrote on October 11, 2011 at 8:10 am

Ooppps......got it.

Speakerman11 wrote on October 11, 2011 at 4:10 pm

Whats really too bad is that there wasnt an MTD bus headed south on 6th street, going about 35mph, when that thief ran out in the middle of the street.