Crimestoppers seeks help in solving robbery

Crimestoppers seeks help in solving robbery

CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign Police Department and Champaign County Crimestoppers is seeking the public's help in solving a robbery, aggravated battery and abduction earlier this month in Champaign.

According to a police report, a 33-year-old man from Australia was visiting the United States to attend a conference.

After the man attended a meeting at the University of Illinois on Oct. 20, he ate dinner at Hooters, 1706 State St., C., and took a taxi to Soma, 320 N. Neil St., C. After he left Soma, he went to Guido's at 2 E. Main St., C., where he played pool with several men for a couple of hours.

At about 11:30 p.m., the Australian man decided to walk back to his hotel room in Urbana.

A few minutes after he left Guido's, the man was approached from the side by a group of men who began to punch him in the face and head. When the man fell to the ground, the attackers continued to punch him in the head and kick him in the upper torso. Then the Australian man was pulled into a vehicle, possibly a van, where the attackers continued to punch him in the head until he lost consciousness.

When the victim regained consciousness later that night, he found himself dumped in a corn field, severely beaten and partially clothed in the area of 4300 N. Mattis Ave. The man's cellphone, watch, wallet and some of his clothing had been stolen.

The man made his way to a farm house where nobody was home, so he spent the night in a nearby barn.

When the Australian man woke in the morning, disoriented and suffering from hypothermia, he made his way to the road and eventually flagged down a passing vehicle. An occupant of the vehicle then contacted police.

The man was taken to Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, where he was treated for a severe laceration to the back of his head, a broken nose, swollen right eye, lacerations to his right buttocks and several small cuts, bruises and scratches. The man also has some bleeding on the brain, but it is not believed to require surgery at this time, according to a police report.

Doctors believe it make take up to three weeks before the man will be able to fly back to Australia due to his injuries, the report said.

The description of the attackers was incomplete.

If you have any information about this incident, call Champaign police at 351-4545 or contact Champaign County Crimestoppers at 373-8477.

Tips can also be sent at or by text by sending Tip397 plus the tip to CRIMES (274637).

The information you provide is confidential. You do not have to give your name or appear in court.

Crimestoppers will pay a reward if the information you provide leads to an arrest for this crime.

Cash rewards are also paid for information on other felony crimes or fugitives in the Champaign County area.

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bettycat wrote on October 30, 2011 at 9:10 pm

This is so awful. Internationally awful. Wherever in Australia this guy is from, any of his associates now know of Champaign as criminally unsafe. Champaign, Illinois, USA. Too dangerous. Don't go there. We want to attract business, visitors, tourists. I'm so sorry this man was robbed, terrorized, injured. I hate that this happened in our community. Wow. I don't know what more to say.

debbie d wrote on October 31, 2011 at 4:10 am

bettycat, I think you said it all too perfectly!

mwillis71 wrote on October 31, 2011 at 6:10 am

Where's the community advocacy and public outcry for this poor guy? Ohhh Mr. Miller, where are you with your cape and super powers??

jdmac44 wrote on October 31, 2011 at 3:10 pm

When are we getting concealed carry? Yes, it would have been useful, because I know now to never stay on the same side of the road as another pedestrian, especially at night. If they follow me, I know for sure that it's trouble. Please contact Gov. Quinn and tell him you want HB0148 passed. You don't have to shoot someone for a gun to be a deterrent. Best case scenario would be for them to scamper away. HB0148 requires extensive training designed by the Illinois State Police that will be mandatory for all CCW holders, including laws regarding use of deadly force, safety, etc. Concealed carry has not caused statistically significant problems in the 38 Shall Issue states or the remaining May Issue states, let me choose how to keep from being beaten within an inch of my life and those I love as well.