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 http://www.373tips.com or by text by sending Tip397 plus the tip to CRIMES (274637).
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Crimestoppers will pay a reward if the information you provide leads to an arrest for this crime.
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