Police investigate three robberies

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign police are investigating three robberies that occurred earlier this week, two of which involved a gun and appear to be related.

Sgt. Dave Griffet said just before 11 p.m. Sunday, a masked man entered the Circle K, 1301 S, Mattis Ave., C, displayed a pistol, and asked for cash. The clerk handed over money and the man ran out.

Griffet said he was black, about 5 feet 6 inches tall, 160 pounds. No age was given. He was wearing a black hooded shirt, black puffy coat, and a black mask over his face and gloves.

About 24 hours later, a man was robbed at gunpoint in the 1400 block of Hollycrest Drive.

In that case, which happened about 10:50 p.m. Monday, Griffet said two men were sitting on a porch when they were approached by a man who asked for directions.

The man asking for directions then displayed a gun and demanded one man's wallet, which he handed over.

The robber was described as a black man, about 5 feet 8 inches tall, 175 pounds with black hair and brown eyes, about 25 years old. He was wearing a white T-shirt and shorts and had short hair.

There was a second man who Griffet said just stood by. He was described as a black man, about 25 years old, 6 feet tall, 170 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He was wearing a black shirt.

The robber got the man's wallet which contained cash and identification. He and his accomplice ran to a nearby white Oldsmobile.

The third holdup, which involve different suspects, happened about 1:15 a.m. Wednesday near West Side Park.

Griffet said a 23-year-old Champaign man was walking in the 100 block of Elm Street between University and Church when he was approached by a woman who asked him for the time.

As he was responding, a man came up from behind him and put him in a choke hold. The victim reported he lost consciousness but when he awoke, discovered his wallet, keys and a cell phone were gone.

The victim said he never saw a weapon but felt something hard being poked into his back by the man, whom he described as being about 25 years old, black, about 6 feet tall, weighing 250 pounds. He had black hair and brown eyes. The woman was described as a black woman about 5 feet 10 inches tall, 130 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.

No arrests have been made in any of the holdups.

Anyone with information is asked to call Champaign police at 351-4545 or Crimestoppers at 217-373-8477. Anonymous 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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Speakerman11 wrote on July 26, 2012 at 5:07 pm

So what does the law say about being robbed by an armed individual when you are on your front porch?  Can you still blast them, since they ARE on YOUR property or are you only allowed to do so if the robbery occured inside ones home?  Just wondering?

Sid Saltfork wrote on July 26, 2012 at 6:07 pm

Illinois does have a Stand Your Ground law.  I do not know how it would be interpreted locally. I know that if you are elderly or disabled, you can use a gun, or weapon to defend yourself.  If they are on your porch trying to rob you, you don't know what is going to happen even if you cooperate with them.  Why take the chance?  Following them off of your property with a weapon would be a different story.