Help sought in finding bicyclist who grabbed purse

URBANA -- The University of Illinois police department is looking for help finding a man who robbed a woman of her purse.

About 5:47 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 8, UI officers responded to a report of a robbery in the 1000 block of Clark Street in Urbana, near the intersection of Clark Street and Goodwin Avenue.

The female victim reported that a man on a bicycle grabbed her purse as he was riding past her then fled north on Goodwin Avenue. 

She described the robber as being a black male, approximately 20 years old, 6 feet tall, medium build, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and black jeans. The victim said there was another man riding a bicycle in front of the suspect, but he did not participate in the robbery.

She was unable to provide any further description of the second man.  The victim?s purse and its contents were stolen.

Anyone with information on this robbery is asked to call the UI police department at 217-333-1216 or Crimestoppers at 217-373-8477. Tips can also be sent at www.373tips.com 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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deangrossm wrote on October 15, 2012 at 2:10 pm

I'm kicking myself for not turning my car around and following those suspects west on University when we saw them.  We were driving east on University, and as we approached Goodwin, we saw two young men peddling fast on their bicycles west on the wrong side of the street.  We saw the second young man clutching a purse, and my daughter said, "He looks like he just stole that purse."  Sure enough, here came a young woman running after them up Goodwin.  There was a police car two cars behind me, and I thought, surely they saw it too and would follow up.