Police investigate 2 armed robberies

CHAMPAIGN — Police said on Monday they were investigating two armed robberies near the University of Illinois campus over the weekend.

According to a police report, a 20-year-old Champaign man and a 21-year-old Champaign woman were walking west in the 400 block of East Healey Street, Champaign, at about 2 a.m. Saturday when a man armed with a black handgun approached them from behind and told them to give him their money and cellphone.

The armed robber was described as a black man with a thick build, 5 feet 4 inches tall, weighing 150 pounds and wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt pulled over his head. The robber also had a red bandana partially covering his face.

Then, at about 2:20 a.m. Saturday, a 20-year-old Champaign woman and a 20-year-old Champaign man were walking east down a sidewalk in the 600 block of East Clark Street, Champaign, when a man displaying a black handgun approached them from behind.

The armed robber told the man and woman to get on the ground and empty their pockets.

The robber than took two cellphones, a digital camera, electronic equipment and cash and ran away north towards University Avenue.

This robber was described as a black man with short hair, medium build, 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighing 150 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He was wearing dark clothing and had a scarf partially covering his face.

Persons with information on either incident are asked to call the Champaign Police Department at 351-4545. or Champaign County Crimestoppers at 217-373-8477. Tips may 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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