Gas station employee hurt in robbery

CHAMPAIGN — An employee of a north Champaign gas station was treated for injuries she received Sunday night when attacked by a robber armed with a hammer.

A release from the Champaign police department said police were called to Freedom Oil, 1406 N. Prospect Ave., at 10:20 p.m.

The employee said a man with a bandana over his face demanded money. He hit her with a hammer, overpowered her, and ordered her to open both the cash register and safe.

After getting the cash, he ran south from the business and was not found by police.

The employee was taken to Carle Foundation Hospital for treatment of what were described as non-life threatening injuries.

Police said the robber was described as a thin black man, about 150 pounds, 5 feet 10 inches tall, with black hair. He was wearing a white bandana over his face, red sunglasses, a black hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, and black and white Nike Michael Jordan tennis shoes.

If you have information about this crime, call Champaign Police at 217-351-4545. Callers can also remain anonymous by calling Crimestoppers at 373-8477. Information can also be sent by anonymous web tip by going to: http://www.373tips.com or by texting: Tip397 plus the information to 274637.

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Shadow wrote on March 04, 2013 at 11:03 am
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Assaulted with a hammer.

I own a dozen or so hammers ranging from weighting only ounces up to 10 pounds. I wonder then, should I surrender my hammers to the local P.D. ?

If the assailant had access to an AR-15 assault rifle with a 40 round magazine, would he have used it ?

If he didn't have either weapon, what might he have used ?

Anything can be used as a weapon. This philosophy is taught in nearly every martial arts acadamy. Anything can be used as a weapon.

Just a bit of food for thought for those who oppose the right to own guns.

Sid Saltfork wrote on March 04, 2013 at 12:03 pm

"An AR-15 with a 40 round magazine" trumps every other handheld weapon.  Which would you rather him to armed with, the AR-15, or the hammer?  Would you prefer the gas station attendant to be armed with the AR-15?  Your just making another excuse for AR-15s in the hands of the "good guys" who ever they maybe.  No one is trying to take your gun away from you.  People are trying to keep guns out of the wrong hands though.  Why does anyone need an AR-15 with a 40 round magazine?  Oh.... because it is their Second Amendment right to protect themselves from the government of the people....right?

johnq wrote on March 04, 2013 at 1:03 pm

  Why does anyone need a AR-15...ask the Korean's who defended their stores during the uprising in L.A. Also Sid...it's called the bill of rights...not the bill of needs.

rsp wrote on March 04, 2013 at 2:03 pm

If the police had done their jobs back then "the Koreans" wouldn't have had to defend their stores. There wouldn't have been any riots to begin with. 

Joe American wrote on March 04, 2013 at 9:03 pm

1.  As good as the police are, you're the first responder to a crime where you're the victim.

2. And as johnq so eloquently stated, it's about the bill of rights, not the bill of needs.

johnq wrote on March 05, 2013 at 8:03 am

  You can't rely on the police to protect you at all times. You are proving my point. The Korean's did need the semi auto rifle to protect their property and lives. Society is unpredictable. I'm not paranoid...just prepared.

SaintClarence27 wrote on March 05, 2013 at 5:03 pm

One can certainly be both.

acylum wrote on March 04, 2013 at 12:03 pm

Good food for thought, Shadow...


Anything can be used as weapon.  I like that.  So, if anything can be used as a weapon, why does anyone need a firearm?  You can use a hammer.


Difference is that a hammer can be used to build a house, hang a picture, fix a door, tear off old shingles, make art and other useful things.  A firearm's function is to kill.


Or, can you use that same AR-15 to build a house as well?


 


 

Bulldogmojo wrote on March 05, 2013 at 2:03 pm

This is awesome!! I can just cut and paste this ruling in response to all the crazy "AR-15 is a birthright" postings. You guys are saving me a lot of typing and it fits into every gun discussion. I just have to highlight different sentences for the slow.

Scalia; http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/554/07-290/

"Like most rights, the Second Amendment right is not unlimited. It is not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose: For example, concealed weapons prohibitions have been upheld under the Amendment or state analogues. The Court’s opinion should not be taken to cast doubt on longstanding prohibitions on the possession of firearms by felons and the mentally ill, or laws forbidding the carrying of firearms in sensitive places such as schools and government buildings, or laws imposing conditions and qualifications on the commercial sale of arms. Miller’s holding that the sorts of weapons protected are those “in common use at the time” finds support in the historical tradition of prohibiting the carrying of dangerous and unusual weapons"

 

EL YATIRI wrote on March 11, 2013 at 11:03 am
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I do not oppose the right to own guns or to carry them in public.

That said, your comment is silly.  Of course anything can be used as a lethal weapon, but it does not logically follow that therefore all lethal weapons are equivalent.  Some weapons can do alot of damage from a distance in a short time.  An assault rifle with a 40 round magazine is not equivalent to a hammer.

ronaldo wrote on March 04, 2013 at 11:03 am

Hoodies.

alabaster jones 71 wrote on March 04, 2013 at 4:03 pm
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They were wearing shoes too.  And jeans.

So, in conclusion, anyone wearing shoes or jeans is a gas station robbing THUG!!!

Sid Saltfork wrote on March 05, 2013 at 11:03 am

I wear jeans, and hoodies.  I wear shoes too.  Oh.. I hope no one considers me a thug when I buy gas!  I don't carry an AR-15.  How will I be able to "be prepared" to defend myself?  I guess that I could carry a hammer.  I could wear a tool belt with my hammer for quick draw.  Of course, I will carry my hammer in plain sight.  I don't want to appear to be one of those cowardly carpenters who carry a hidden hammer.

ronaldo wrote on March 05, 2013 at 1:03 pm

I can't tell which direction you're coming from Sid, but that was pretty darned funny!

Bulldogmojo wrote on March 05, 2013 at 2:03 pm

LOL

screwtech02 wrote on March 04, 2013 at 1:03 pm

Here ya go....


 


 


http://www.likecool.com/DeWalt-16_Nail_Gun--Tools--Gear.html


 


Amen to the "Bill of Rights" ......

jdmac44 wrote on March 04, 2013 at 2:03 pm

Why do police have AR-15's?  Simply to kill?  No, because they know it's an effective means of stopping a threat.  In the end, in close quarters, handguns and rifles kill just the same after   a person has time to bleed out, the difference is stopping power, which is what anyone concerned with self-defense is interested; "How fast can I stop the threat to prevent them from doing harm?"  More effective at stopping *and* killing is a 12 gauge shotgun and they have been used with great effect in mass shootings as well, but the remaining title holder for mass killings goes back to 1927 and that was a series of bombs set off at a school, but they don't talk about that in the news these days.  Google: Bath School Disaster.  44 dead, 58 injuried.  Look at Oklahoma City, Look at 9/11, no guns were used at all, but for some reason we catagorize those events differently; why?  If someone intends to kill and create horrific mayhem, they will find a way.  You're never going to be able to construct a perfectly safe and sterile utopia, but you can trample a lot of liberties and means of people defending themselves in this imperfect world as you try.

jdmac44 wrote on March 04, 2013 at 2:03 pm

PS - Look up Innocents Betrayed on YouTube, it's about how 170,000,000 people were disarmed and slaughtered by their governments in the 20th Century.  You think it can't happen here, that's fine, but don't expect me to rely on that hopeful thinking.  Civilization is fragile, our economy is fragile, the environment is fragile, the prosperity and security that we enjoy now is a rare bubble in human history and there's no guarantee that it will last, I don't expect that it will and when it is interrupted, you won't want to be left naked, which is exactly what you'll be without a robust means of defense.  Decide what you like for yourself, but keep your mitts off of my guns.

serf wrote on March 04, 2013 at 4:03 pm

AAAAHHHHH!!!!!!

RUN FOR THE HILLS!!!!!!THE APOCALYPSE IS ALMOST UPON US!!!!!11!!!!!!111!!

WHEN THE ZOMBIES ATTACK, I CALL DIBS ON THE DANVILLE PRISON!!!!!!!!!111!!!!

serf wrote on March 04, 2013 at 4:03 pm

And, by the way, bombs are strictly regulated, if not outright illegal.

Sid Saltfork wrote on March 04, 2013 at 5:03 pm

Yep, serf.  We have ourselves some good "patriots" who need assault rifles to defend people from a government elected by the people.  "Patriots" living in fear of the fantasy riots they want to happen in the large cities which will spread throughout the country.  "Patriots" who fear their government which is a democracy.  "Patriots" who love their assault rifles more than their Bibles.  "Patriots" is a word I use for those who serve, or have served their country, government, and fellow citizens.  Sadly, "traitors" to their government use the term "patriots" as a way to disguise their images.  The "traitors" preach conspiracy theory, race war, and violent civil disobediance.  Yeah, sure.... they are there for the Korean store owners in Champaign County.  Conceal and carry is not enough for them.  They can only carry hidden pistols.  They want to pack an AR-15 in public.  It is the only way they can impress others that they are a man. 

QuietLogic wrote on March 05, 2013 at 12:03 pm

Sid,


 


Your comments are nearly as ignorant as your ideas... lets go over why, shall we?


     "We have ourselves some good "patriots" who need assault rifles to defend people from a government elected by the people"


Yes, actually, we do. This nation was founded by a group of people who used the 'assault' rifle of their day, to defend themselves against a government...... that attempted to take away a group of people's soverign rights, after they were kicked out of the country they resided in for their beliefs. Modern day 'elected' government is showing those many same functions, with the exception being 1)the era, and 2) they aren't 3000 miles across the atlantic, they're in this country.


     "Patriots" who fear their government which is a democracy. "


Actually, this government is a representative republic. Educate yourself prior to 'opening your mouth' for lack of a better term here. There is absolutely less than zero democracy in this country, only the farce of one.


     Sadly, "traitors" to their government use the term "patriots" as a way to disguise their images. 


So, because people question the leadership of this country's elected officials, and their decision making process, instantly makes them traitors? wow, I thought this was a 'democracy', but you can be judge, jury and everything in between. Sadly, there are far too many people in this country who think the same way you portray to, and it's pathetic. Your lack of forethought makes the enlightened individual sick with disgust at your inability to process basic information. I'm disagreeing with everything you say, does that make me a..... traitor too?


 


     "The "traitors" preach conspiracy theory, race war, and violent civil disobediance. "


Conspiracy thoery? Race war? violent civil disobedience.... Has anyone here done this? Nope. Conspiracy thoery, sure, all conspiracy thoeries are based in a supply of coincidental facts that sometimes can't be overlooked, and begs the question 'why, how, who, where' etc. Those foil hat wearing folks are futher fueled by the lack of offical response, and reason other than "well, this is what we say, so it's right" which creates a cyclical effect of more questions, leading to more of the same answers....


Race war? Can I have what you're smoking? seriously, you're kidding, right? so everyone who agrees with the fact that the bill of rights are inalienable, undenyable, and the cornerstone of what this country is (all articles, not just the 2nd amendment) wants race war? So, by that logic, you're against free speech, right? But you're exercising that right currently, aren't you? how about freedom of the press? wait a second, this is a news article..... finding the flaws in your logic yet pal?


Finally, this gem


     "Conceal and carry is not enough for them.  They can only carry hidden pistols.  They want to pack an AR-15 in public.  It is the only way they can impress others that they are a man."


 


Historically speaking, every state that has embraced a Concealed carry lisencing system, or even an open carry law, have enjoyed a drop in crime rate. This state continues to excel in crime, because criminals 1) don't give two sh!ts about law. 2) don't give half of one about you, or your property, or your right to do anything. They're criminals. making more laws is not a deterrent against forcable action. Only the threat of forcable reaction in turn is such a deterrent. If I wish to pack an AR15 in public, I should be allowed to. Your life is not threatened, untill you cross the line by threatening my life. I promise, if I were to carry one openly, in public, you wouldn't think twice about trying anything nearly as stupid as coming at me, will you? I don't need to impress anyone, I am completely content in who I am.


If you are deterred from attempting to cause violence, through force, the likelyhood of you causing any declines rapidly. Attempting to remove a person's rights creates violence, because those who do not respect the law, are given carte blanche to continue to not respect the law.


 


Is it an unfortunate fact of the society we live in? you bet. However, it's the society we live in. Not as americans, as humans. Gun violence is a fact even in countries that have complete gun bans. (England, Japan... austrailia is on it's way) So, why force a person to be further dependant on a law enforcement system that is underpaid, overworked, and delayed. But hey, remove the guns. I remember seeing a movie once where none of the People had guns, but the military, and police did....... It was called Shindler's List.


 Now, I'm not saying that *is* going to happen, but it enables that scenario to happen. Those who abuse power, will continue to.... and to what end is only determined by those willing to stop it.  By infringing on the rights set fourth in the constitution / bill of rights, they are abusing power.....


 


TL:DR; Your arguements are invalid, and so are your thoughts.. Learn to argue.

Sid Saltfork wrote on March 05, 2013 at 2:03 pm

QuietLogic;  The "government" kicked out of the country was the British government; not the government elected by the people.

Our government maybe a "representative republic", but it is based on Democracy with elected representatives.  "There is absolutely less than zero democracy in this country, only the farce of one" according to you.  Did you hear that on Fox News?

Your counter arguments are not valid.  You play on fear scenarios.  "Shindler's List" was a movie based on a nation's experience under Fascism.  You do not live under a Fascist government.  Your arguing "possibilites" in order to carry your AR-15 in public.

Your claim to logic is about as valid as your "Those who abuse power will continue to....and to what end is only determined by those willing to stop it" proclamation.  I have no doubt that you consider yourself a "patriot" in your possible fantasies.  It comes down to who you feel may "abuse power" which leads to your needing an AR-15 to defend "your" country.  

 Would you justify violence against an elected government because YOU felt it was an abusive government?

QuietLogic is appropriate.  Maybe, it is better that you kept it to yourself.

Bulldogmojo wrote on March 05, 2013 at 2:03 pm

Well first of all is it really necessary for you to put that amount of spaces in your postings? It doesn't make you sound smarter or help your argument.

And if we are using the Nazi's as an example for AR-15 ownership justifications remember this, it took all the branches of the entire fully armed forces of The United States, The Soviet Union and England to repel the Fascism of the Nazi Party which was made up of the entire populous of Germany. Except for the jews, the handicapped, gays and anyone else they deemed deficient. The so called Aryan civilians became the German military. So what makes you think your AR-15 is going to repel a tyrannical government? It is much more likely that you and your ilk will be the willing participants of a tyrannical insurrection because the gun hoarding types use a lot of dialogue that marginalizes other groups of people, not unlike the German propaganda against the Jews.

Fascism is capitalism plus murder. Wallstreet seems to have accomplished quite a bit of that without any government interference at all through unregulated risks and profiting from ramped up weapons sales by exploiting the very fear mongering you are participating in.

 

SaintClarence27 wrote on March 05, 2013 at 5:03 pm

If the military turns on us (which it won't, at least partially because service members are like you and I), what makes you think that you could AT ALL keep up? One Huey would be enough to control an entire city, regardless of whether you have an "assault" weapon.

Lostinspace wrote on March 05, 2013 at 2:03 pm

Just a word of sympathy for the victim.

Sid Saltfork wrote on March 05, 2013 at 5:03 pm

Lostinspace;  Point well taken.

Local Yocal wrote on March 06, 2013 at 2:03 am
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"Police said the robber was described as a thin black man, about 150 pounds, 5 feet 10 inches tall, with black hair. He was wearing ..., a black hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, and black and white Nike Michael Jordan tennis shoes."

Just a word of sympathy for everyone who will be lacing up their Jordans, and heading out in their favorite black hoodie who didn't read this article and just so happens to own a hammer at home. I hope they can prove where they were at the time of the robbery.

freedom2010 wrote on March 07, 2013 at 1:03 pm

stop.............hammer time