Police looking for robbers who mugged man on campus

Police looking for robbers who mugged man on campus

URBANA — University of Illinois police are looking for two men who robbed a man of cash on campus early Friday.

A UI police report said the man was walking in the 100 block of South Mathews Avenue in Urbana about 3:10 a.m. when a car stopped in the road and two men got out to ask for directions.

As the men got close to the pedestrian, one slapped him in the shoulder and demanded money. The man handed it over and the pair got back in the car, turned around and drove south, the wrong direction, on Mathews toward Green Street.

The victim didn't report the robbery until about noon Friday.

The robbers were described as being about college-age, each about 5 feet 8 inches tall, wearing dark clothing.

The one who hit the victim had a white earring in each ear, short hair and large sideburns that possibly turned into a beard.

The car was described as an older, black four-door sedan.

Anyone with information is asked to call UI police at 333-1216 or Crimestoppers at 373-8477. Tips can also be submitted online by going to the Crimestoppers website: www.champaigncountycrimestoppers.com.




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ROB McCOLLEY wrote on April 06, 2013 at 12:04 pm
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I can't believe the attackers were described as "men." That's so sexist.

John Galtski wrote on April 06, 2013 at 3:04 pm

I can't believe (well actually, I can) that if the robbers are white, that wasn't mentioned in the story. When suspects are black/African American, it seems that always is mentioned in the News-Gazette.

Not naming one in news stories, but consistently naming the other, is racist journalism.

cretis16 wrote on April 06, 2013 at 5:04 pm

Why is it racist? It helps to identify the guilty. A few years ago I was robbed in Chicago, the first question they asked was the race of the assilant. Give the race of the thugs...white or black.

Danno wrote on April 06, 2013 at 5:04 pm

It helps identify a 'suspect' or, 'person of interest'. The assumption of Guilt is not presumed at this point.(?).

John Galtski wrote on April 06, 2013 at 6:04 pm

You didn't read my comment carefully. I agree, identify race in both cases (and others, of other kinds of thugs) if possible. But the News-Gazette seems to identify the race of black suspects, but not of white ones. Which, if true, is a racist imbalance in their journalism.