Champaign man arrested after attempted robbery

Champaign man arrested after attempted robbery

URBANA — A Champaign man is being held in the Champaign County Jail on a preliminary charge of attempted robbery after he allegedly tried to rob a woman in Urbana at knifepoint.

Urbana police Sgt. Joel Sanders said a 22-year-old University of Illinois student was walking her dog near the intersection of Green and McCullough streets just before 10 p.m. Friday.

A man came up behind her, placed a pocketknife to her neck and demanded her "stuff," Sanders said.

Sanders said the woman turned and fell and the would-be robber ran off. The woman and her dog returned home and she called police.

Sanders said Allen Schaffer, 24, who listed an address in the 1500 block of North Willis Avenue, was found in the 400 block of North Vine Street not long after the incident.

Sanders said the woman identified Schaffer as the man who tried to rob her and he was arrested.

Schaffer appeared Saturday in court, where Judge Arnold Blockman set his bond at $250,000. He is expected to be formally charged on Monday.

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DK wrote on May 11, 2013 at 1:05 pm

Seriously??? A woman walking ALONE after dark, no cell phone, no pepper spray and from reading this story I would assume she was surprised that she was a potential victim? Even without the phone or spray she was a potential victim! Unfortunately, ever person(s), woman or man walking alone at night is vulnerable - get real folks! She is SO very lucky she was not hurt or worse ---- makes me crazy when people are SO careless!

java wrote on May 11, 2013 at 3:05 pm

this is wrong to blame the victim. The woman had her dog with her. Maybe this is why the guy ran off. We should be able to walk without fear of judgement. It is not like it was two am.

awilson wrote on May 11, 2013 at 4:05 pm

We should be able to walk alone at night.  We should be able to leave our doors unlocked.  We should be able to trust that our kids will be safe walking to school.  Unfortunately, that's not the world we, actually, live in.  If you want to be a victim, do things to make it easier to be a victim.  If you want to stay safe, don't so stupid things like walk in areas known for attacks, robberies, etc alone at night.  My daughter's a student at the U of I and I never allow her to walk alone at night.  That's not blaming the victim for being a victim, but everyone should try to be responsible in order to stay safe.  Last time I checked this ain't Mayberry folks.