Police seek suspects in two armed robberies near UI campus

Police seek suspects in two armed robberies near UI campus

CHAMPAIGN — Police are looking for suspects in two armed robberies that occurred near the University of Illinois campus last week.

The first happened at about 6:10 a.m. Thursday in the 300 block of East Clark Street. According to a University of Illinois police news release, the offender pointed a small, silver, "rusty" handgun at the victim and eventually stole property.

Police describe the offender in the first incident "as a black male, who sounded young, approximately 17 years old, around 5 feet, 6 inches tall with a thin build and a slight goatee. The offender was wearing a burgundy ball cap at the time of the incident."

Then, on Saturday morning around 7:15 a.m., a second armed robbery occurred in the 100 block of South Fourth Street. Police said the offender robbed the victim with a small, silver revolver with tape around the handle. He then rode away on a red bicycle and was last seen going north from the area.

The offender in the second incident is described as "a black male, approximately 20 years old, 5 feet, 9 inches tall, 150 pounds, 'scruffy' facial hair. He was last seen wearing a black baseball style cap, white tee shirt and blue jean shorts."

Anyone with information that could help police is asked to call the Champaign Police Department at 351-4545. Callers can remain anonymous by calling Crimestoppers at 373-8477 (TIPS.) Information can also be sent by anonymous web tip at http://www.373tips.com or by texting keyword "CCTIP" plus the information to 274637 (CRIMES).

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sanjuan wrote on June 16, 2013 at 4:06 pm

Dear News Gazette,

If you're going to pick up a day old U of I crime alert which was issued on a Saturday, you might want to A) give the day of the first robbery and B) recognize that, since this was published on a Sunday, the crimes occurred last week, not this week as story indicates.

Orbiter wrote on June 16, 2013 at 8:06 pm