UI police investigate crimes involving bicyclists

UI police investigate crimes involving bicyclists

URBANA — University of Illinois police are investigating two crimes involving bicyclists Saturday night in Champaign-Urbana.

According to a police report, a University of Illinois employee was walking near a parking lot in the 1100 block of West Western Avenue, Urbana, at about 8:30 p.m.

Saturday when three people riding bicycles approached him from behind.

The employee said the three men surrounded him, and one of the hit him on the back of the head with the butt of a black handgun.

While the man was held at gunpoint, a second bicyclist searched his pocket and took the victim’s I-card. Then the three bicyclists rode away south on Goodwin Avenue.

No information was available on the victim’s condition on Monday night.

Then at 9:30 p.m., another victim was kicked and punched by one of three people riding bicycles at the intersection of First and Healey in Champaign.

One of the bicyclists was described as a 20- to 25-year-old black male. He is 6 feet tall and was wearing a white crew neck T-shirt and shorts.

The description of the other two bicyclists was incomplete.

Persons with information about either attack are asked to call the University of Illinois Police Department at 333-1216, Champaign Police Department at 351-4545 or Champaign County Crimestoppers at 373-TIPS.

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