Two report being hit by blow darts in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign police took two reports Tuesday night of pedestrians being hit in the arm with blow darts.

Spokeswoman Rene Dunn said the first happened about 8:25 p.m. near the intersection of Fourth and John streets.

A 21-year-old University of Illinois student living in Champaign was walking north on the east side of Fourth Street crossing John Street when she felt something sharp enter her left forearm.

"It was a blow dart sticking in her arm," said Dunn, adding that the woman didn't see any people or vehicles around her.

She went to Carle Foundation Hospital's emergency room for treatment.

About 90 minutes later, Carle officials contacted police with a second similar report, she said.

About 10 p.m., a 35-year-old Urbana man was walking east on the north side of Springfield Avenue crossing First Street when he felt a sharp pain in his left forearm that turned out to be a dart. That man also did not see any suspects or vehicles in the area and went to Carle for treatment.

Dunn said in both incidents, police took the darts as evidence.

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cgirl wrote on August 21, 2013 at 1:08 pm

Odd

ROB McCOLLEY wrote on August 21, 2013 at 2:08 pm
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Someone does not yet realize that he's facing charges of attempted homicide.

Danno wrote on August 21, 2013 at 4:08 pm

Of the two that come to mind, either real Africans or, Brazilian Rain Forrest dwellers. U of I (I'm fairly confident other agencies are looking closely, too), check your International student list; maybe a honked off Indonesian or, a wanna be. Conceal-carry doesn't include this instrument; to the best of my knowledge there are no monkees swinging tree-to-tree around here.