Pair robs man in his car in Urbana

URBANA — An Urbana man was robbed of his cellphone and other electronics Wednesday night, police said.

Lt. Bryant Seraphin said a University of Illinois graduate student living in the 500 block of East Michigan Avenue was sitting in his car talking on his phone about 9:20 p.m. when a man approached the driver's door and asked where a woman's apartment was.

When the 31-year-old victim opened the door to say he didn't know that woman, the assailant pulled the door all the way open, put a small black handgun to the victim's head, and demanded his money. The robber grabbed the man's iPhone and began searching his pockets.

Seraphin said as that was happening, a second man opened the passenger door of the car and started going through the victim's pockets from that side.

The two robbers made off with the man's phone, a power cord for it, a surge protector, a GPS, and a small amount of cash from the victim and the car.

The pair ordered the man to stay in the car and they ran off. He drove to a nearby gas station on Vine Street to report the incident and since he was so close to the police station, they advised him to go there, which he did.

Seraphin said the victim gave incomplete descriptions of the two robbers.

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