Woman robbed two blocks from UI police department

URBANA — University of Illinois police are investigating the robbery of a woman two blocks north of the University of Illinois police department Tuesday night.

Sgt. Tom Geis said the 26-year-old UI student was walking in the 1100 block of West Main Street en route to her nearby apartment about 9:10 p.m. when she was pushed to the ground from behind.

Geis said the woman was hit in the head with a closed fist at least 10 times by a man.

While she was walking she had earbuds in and her hood up and didn't get a good look at him, Geis said. She told police she had noticed two or three men behind her at the corner of Springfield and Goodwin avenues as she walked north on Goodwin before turning east onto Main Street.

Geis said Wednesday morning that police obtained video from an MTD bus that showed four men in the area where the attack occurred and they are examining it as well as other information to see if they can get a lead on suspects.

After beating the woman, the robber grabbed her bag and took off running to the east and north, he said.

Geis said the woman received scrapes and bruises and was checked out at the hospital but was not seriously injured physically.

Anyone with information is asked to call UI police at 217-333-1216 or Crimestoppers at 217-373-8477. Information may also be sent anonymously online at http://www.373tips.com or by cellphone text message by sending CCTIP plus the information to CRIMES (274637).

Crimestoppers will pay a reward if the information leads to an arrest. Cash rewards are also paid for information on other felony crimes or fugitives in the Champaign County area.

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Yankee_Doodle wrote on January 16, 2014 at 5:01 am

"While she was walking she had earbuds in and her hood up..."

I'm not going to say this young lady was asking to be attacked and by diminishing her situational awareness (listening to music and reducing her peripheral vision) she unwittingly made herself a more attractive target.The criminal predators in this area love stalking the campus grounds because it's ripe with inattentive people like this. I appreciate listening to music as much as the next person and my head gets cold too but there is a time and place to listen to music and a warm hat is inexpensive.

I hope that she, and anyone who reads this article, learns a lesson from this unfortunate incident.