Police looking for persons who threw objects at 5K runners

Police looking for persons who threw objects at 5K runners

CHAMPAIGN - Three runners in the 5K race of the Christie Clinic Illinois marathon were injured by objects believed thrown from a Campustown high rise Friday night.

Champaign police spokeswoman Rene Dunn said just before 8 p.m., police and paramedics were called to the 300 block of East Green Street, where two women and a 10-year-old boy reported being hit by small objects, possibly glass.

Their injuries were described as minor and they finished the race after being treated.

Police believe the objects were thrown from the high rise at 309 E. Green St., C, on the south side of Green Street between Third and Fourth streets.

"Though the runners' injuries were relatively minor, the department is taking this matter very seriously," said Police Chief Anthony Cobb. "Thousands of runners will be running through our Green Street corridor (Saturday) and their safety is our number one priority."

Detectives canvassed the building and surrounding area looking for the throwers. Several plain clothes officers were to be assigned as spotters Saturday and planned to use video equipment to watch buildings.

Crimestoppers is offering a reward of $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of the persons responsible. Anyone with information can call at Champaign police at 217-351-4545 or Crimestoppers at 217-373-8477. 

Information can also be sent by anonymous web tip by going to www.373tips.com or by texting keyword CCTIP plus the information to 274637.

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