Police investigate robbery, attack on UI campus

Police investigate robbery, attack on UI campus

URBANA — Police are investigating a Thursday night robbery near the University of Illinois campus.

According to a UI police press release, the victim was walking at 9:45 p.m. in the 1000 block of West Main Street, near Goodwin Avenue, when seven to 10 people exited a van and started throwing rocks at him.

The offenders approached the victim as he tried to leave the area, battered him and stole several items from him. They got back in the minivan and headed east from Harvey Street in the alley between Main and Clark streets.

The suspects were all described as black males who were small in stature, according to UI police, and they may be high school age.

While leaving the scene, the newer model, light blue Dodge or Chrysler minivan backed over a curb and into a pole, which may have left damage on the rear toward the driver's side. It is also possible that the rear tires or wheels of the minivan may have been damaged when it backed over the curb.

The Urbana Police Department is leading the investigation. Witnesses or those with information are encouraged to contact the Urbana Police Department at 217-384-2320 or Champaign County Crime Stoppers at 217-373-TIPS (8477). Information may also be left anonymously online at http://www.373tips.com or by sending a text message with CCTIP plus the information to CRIMES (274637).

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jk23 wrote on May 09, 2014 at 5:05 pm

People are starting to get their concealed carry permits.  These headlines may be very different in the near future.  

MPCPlatinum wrote on May 09, 2014 at 8:05 pm

 It will definitely be a different headline if I'm the one being jumped, believe that.

Nice Davis wrote on May 14, 2014 at 7:05 am

I love seeing the false bravado crowd come out of the woodwork whenever there's a crime reported. Playing pretend superhero is a kids' game, fellas.

"Things sure would be different if they messed with me! I'm a tough guy!" Hahaha. It's one part pitiable, two parts laughable.

mhartpu82 wrote on May 10, 2014 at 9:05 am

I thought the same thing! Those kids are fortunate, although since the liberals in this state insist on campus and so many other places remaining gun free, I guess we are just supposed to accept being defenseless in these random robberies and beatings that occur way too frequently. 

Alexander wrote on May 10, 2014 at 12:05 pm

Yeah, maybe a concealed carry permit will make "things different". But what if all that means is that the criminals will be packing even more? So instead of being battered, you kill one perp and then his two friends fire back and kill you? I guess conservative thinking never goes that deep though.