Attempted armed robbery reported on UI campus

Attempted armed robbery reported on UI campus

University of Illinois police have issued a warning about an attempted armed robbery early Friday.

UI police say a man was walking at about 3 a.m. in the 50 block of East John Street when another man came toward him with a knife and demanded his wallet and phone.

The victim refused. The robber lunged at him, cutting him, but the victim punched the robber in the nose, possibly causing injury.

The robber left in an unknown direction. He is described as a black man 30 to 35 years old, 5 feet 10 inches tall, 190 pounds, with two to three days of stubble on his face, wearing a dark blue, black or green hooded jacket and blue jeans. He may have an injury to his nose or face.

Witnesses or those with information are encouraged to contact the Champaign Police Department at 351-4545 or, to remain anonymous Crime Stoppers at 373-TIPS (8477). Information can be provided anonymously online at http://www.373tips.com or by text message by sending CCTip plus the information to CRIMES (274637).

UI police have the following safety tips:

Stay alert: call the police immediately to report suspicious activity and/or if this subject is observed.

Trust your instincts: if it does not feel right, call for help.

Avoid walking alone at night. Travel in groups when possible and always walk in well-lit, heavily traveled areas.

Turn down your electronic devices. Excessive volume or use of electronic devices (iPods, PDAs, cell phones, etc.) can distract you from potential safety hazards.

If you choose to consume alcohol, please drink moderately. Your ability to respond is diminished by over-consumption of alcohol.

SafeWalks is a courtesy service provided to University of Illinois students, faculty, or staff, so that they do not have to walk alone within the campus area. Information on SafeWalks can be found at http://www.publicsafety.illinois.edu/universitypolice/SafeWalks.html

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Skepticity wrote on July 19, 2014 at 2:07 pm

Don't the police recommend you just hand over your goods when confronted by an armed robber?  The nerve of the victim in refusing to stand and deliver when asked!  I hope he was not cut too seriously. 

By the way did the assailant receive a special permit to carry that knife around on campus? 

Or WAS it on campus?  The headline says it was "on campus," but the address was the 50 block of East John Street.  Is that University property?

Would the victim have been legally able to carry a concealed firearm at that location if he had received proper training and had the correct papers?