Police investigate reported sexual assault in Champaign

Police investigate reported sexual assault in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — Police are investigating a reported sexual assault that happened over the weekend in Champaign.

According to a police report, an 18-year-old woman told officers that somebody sexually assaulted her in the vicinity of West Side Park sometime between 11 p.m. Friday and 12:49 a.m. Saturday.

Champaign police spokeswoman Rene Dunn said Sunday night that the victim was not able to give a detailed description of her attacker.

Dunn said the woman was taken to an area hospital for evaluation.

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Skepticity wrote on July 20, 2014 at 10:07 pm

How detailed does the description need to be to have some use in informing the public?

 

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alabaster jones 71 wrote on July 21, 2014 at 1:07 am
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Well, that certainly narrows it down!

A black guy of average height and weight.  Perhaps you can help me understand how that description might be useful?  

I live a few blocks from West Side Park, and there are multiple individuals in my neighborhood who fit that vague description.  Should I call the police on all of them as possible suspects, or what?

Skepticity wrote on July 22, 2014 at 2:07 am

If you don't publicize the description, people who may have recognized someone fitting the description and who saw them in the area of the crime near the time of the crime won't be able to call in a tip.  If the public is not made aware, there is less chance of a tip to the police. 

I would prefer that the perpetrator be arrested before repeating the crime.

alabaster jones 71 wrote on July 22, 2014 at 6:07 pm
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So, if I saw an average sized black dude in the vicinity of West Side Park that night, that would be a "tip" useful to the investigation?

Skepticity wrote on July 23, 2014 at 12:07 pm

If you saw a specific identifiable individual matching the description of the perpetrator, hanging out in the vicinity of the crime near the time of the crime, PLEASE call in a tip. 

Even if the person you saw is not the person who committed the crime, THEY may have seen and be able to identify the person who committed the crime. 

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Or you can just dismiss the whole idea of citizens assisting the police and avoid taking any responsibility as a citizen for helping improve safety in our community.  Just do nothing, accept that there will always be crime and there is no purpose in trying to help police fight it. 

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You have convinced me.  Working to stop criminals is useless, let's just surrender the streets to the criminals and give up on the community. 

Why bother reporting that there are crimes, anyway? Wouldn't everyone feel happier if we all thought that we had a crime free community?