Two weekend campus robberies reported

Two weekend campus robberies reported

CHAMPAIGN — University of Illinois police issued a crime alert Monday about two robberies that occurred in Campustown on Saturday night.

The first robbery occurred at 10:54 p.m. on the 600 block of East Chalmers Street and the second one happened at 11 p.m. on the 600 Block of South Sixth Street in Champaign.

In the first incident a woman was walking on the sidewalk in the 600 block of East Chalmers when two men approached her. They demanded her cell phone and bag, then ran east. A few blocks away, at around 11 p.m., a man was walking in the 600 block of South Sixth Street when two men approached him. They demanded his personal property and during the incident one of the attackers punched the victim in the face. The attackers ran off in different directions.

According to police, the victim of the first incident described the first offender as an approximately 20- to 25-year-old black male with dark skin tone and no facial hair. He was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and red basketball shorts. The second offender was described as a male.

According to police, the victim of the second incident describe one of the offenders as an approximately 18- to 20-year-old male wearing a red shirt. The second offender was described as an approximately 18- to 20-year-old man wearing a white shirt.

Witnesses or those with information are encouraged to contact the Champaign Police Department at 351-4545 or Crimestoppers at 373-TIPS (8477).

You can also leave a tip anonymously online at or via text by sending CCTip plus the information to CRIMES (274637).

Meantime, police issued the following guidelines.

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

— Trust 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 electronic devices. Excessive volume or use of electronic devices (iPods, PDAs, cell phones, etc.) can distract from potential safety hazards.

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

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