Armed robbery of Champaign restaurant reported

Armed robbery of Champaign restaurant reported

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign police have little to go on but are investigating an armed robbery at a west Champaign restaurant that happened early Thursday.

Sgt. Bruce Ramseyer said police were called to LaBamba, 1905 Glenn Park Drive, about 1:20 a.m. after two men made off with cash.

Employees were cleaning up as they prepared to close when two men came in with guns and ordered them to the floor, Ramseyer said. The intruders took money from the register and left. No one was hurt.

The employees gave police minimal descriptions of the robbers. One was wearing a green pants, a black hooded sweatshirt and a black cap with a red bill. The other was in all black clothing, including a black hooded sweatshirt, the victims told police.

Anyone with information is asked to call Champaign police at 217-351-4545 or Champaign County Crimestoppers at 217-373-8477. Information may also be sent anonymously online at www.373tips.com or by cellphone text message by sending CCTIP plus the information to CRIMES (274637).
Crimestoppers will pay a reward if the information leads to an arrest. Cash rewards are also paid for information on other felony crimes or fugitives in the Champaign County area.
 

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Skepticity wrote on August 30, 2014 at 6:08 pm

The story includes a specific description of the robbers' clothing and a request for people to call in information, but the story doesn't even report their race (Black, according to he Champaign Police Media Report CPD5077.pdf). 

If you want people to think about who they may have seen wearing the clothes, who may be the robbers, isn't the race reported by the victims significant? 

The politically correct policies of this paper actually hinder the process of trying to identify suspects.  The men had guns, according to the story.  Isn't public assistance in identifying criminals useful?

 

AdamBogan.com wrote on August 30, 2014 at 10:08 pm

          Yeah, Police and media have been leaving out the suspect(s) race, when they are black, nationwide now for atleast a year. It's probably another suggestion from D.C. It's also possible that the employees didn't see what their race was. There's my 2 cents :)