URBANA — University of Illinois police are investigating the robbery of a woman two blocks north of the University of Illinois police department Tuesday night.
Sgt. Tom Geis said the 26-year-old UI student was walking in the 1100 block of West Main Street en route to her nearby apartment about 9:10 p.m. when she was pushed to the ground from behind.
Geis said the woman was hit in the head with a closed fist at least 10 times by a man.
While she was walking she had earbuds in and her hood up and didn't get a good look at him, Geis said. She told police she had noticed two or three men behind her at the corner of Springfield and Goodwin avenues as she walked north on Goodwin before turning east onto Main Street.
Geis said Wednesday morning that police obtained video from an MTD bus that showed four men in the area where the attack occurred and they are examining it as well as other information to see if they can get a lead on suspects.
After beating the woman, the robber grabbed her bag and took off running to the east and north, he said.
Geis said the woman received scrapes and bruises and was checked out at the hospital but was not seriously injured physically.
Anyone with information is asked to call UI police at 217-333-1216 or Crimestoppers at 217-373-8477. Information may also be sent anonymously online at http://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.