Public Safety Crime Alert

INCIDENT:   Robbery

OCCURRED:   August 9, 2012 at approximately 7:10 AM  

LOCATION:   1201 W. University Avenue, Urbana


The University of Illinois Police Department is investigating a Robbery that occurred in Parking Garage B-4 (1201 W. University Avenue, Urbana).

On August 9, 2012, at approximately 7:10 AM the victim was walking down the west side ramp of parking garage B-4 (1201 W. University Avenue, Urbana) towards Mathews Street.  A male offender grabbed her from behind.  The offender forced her to the lower level of the parking garage while attempting to grab the contents of her purse.   After a brief struggle, the offender grabbed the victim's vehicle keys and ran back up the ramp.  The offender fled the parking garage in the victim's vehicle.  The stolen vehicle is a red 2010 Hyundai Sonata with Illinois license plate MRITCH1.


The offender is described as a dark skinned black male, early 20s, short black hair, scruffy facial hair, approximately 6'01" tall, thin muscular build, wearing an orange sleeveless t-shirt and  black nylon shorts.

Information about the race or ethnicity of alleged offenders is provided only to aid detailed descriptions that include physical stature, clothing or unusual characteristics.  Racial descriptions do not, by themselves, offer a meaningful picture of an individual's appearance.


The University of Illinois continues to actively work to identify and apprehend the offender in this incident.  Witnesses to this event or those with information are encouraged to contact the University of Illinois Police Department at 217-333-1216.


Members of the campus community are strongly encouraged to follow these safety tips to decrease their potential for becoming a victim:

-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 - remember your ability to respond is diminished by over-consumption of alcohol.


The University of Illinois, Champaign and Urbana Police Departments are collaborating to provide CrimeReports, a national crime mapping service, with up-to-date crime information. This map includes Clery crimes (homicide, sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, arson and motor vehicle theft), as well as other crimes that are of concern to community members.

You can access the campus district crime map and sign up for daily, weekly, or monthly email alerts at Access to the crime map is available 24 hours a day through the website or through a CrimeReports iPhone application, available for free download in the Apple iTunes store.

Information also can be shared anonymously through Crimestoppers by calling 217-373-TIPS or online at:

Crimes in progress, reporting of suspicious individuals or any event requiring a police response should be reported to our regional dispatch center by calling 9-1-1.

Crime prevention information can be found on the University of Illinois Division of Public Safety website at

Updates to crime alerts can also be found at

Information regarding our commitment to continually enhance campus safety can be found at

Jeffrey T. Christensen
Executive Director of Public Safety
Chief of Police
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


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