Public Safety Crime Alert

INCIDENT:   Robbery

OCCURRED:  Saturday, April 6, 2013 at approximately 2:40 AM

LOCATION:   200 block East Peabody, Champaign


The University of Illinois Police Department is investigating a robbery that occurred in the 200 block of East Peabody, Champaign.

On Saturday, April 6th at approximately 2:40 AM, an individual was walking in the area of Hopkins and Forbes Halls.  The individual was approached by a group of subjects who battered him.  The victim's phone was taken during this incident.  

This incident is similar to two other incidents that were reported to the Urbana and Champaign Police Departments during the early morning hours of April 6th, 2013.

At approximately 0222 hours, an individual was walking in the 400 block of South Busey, Urbana when he was approached by a group of subjects who battered him for no apparent reason.  A witness in the area of this incident stated the offenders were a group of four black male subjects and one white male subject.

At approximately 0256 hours, two individuals were in the 50 block of East Chalmers, Champaign when they were battered by a group of subjects.  The offenders in this case were described as two black males, one white male and one Hispanic male, all 18 to 22 years old.  The offenders were said to be in a silver four door vehicle.


The offenders in the incident that occurred in the 200 block of East Peabody, Champaign are described as three black males and one white male.  The victim described the main offender as a black male wearing a white V-neck shirt with a long silver necklace/chain that hung down to his stomach area.  The victim believed the suspects entered a smaller dark colored older four door vehicle and left north on First Street from the area of Stadium Drive.

The University of Illinois Police Department has video of possible suspects in this case.  At this time, it is unknown if the subjects in the video are related to any of these incidents, but they are persons of interest and the University of Illinois Police would like to identify and speak to these subjects.  The video can be viewed at

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 Police Department is working to identify and apprehend the offender(s) in this incident as well as cooperating with the Urbana and Champaign Police Departments regarding their cases.  Witnesses to this event or those with information are encouraged to contact the University of Illinois Police Department at 217-333-1216 or Crime Stoppers at 217-373-TIPS (8477).


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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