INCIDENT:   Robbery

OCCURRED:   January 14, 2014 at 9:11 PM

LOCATION:   1100 Block of West Main Street, Urbana map


The University of Illinois and Urbana Police Departments are investigating a robbery that occurred in the evening hours of January, 14, 2014.

On January 14, 2014, at approximately 9:11 PM the victim was returning to her apartment when she was approached from behind in the 1100 block of West Main Street, Urbana. The offender pushed the victim to the ground where she was struck several times in the head. The offender took a bag from the victim during the altercation and left on foot eastbound on Main Street. The offender was not located.


The victim could only describe the offender as a tall male.

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 and Urbana Police Departments continue 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 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


Jeffrey T. Christensen

Executive Director of Public Safety

Chief of Police

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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