INCIDENT:     Home Invasion


OCCURRED:  Saturday, May, 17, 2014 at 2:28 AM and 4:11 AM


LOCATION:   400 block of South Busey Avenue, Urbana



On Saturday, May 17, 2014 at approximately 2:28 AM a resident of the 400 block of South Busey Avenue reported that a suspect knocked on a window with a handgun.  When another resident ran outside, the suspect fled south from the area on foot.


Also on Saturday, May 17, 2014 at approximately 4:11 AM a different resident of the 400 block of South Busey Avenue awoke with a suspect on top of her in her bed.  The victim was beaten by the suspect with a handgun.



It is believed that the suspect in both of these incidents is the same person.  The suspect is described as a black male, unknown exact age, but believed to be less than 40 years old, no taller than 6’ with a medium build.  The suspect was last seen wearing a yellow/white hooded sweatshirt or jacket.  The offender was armed with a handgun.

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 Urbana Police Department is working to identify and apprehend the offender.  Witnesses to this event or those with information are encouraged to contact the Urbana Police Department at 217-384-2320 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


SafeWalks is a courtesy service provided to University of Illinois students, faculty, or staff, so that they do not have to walk alone within the campus area. Information on SafeWalks can be found at

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