INCIDENT:      Robberies

OCCURRED:     July 26, 2014 at approximately 10:54 PM and 11:00 PM

LOCATION:      600 Block of East Chalmers Street, Champaign (map)

                        600 Block of South Sixth Street, Champaign (map)

The Champaign Police Department is investigating two robberies that occurred on July 26, 2014 in the campus area.


The first incident occurred at approximately 10:54 PM in the 600 block of East Chalmers, Champaign. The female victim reported that she was walking on the sidewalk when she was approached by two males. The offenders demanded the victim’s cell phone and bag. The offenders fled eastbound from the scene.

The second incident occurred at approximately 11:00 PM in the 600 block of Sixth Street, Champaign. The male victim reported that he was walking near 607 E. Sixth Street when he was approached by two males. The offenders demanded the victim’s personal property. During the incident one of the offenders punched the victim in the face. The offenders fled in different directions from the scene.


The victim of the first incident described Offender 1 as a black male, with dark skin tone, no facial hair, approximately 20-25 years old, wearing a gray hooded sweat shirt, and red basketball shorts. Offender 2 is described as a male.

The victim of the second incident describe Offender 1 as a male, approximately 18-20 years old, and wearing a red shirt. Offender 2 is described as a male, approximately 18-20 years old, and wearing a white shirt.

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 Champaign Police Department is working to identify and apprehend the offenders.  Witnesses to these events or those with information are encouraged to contact the Champaign Police Department at 351-4545 or Crime Stoppers at 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

Jeffrey T. Christensen

Executive Director of Public Safety

Chief of Police

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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