INCIDENT:                Robbery           

OCCURED:               Sunday, October 12, 2014 at 5:10 p.m. 

LOCATION:               Illini Union, 1401 W. Green Street, Urbana <map


On Sunday, October 12, 2014 at approximately 5:10 p.m. the victim was utilizing an ATM inside the Illini Union. Immediately after the machine disbursed the cash, the suspect approached the machine, took the cash and left through the southeast doors of the Illini Union. The suspect rode away on a small mountain or BMX style bicycle. The victim was not injured during this encounter. 

The suspect is captured on surveillance video from the Illini Union and it is believed that he had been inside the building for at least three hours prior to this incident. 

Please view the video at <video>. Additional video of the suspect can be viewed at <video 2> and <video 3>. 


The suspect is described as a black male in his 20’s or 30’s, wearing a dark gray hooded sweatshirt under a black jacket, black sweat pants, black shoes and carrying a dark colored back pack at the time of the incident.

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 offenders in this case.  Witnesses to this event or those with information are encouraged to contact the University of Illinois Police 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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