Detectives with the Champaign Police Department have noticed a pattern in the reported aggravated battery and mob action cases that have occurred over the past few weeks.
The Investigations Unit and Patrol Division have evaluated the reports and recognized that the majority of victims in these cases are primarily college students found walking alone on the University of Illinois campus after bar closing times. The victims have reported similarities in the method of attacks, the race of the suspects and the number of suspects involved. Reports list the offenders as predominantly African-American males, between the ages of 18 and 25 and traveling in groups of three or more. The victims also report being repeatedly punched and kicked during the attacks and without provocation. These attacks are generally occurring by two or more suspects and in group settings. “One would expect robbery to be the motive, but we just aren’t finding that to be the case,” says Sgt. James Rein. The campus area appears to be the location of choice for most of these crimes and many are occurring between midnight and 3:00 a.m.
The Department began noticing a spike in aggravated battery and mob action cases in August of this year. Since then, police have received approximately 15 reports and are still trying to determine a motive for these crimes.
Champaign Police is currently investigating these crimes, but needs help from the community. Information can reported to the Champaign Police Department at (217) 351-4545 or callers can remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 373-TIPS. Information can also be sent by anonymous web tip by going to: www.373tips.com or by text tip: Tip397 plus the information to CRIMES (274637).