Police Respond to Aggravated Assault Call

On October 23, 2010 at 10:23 a.m., officers responded to the U of IL Police Department for a report of an Aggravated Assault that occurred on October 22, 2010.

Officers made contact with the victim who reported walking in the area of 600 E. Daniel at approximately 11:55 p.m., when he was approached by a group of five to six, white males, “of college age.” One of the suspects called out to the victim. When the victim turned toward the group, one of the suspects pointed a handgun at his face. The victim headed toward Sherman Hall but did not immediately report the incident.

The suspect holding the gun was described as a 6 ft. white male, medium to muscular build, short spiky blond hair, with a square shaped face and large cheeks.

The suspects have not been located at the time; however, Champaign police detectives are continuing to investigate this case.

The University of IL police captured the possible suspects on a camera that is situated in the area. A video of the suspects can be found on the University of IL’s Department of Public Safety webpage. http://illinois.edu/lb/article/2668/44418.

The Champaign Police Department is asking for assistance from the community in providing information about this crime(s). Information can reported to the Champaign Police Department by calling (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 274637 (CRIMES).

Citizens are reminded to:

  • Be alert when out and about.
  • Find a friend to walk with you and plan the safest route to your destination and use it. Choose well-lighted busy streets and avoid passing vacant lots, alleys or construction sites.
  • If you must be out after dark call Campus Police/Safe Walk at 217-333-1216 for an escort or MTD Safe Rides 217-265-RIDE (7433).
  • If you have a cellular phone, always carry it with you, and be ready to dial 911, if you have an emergency.
  • Avoid jogging and biking at night; don’t wear headphones. It’s safer to be alert.
  • Carry your purse close to your body, not dangling by the straps. Put a wallet in an inside coat or front pants pocket.
  • Don’t carry large amounts of cash or credit cards you won’t use.
  • Whether you’re a passenger or driver, keep car doors locked. Be particularly alert in parking lots and garages. Park near an entrance.
  • If someone or something makes you uneasy, trust your instincts and leave.
  • If you are verbally or physically harassed, attract attention by talking loudly or screaming.
  • Be alert to who gets off the bus with you. If you feel uncomfortable, walk directly to a place where there are other people.

If you become a victim, remember to:

  • Remain calm, try not to panic or show any signs of anger or confusion.
  • If the attacker is only after your purse or other valuables do not resist. You do not want to escalate a property crime into a violent confrontation.
  • Make a conscious effort to get an accurate description of your attacker: age, race, complexion, body build, height, weight, type and color of clothing.
  • Call the police immediately, identifying yourself and your location.

-National Crime Prevention Council