Home Invader Hits UIC Student’s Apartment

CHICAGO (CBS) — Police are on the lookout Tuesday morning after a University of Illinois at Chicago student was the victim of a home invasion and robbery.

The incident happened over the weekend The student, who lived off campus in the 1100 block of West Taylor Street, told police that an intruder broke into the home about 4:45 a.m. Saturday and shined a flashlight in his face.

The suspect searched the student’s pockets and took an ATM card and identification before demanding his PIN number, a UIC crime alert said. The suspect also took an electronic game system before fleeing the apartment.

Police think the suspect — described as a 30- to 40-year-old African-American man, standing 5 feet 6 inches tall and 150 pounds with black hair and brown eyes — entered and left the apartment through an unlocked rear door, according to the alert.

The student was not injured, according to the alert, which urges students to comply with potentially violent offenders intent on stealing property or valuables, as the student did.

Police are also telling students to lock doors and windows and refrain from letting unknown people into their buildings or yards, the alert said.

The block where the student lived is primarily residential, but is in the middle of the busy Taylor Street Little Italy district.

The incident comes in the wake of two other widely-reported attacks in which UIC students were the victims.

Just after midnight on June 5, a UIC student was attacked and robbed while riding a No. 12 Chicago Transit Authority bus on Roosevelt Road at Throop Street. A group of teens got on the bus, and one suspect struck the student with a glass bottle on the back of his head and took the student’s iPod.

Just 25 minutes earlier, a victim was struck multiple times on a CTA bus in the 1300 block of South Racine Avenue before the offenders got off the bus and fled with a cell phone, police said.

Three teens have since been charged in the bus incident.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

  • Legato

    It is up to each individual and what type of situation. However, this shows you of why Chicago is using the wrong approach in fighting crime. Telling us to comply, is telling us of letting the thug have control of the situation. That shows us, that the city policies(no conceal carry, tough gun regulations) has more faith in the criminals.

    • Mr. Justice

      You are correct. The city of Chicago and State of Illinois want all of us to just comply when confronted by thugs. Well, if this punk had broken into my home, let’s just say, he would have had a few holes in his chest. It is time for the citizens of Chicago and Illinois to stand up, fight, and take back your 2nd Amendment Rights. Don’t wait for the puking liberal Democrats to agree to give it back to you. TAKE IT BACK NOW, BEFORE YOU BECOME A VICTIM OF CRIME.

    • Pothead

      Its not against any law to own a well trained German Shepard. I have one and sleep with only my screen door closed in this cool weather. Try it, its great peace of mind. I sleep good.

  • Mike Leahy

    hey johnt………..exactly what is a jungle savage? I can tell you what a racist is……YOU

    • Pothead

      That would be a boog-a-loo thug. Probably already a baby daddy, school drop out. Spending his time now working on his criminal record.

    • johnt

      your momma is one

      • swizzle

        Momma jokes are for idiots incapable of using intelligence to reply. He commented that you are a filty worthless racist and i see you didn’t refute that, i guess even with your limited intelligence you understand he’s correct.

  • jimmy

    Or a rottweiller…. Thugs cross to the other side of the street when my “bodyguard” and I go for a walk.

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