UIC Student Mugged Near Campus

CHICAGO (CBS) — Officials at University of Illinois at Chicago were warning students to be extra cautious after a student was mugged near the school’s Near West Side campus on Wednesday.

At 11:25 p.m. Wednesday, a UIC student was walking north on the 700 block of South Laflin Street when he spotted two men getting out of a red SUV in the alley off West Lexington Street, according to campus police.

One of the men was armed with a semi-automatic handgun and approached the student and demanded his book bag. The victim set his bag down on the ground and the second offender picked it up, police said.

The crimes apparently didn’t stop there. The suspects targeted a second man on the street.

The would-be victim told CBS 2 he and his friends ran inside an apartment building, and one of the suspects tried to push his way in the door. The resident managed to shut the door first.

“I’ve never seen a handgun before, in somebody’s hand pointing towards me,” the man, who asked to remain anonymous, told CBS 2’s Pamela Jones. “I’ve seen a gun in a cop’s hand or a soldier’s hand, but never in a criminal’s hand. So it’s kind of scary.”

UIC police say between Sept. 12 and 18 they took 16 theft reports. They did arrest two Chicago men for robbing a student near Western and Flournoy on Sept. 6.

Police said the gunman in Wednesday’s robbery was a black male, 20 to 23 years old, 5 feet 6 inches tall and 160 pounds. He had braided black hair and was wearing a dark baseball cap with white trim, a dark hoodie and blue jeans.

The second offender was described as a black male, 20 to 23 years old, 5 feet 6 inches tall and 160 pounds. He was wearing dark clothing.

UIC Police and Harrison Area Chicago Police detectives were investigating.

The university also advised students to comply with any armed offenders intent on stealing property or valuables. They cautioned students to be aware of their surroundings; travel in groups when possible, especially after dark; use well-lit walkways; and to be aware of the location of the nearest emergency call box.

UIC has more than 1,500 such call boxes on campus.

  • Leroy Goldberg

    Offenders were two Black males, what a shocker.

  • Just Axin

    Wow, 1,500 call boxes to choose from! Maybe Tyrone will let you take a few minutes to call and wait for assistance. Naw, he’ll just stick a gun in your face and steal what he could never get on his own.

  • Mohammed Bin

    That sound suspicious to me, those were two white male disguised as black males.
    Black males are always an easy target to blame. I have not seen a 5’6” 20 to 23 black male since “Spud”, whatever his last name is, retired from the NBA. That should be proof enough. I can promise you this, bring back the job from China and I assure you, you will not have this problem especially on this scale. Oh check the Mugs In The News you might be surprised who is becoming state property. Lastly guess who is behind all this gangster rap, someone with a last name containing berg, stein or something like that. So, this is just poetic justice Leroy Goldberg.

    • Roberta Waker

      Are you kidding? White males disguised as black males? There are a lot of black males that fit the description. If you open your eyes you just might see lots of them in Chicago and the surrounding area. The comment on last names ending in berg, stein, is racist and doesn’t belong here. I DO agree that we should bring jobs back from China so everyone that wants to work, CAN, but there are a lot of ILLEGALS taking American jobs in this country too.

    • FAH-Q

      The comment below was aimed at you !

  • FAH-Q

    You’re an annoying, stupid @ ss hole, so please goanfukyouself!!!

  • Jefferson Davis

    These Negro slaves need to be rounded up, stripped, and horsewhipped. Negroes are not to be allowed off the plantations.

  • Enough already

    Racial Profilling is the answer

  • Jimmy

    I’m not a racist, I’m a statistician.

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