[Urgent] Public Safety Advisory

On Tuesday, April 7, at approximately 4:15 p.m., UIC Police responded to a report of an armed robbery that occurred at 1234 S. Union St. The victim, who is not affiliated with UIC, reported that she was walking southbound when she was approached by an unknown offender. The offender, who is described as a black female in her late 20’s, approximately 5’10” tall, wearing a black tank top, skinny jeans, and braided hair, grabbed the victim’s purse causing the victim to be slammed to the ground. The victim received minor injuries during the altercation and refused medical attention. The offender entered a gray sedan as a passenger and the car fled southbound on Union St.

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The Chicago Police Department will lead the investigation. Anyone with information should call 311.

UIC Police offer the following security tips:

  • Be aware of your surroundings. Use all your senses to be alert for danger, and when walking alone, don’t wear headphones or earbuds.
  • Don’t display valuables in public.
  • On campus, look for the location of the nearest emergency call box (there are more than 1,500 across campus.)
  • To contact the UIC Police, call 312-355-5555 for emergencies or 312-996-2830 for non-emergencies.
  • Report crime promptly to police.

Public safety advisories are distributed to the university community in compliance with the federal Clery Act. UIC Police may also issue notifications for off-campus crimes in the interest of public-safety awareness. Security tips are standard precautions, not special or incident-specific measures. Offender descriptions and precise locations are provided only to aid in the identification of possible suspects. Updates to investigations are not sent by email but will be posted online at: https://emergency.uic.edu/public-safety-advisory/

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