On Wednesday, Oct. 14, at approximately 12 a.m. UIC Police responded to a report of a vehicle hijacking that occurred in the 800 block of W. Maxwell St. Two victims, who are not affiliated with UIC, were sitting in their parked car located on the city street when they were approached by two male offenders. One of the offenders implied that he had a firearm. The victims were ordered out of their vehicle and told to give up their property. The offenders then took the victim’s vehicle, a red Nissan Maxima, and headed northbound on S. Halsted St. The first offender is described as a black male in his 20s, wearing a white sweatshirt; the second offender is described as a black male in his 20s, wearing a gray and white Nike windbreaker. There were no injuries reported.
The Chicago Police Department will lead the investigation. Anyone with information should call 311.
Approximate crime location mapped: goo.gl/maps/Ryk8v9U6rmcwh6zk6
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: emergency.uic.edu/public-safety-advisory/
UIC Annual Security Report www.clery.uic.edu
Chicago Police Department Crime Incidents gis.chicagopolice.org/clearmap/startpage.htm
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