On Saturday, Jan. 9, at approximately 8:30 p.m. UIC Police responded to a Startel report of an automobile hijacking that occurred at 1230 S. Union Ave. UIC Police responded and searched the area with negative results. Four victims, who are not affiliated with UIC, stated that a black male, wearing all black clothing, a black beanie, black mask, with a slim build approached the passenger side of the vehicle (a 2016 white Mercedes with Illinois Registration BF61720) armed with a handgun and demanded the passengers exit the vehicle. Another black male dressed in black clothing held a rifle from the driver’s seat of a black SUV and pointed it at the victims. The victims complied, exited the vehicle, and were not injured. The alleged offenders drove away and both vehicles fled southbound on Union Ave.
The Chicago Police Department will lead the investigation. Anyone with information should call 311.
Approximate crime location mapped: goo.gl/maps/jSeyq3uS94tJyL3S6
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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