[URGENT] Public Safety Advisory

On Sunday, Feb. 21, at 2:21 a.m., UIC Police responded to a report of attempted vehicular hijacking at 1251 S. Union Ave. Upon arrival at the scene, UIC Police were notified that the victim, the owner of a Range Rover, had left the vehicle unsecured with passengers in the back seat while retrieving food. The male offender – described as wearing a black hoodie and carrying a black handgun in his right pocket – arrived in a Silver Jeep Cherokee (IL Plate AM7463) with three male passengers. The offender jumped into the driver’s seat of the Range Rover, put the car in drive, and hit the victim. A second victim inside the back seat attempted to flee from the vehicle. When the offender saw there were passengers, he jumped out of the Range Rover and fled southbound on Union Ave. in the Silver Jeep, along with the three other offenders. The injured victim, who is not affiliated with UIC, was treated on scene. 

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

Approximate crime location mapped: https://goo.gl/maps/PqiqtvRTdigzAmF26 

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. Effective January 2021, the university will no longer routinely use race, ethnicity or national origin as a descriptor in public safety advisories. Updates to investigations are not sent by email but will be posted online at: emergency.uic.edu/public-safety-advisory/

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