On Sunday, March 14, at approximately 8:30 p.m. UIC Police responded to a report of an aggravated vehicular hijacking that occurred at 802 W. Maxwell St. Officers met with the victim who reported that while returning to his black Dodge Journey SUV he was approached by a red Saturn SUV. A male offender, approximately 20 years old wearing a black hoodie and black face mask, exited the Saturn, produced a firearm and demanded the victim’s vehicle. Both vehicles fled southbound on S. Halsted St. The victim’s vehicle was last seen entering the Dan Ryan Expressway at 1201 S. Union St. The victim, who is not affiliated with UIC, was not injured.
The Chicago Police Department will lead the investigation. Anyone with information should call 311.
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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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