[URGENT] Public Safety Advisory

On Saturday, Oct. 30, at approximately 5:30 p.m., UIC Police received a report of a vehicular hijacking that occurred at 703 W. Maxwell St. The victim reported that she was approached by two male subjects, one displayed a black pistol. They demanded the victim’s vehicle and then fled southbound on S. Union Ave. in her 2008 black BMW X5 SUV, license plate CR46718. The first male offender is described as 5’ tall, 20-25 years old, wearing a green sweatshirt, with a black handgun. The second male offender is described as 6’ tall, with dreadlocks, wearing a dark blue sweatshirt. There are no reported injuries and the victim is not affiliated with UIC.

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

Approximate crime location mapped:

https://goo.gl/maps/X5pHnoz78D4JSwrd8

UIC Police offer the following security tips:

  • Report crime promptly to police at call 312-355-5555 for emergencies or 312-996-2830 for non-emergencies.
  • Remember the suspect(s)’ description and their vehicle description (if they have one).
  • Avoid verbal/physical confrontations. 
  • Lock all doors immediately after you are in the vehicle.
  • Be prepared to exit the vehicle promptly when arriving at your destination.
  • Do NOT program your home address into your GPS.
  • Give up your car and avoid verbal/physical confrontations.

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 http://emergency.uic.edu/public-safety-advisory/

UIC Annual Security Report
go.uic.edu/CleryReport

Chicago Police Department Statistics and Data
https://home.chicagopolice.org/statistics-data/

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