[URGENT] Public Safety Advisory

On Tuesday, Feb. 1, at approximately 9:50 p.m., UIC Police and Chicago Police responded to a report of an aggravated vehicular hijacking that occurred at the corner of S. Halsted St. and W. Maxwell St. The victim, who is not affiliated with UIC, reported that she observed two unknown males attempting to gain access to her vehicle parked near 1325 S. Halsted St. When she approached, one of the male offenders displayed a silver handgun and demanded her keys; the second male offender demanded her cell phone. The victim complied and the offenders fled in the victim’s 2019 white Jeep Grand Cherokee, license plate CU74031, driving eastbound on W. Maxwell St. and turning southbound on S. Union Ave. The victim was not injured. The stolen cellphone was later recovered a short distance from the scene and returned to the victim. The first offender is described as 5′ 8″ to 5’10” tall, slim build, wearing a black zip-up hooded jacket and face covering, armed with a silver handgun. The second offender is described as 5’8″ to 5’10” tall, slim build, wearing a green and yellow Starter jacket and face covering.

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:

  • 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/

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