[URGENT] Public Safety Advisory: CORRECTED

On Friday, Nov. 19, at approximately 12:10 a.m. UIC Police units were approached by an individual who reported that he was the victim of an aggravated vehicular hijacking at 1010 S. Hermitage St. The victim, who is not affiliated with UIC, was parked in his vehicle when a white sedan driven by an unknown individual dropped off two males in their late teens. After the males exited the car, they approached the victim and one of them brandished a handgun, pointed it at the victim and demanded the victim’s vehicle. The two offenders entered the vehicle, a 2020 Blue KIA Sportage with license plate BL74589, and fled northbound on S. Hermitage Ave., then westbound on W. Taylor St. The victim 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:

  • 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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