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Armed Robbery of the Ribeye Restaurant (2017/08/28)
On August 18, 2017, at approximately 11:50 p.m., Champaign Police responded to the Ribeye located at 1701 S Neil Street for a reported robbery. The victim was leaving the restaurant after closing when he was struck from behind and forced at gunpoint to reenter the building and open a safe. While inside, the suspects kicked in doors and threatened the victim with a knife. The suspects tied up the victim before leaving the building with an undisclosed amount of currency.
The suspects were described as two black males in their 20’s, around 5’10 with lean builds. Suspect one was last seen wearing a ski mask with white lettering and dark clothing. Suspect two was last seen wearing a black ski mask, dark shirt and blue jeans.
Forgery at Taco John's (2017/08/21)
On August 13, 2017 at approximately 6:13 p.m., a male subject entered Taco John’s restaurant located at 902 Meijer Drive in Champaign and placed an order. The subject paid for the order with a $100 bill, then left after receiving his change. The store later learned the subject had used a fraudulent $100 bill.
The suspect was described as a black male in his 30’s, 5’11, 185 lbs., with short black hair. He was last seen wearing a black t-shirt over a white t-shirt, blue jeans and white shoes.
Shooting in Champaign (8/3/17) (2017/08/14)
On August 3, 2017 at approximately 8:10 PM, Champaign Police responded to the area of Elm Street and Beardsley Street, after receiving a report of a shooting. Upon arrival, police located the victim, Gus D. Edwards, age 53, suffering from a gunshot wound. Edwards was transported to Carle Foundation Hospital, where he died from his injuries.
Numerous Vehicle Burglaries between Kirby Ave. and Windsor Road in West Champaign (2017/08/07)
This week Champaign County Crime Stoppers and the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office are seeking the public’s assistance in solving numerous vehicle burglaries that occurred on the west side of Champaign. These burglaries occurred overnight between July 18 and July 19, 2017 with the exception of one burglary which occurred on July 29, 2017. The majority of these burglaries occurred west of Interstate 57 between Kirby Avenue and Windsor Road.
During the burglaries on July 19, the suspects rummaged through numerous vehicles and found the keys to a silver GMC SUV. The suspects stole the GMC, and it was later recovered in Chicago, Illinois. The suspects were captured on surveillance video at a business in Chicago. The suspects are two African American males possibly in their late teens to early 20s. A third suspect remained in the driver’s seat and was not captured on the surveillance video.
Two additional suspects were captured on surveillance video during a vehicle burglary on July 29, 2017. The suspects appeared to be Caucasian males in their teens. The suspects attempted to conceal their identity by covering their faces with shirts.
Also attached are pictures of two persons of interest. The two Caucasian males on bicycles were observed by a witness acting suspicious in the aforementioned area. The Champaign County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying any of the subjects in the attached photographs.
Shooting in Champaign (7/20/17) (2017/07/31)
On July 20, 2017 at approximately 11:30 p.m., Champaign Police responded to the 900-block of North Third Street in Champaign for a reported shooting. Two victims were shot by gunfire and another subject was injured while fleeing the scene. All subjects were treated at local hospitals.
The suspect was described as a dark skinned black male, 6’ tall with unknown clothing. Investigators are seeking the public’s assistance with identifying the suspect(s) responsible for this shooting.
Burglary of Circle K in Champaign (2017/07/24)
On July 20, 2017 at approximately 2:10 a.m., Champaign Police responded to Circle K located at 601 N Neil in Champaign for an entry door alarm. Upon arrival Officers found the glass to the front door of the business had been broken. Video footage shows the suspect made entry and stole merchandise before fleeing the scene.
The suspect is described as a white male with a red sweatshirt, blue jeans and a white mask covering his face.
Forgery and Burglary to Motor Vehicles (2017/07/17)
Over the last couple weeks, vehicles have been broken into in Champaign and surrounding areas of Illinois and Indiana. Some of the same suspects have been identified in more than one burglary where checks are being stolen and cashed, then used to purchase gift cards at retail businesses.
The suspects are described as two black males and two white females, all between 20-30 years of age. Suspect #1 is a black male, thin build, seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with a white heart on the front and gray shorts with a zebra type stripe down the side. Suspect #2 is a black male, slightly heavier with short black hair, seen wearing a gray/black jacket, white t-shirt, and blue pants with two stripes down the side. Suspect #3 is a white female with dark hair, heavyset, seen wearing a black sweater and a black and white skirt or dress. Suspect #4 is a white female with long dark hair, seen wearing a mauve long-sleeved shirt and jeans.
Retail Theft (2017/07/10)STATUS
SUBJECT HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED AND ARRESTED
On July 4, 2017 at approximately 11:00 p.m., Champaign Police responded to a business in the 2400 block of N Prospect for a reported shoplifting. A male had attempted to steal almost $1000 worth of merchandise but was stopped outside the store by security. The male fled on foot and was not located.
The suspect is described as a white male, 20-30 years of age, 5’7 to 5’9” tall with a skinny build. He has blonde hair, a goatee, and was last seen wearing a white shirt and dark shorts.
SUBJECT HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED AND ARRESTED
Sexually Assault at Kaufman Lake (2017/07/03)
On June 27, 2017 at approximately 5:25 p.m., Champaign Police responded to Kaufman Lake, located at 2702 West Springfield, after receiving a report that an assault had just occurred. The on-scene investigation revealed a female victim had been physically and sexually assaulted by an unknown assailant just off the walking path.
The suspect is described as a black male in his 20’s, 5’8 to 5’9” with a thin build and medium brown complexion. The suspect was last seen wearing a black shirt and a pair of green lens sunglasses, as seen in the attached composite photo.
Armed Robbery in the 1200 Block of North Prospect (2017/06/26)
On June 12, 2017 at approximately 4:30 p.m., the suspect entered a business in the 1200 block of North Prospect and brandished a firearm. The suspect was a black male wearing a mask, 5’11, medium build, longsleeved white button down shirt, blue jeans, and ball cap. He tied up the employees and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspect was seen driving the vehicle in attached photos.
Missing International Scholar (2017/06/18)
This week Champaign County Crime Stoppers and the University of Illinois Police Department are seeking assistance from the public regarding a missing person.
Yingying Zhang, a visiting scholar to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, was last seen on Friday, June 9, 2017, in Urbana, Illinois. Security cameras captured her getting into a car at the corner of West Clark Street and North Goodwin Avenue around 2:04 p.m. that day.
Zhang is a 26 year old Asian female, 5’4”, 110 lbs. with black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a charcoal-colored baseball hat, a pink-and-white top, jeans, and white tennis shoes. She carried a black backpack. The suspect`s vehicle is described as a black Saturn Astra four-door hatchback. It appeared to be driven by a white male who circled the area prior to making contact with Zhang.
If you have any information regarding Zhang`s whereabouts or the Saturn Astra plase contact Crime Stoppers at 217-373-TIPS or submit a tip using the button below.
Reward of up to $40,000 is being offered for this unique case.
Multiple Reports of Gunfire in the 500 Block of East Eureka (2017/06/12)
On June 2, 2017 at approximately 6:14 PM, Champaign Police Officers responded to the 500 Block of E. Eureka St., after receiving multiple reports of gunfire. Upon arrival, police located a 24-year-old male victim suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to a local hospital, but died a short time later that same evening.
Champaign Police Detectives have continued investigation into this incident and developed information that led to the issuance of an arrest warrant. On June 5, a warrant for First Degree Murder was issued for Marquis T. Burnett, a 21-year-old male from Champaign. Bond on the warrant was set at $1,000,000.
On June 7, at approximately 5:23 PM, officers from the multi-jurisdictional Champaign County Street Crimes Task Force located Burnett in a vehicle near the 2100 block of N. Lincoln Ave. in Urbana. The vehicle was stopped and Burnett was taken into custody without incident.
Discharge of Fire Arm at Market Place Mall in Champaign (2017/06/05)
On May 29, 2017 at 9:06 p.m., the Champaign Police Department responded to Market Place Mall located at 2000 N Neil Street for the report of a gunshot being fired. Witnesses advised 12-15 subjects were gathered in the mall when an argument ensued. One victim received a head injury as a result of the confrontation, but fled the scene after a single gunshot was fired.
All involved subjects were described as black males and black females, late teens to mid-20s. The victim was described as a skinny black male with short hair. The suspects involved in the shooting were described as a slim black male, early 20s, average height with very short dreads. A second suspect was described as a black male, 6’ tall with a thicker build and short hair. Subjects were seen leaving the area in a black Chevy Impala and an older gold Pontiac.
Report of a Shoplifter at Circle K in Champaign (2017/05/30)
On May 21, 2017 at 1:17 a.m., Champaign Officers were dispatched to the Circle K at 1511 N Prospect in Champaign for the report of a shoplifter. A white male stole beer and then left in a tan Pontiac Grand Am with Illinois plate Q424878, which was found to have been stolen out of Bloomington, Illinois.
The suspect was described as a white male in his 50’s with gray hair, and was last seen wearing an orange shirt and blue jeans. There was a white female in the passenger seat of the stolen vehicle but there is no further description on her.
Report of a Shooting in the 900 Block of North Third Street in Champaign (2017/05/22)STATUS
On May 16, 2017 at 10:21 p.m., Champaign Officers were dispatched to the 900-block of N. Third Street for the report of a shooting. Several shots had been fired but luckily no individuals had been hit. During the incident two homes and numerous vehicles were damaged by bullets. A large group of people left the scene running southwest through the park
Burglaries to Motor Vehicles and Credit Card Frauds (2017/05/15)
On May 3-4 and May 8-9, 2017 two black males entered several unlocked vehicles and stole wallets, U.S. currency, and jewelry. Shortly after the burglaries the males used the stolen credit cards and made numerous purchases at local retail establishments totaling over $1500.
The suspects are both described as black males, thin, in their late teens to early 20s. The suspects were wearing ball caps and black or dark hooded sweatshirts and dark shoes. The males were wearing black or dark pants during some transactions and khaki or beige pants during other transactions.
Stolen Debit/Credit Card Numbers Produced into Cloned Cards for Unauthorized Purchases In Area Store (2017/05/08)
This week Champaign County Crime Stoppers and the Urbana Police Department would like the public’s assistance identifying two subjects who have used stolen debit/credit card numbers produced into cloned cards for unauthorized purchases at area stores. The Champaign County Sheriff’s Office and Champaign Police Department have also taken multiple reports in which the same suspect has been identified from surveillance images. The male, in the red shirt, is the common suspect in all of these cases. He is believed to drive or haveaccess to a newer gray Infiniti QX60 SUV.
The accompanying photos are from April 9, 2017 at a grocery store in Urbana. A $200 gift card was purchased along with a few inexpensive items. The primary suspect appears to be Hispanic or a well-tanned white male, approximately 35 years old, with a muscular build, clean shaven with a 2” buzz haircut. It is possible they are not residents of Illinois or central Illinois. He may have been a guest at some area motel/hotels.
Shots Fired at Third and Washington in Champaign (2017/05/01)
On March 28, 2017 at 8:42 p.m., Champaign Police were dispatched to the area of Third/Washington for a report of shots fired. Shortly thereafter officers were notified a black male with a gunshot wound walked into Carle Hospital in Urbana. The victim received treatment for a single gunshot wound and was later released from the hospital.
The suspect is described as a dark skinned black male, 18-20 years old, 6’ tall and skinny. He was last seen wearing a red hooded sweatshirt and black pants.
Home Invasion in Champaign (2017/04/24)
On April 7, 2017 at 11:30 p.m., two black males armed with a handgun entered a home in the 1200-block of Gertrude Avenue in Champaign. The suspects demanded the home owner go through the residence with them as they rummaged through every room. The suspects then left with numerous items of property and the victim’s vehicle. The stolen vehicle has been recovered.
The suspects are both described as black males, 15-16 years of age, 5’10” and 150-160 lbs. Both males were wearing a black hat, black mask, and black shirt and pants.
Armed Robbery at Dotty's Slots in Champaign (2017/04/17)STATUS
On April 9, 2017 at 2:10 a.m., a male suspect entered Dotty’s Slots at 501 S Mattis Avenue in Champaign. The suspect brandished a handgun and stole an undisclosed amount of currency.
The suspect is described as a tall, thin black male in his 20’s wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt and black pants.