Safety Alerts

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September 3, 2016

Update - September 7, 2016 - 7:27 p.m.

This is an update to the shooting and homicide Safety Alert issued on September 3, 2016.

On September 7, 2016 at approximately 4 p.m., William G. Runyon turned himself in at the Peoria Police Department on a Peoria County warrant for First Degree Murder, Aggravated Battery, and Possession of a Weapon by a Felon. There are no other suspects at this time.

Update - September 4, 2016 - 9:25 a.m.

William G. Runyon
Photo of William G. Runyon

This is an update to the shooting and homicide Safety Alert issued on September 3, 2016.

The Peoria Police Department has arrested one suspect in connection with the September 3, 2016 homicide on Garfield and is seeking assistance from the public in locating a second suspect.

A female suspect has been arrested for Murder and Aggravated Battery and transported to the Peoria County Jail. The second suspect is William G. Runyon. Runyon (22 years old) and is described as a black male, 5'10", 145 lbs, short black hair, and brown eyes. Runyon is wanted for Murder, Aggravated Domestic Battery, and Home Invasion. Runyon should be considered Armed and Dangerous and should not be approached.

If you know the whereabouts of Runyon or any information regarding this incident, please call the Peoria Police Department at (309) 673-4521, the Bradley University Police Department at (309) 677-2000, or Crime Stoppers anonymously at (309) 673-9000. Please see the attached picture of Runyon.

Update - September 3, 2016 - 9:46 a.m.

This is an update to the Safety Alert issued on September 3, 2016. One victim has died. Bradley University Police and City of Peoria Police are searching for at least one known person of interest. The suspects in this incident are no longer believed to be within the Bradley University area.

Original Alert:

At approximately 7:16 a.m., Bradley University Police and City of Peoria Police responded to a report of a shooting off campus in the 900 block of N. Garfield Avenue. This is approximately 4 blocks east and one block south of the Main Street & University Street intersection.

Two non-Bradley University victims were shot and suffered non-life threatening injuries.

The first suspect is described as a male wearing black clothing. No description of the second suspect is available. The two suspects fled in a small red vehicle westbound on W. Main Street.

An investigation is continuing. If you witnessed this incident or have any information, please call Bradley police at 309-677-2000 or Peoria police at 309-673-4521.

Information about the race or ethnicity of alleged suspects is provided only to aid detailed descriptions that include physical stature, clothing or unusual characteristics. Racial descriptions do not, by themselves, offer a meaningful picture of an individual's appearance.

All Bradley University students, faculty, staff, guests and visitors are reminded to:

  • Report suspicious people immediately to the Bradley Police Department by calling 309-677-2000 or using one of the emergency blue light phones on or near campus.
  • During the hours of 7 p.m. and 3 a.m., utilize the Hilltop Safety Cruiser program by calling 309-677-2800.
  • Use the Student Patrol or Bradley Police Department escort programs by calling 309-677-2000.
  • Do not leave your property, vehicles, homes or residence hall rooms unsecured.
  • Always remain aware of your surroundings.
  • Walk in pairs or groups, especially during the evening and night.
  • Always remain aware of your surroundings.
  • Do not become distracted by talking on your cell phone or listening to music through headphones on a high volume.
  • Travel on well-lit, busy streets and avoid walking through alleys or parking lots.
  • Be aware of places along your path of travel that could conceal a criminal (shrubbery, building recesses, etc.). Avoid or keep a distance from these areas whenever possible.
  • Take note of suspicious vehicles, especially those that appear to be circling the block or driving unusually slow. If you observe a suspicious vehicle, relay its description and location to the Bradley Police Department by calling 309-677-2000 or using one of the emergency blue light phones on or near campus.
  • If you think someone is following you, cross the street, head for a well-populated, well-lit area and contact the Bradley Police Department.
  • If approached, give up your property.

A safety alert is a means to notify students, faculty and staff about incidents that represent a serious or continuing threat to the campus, based on the nature and location of the incident.


September 3, 2016

At approximately 10:42 p.m., Bradley University Police and Peoria Police responded to an armed robbery that occurred at a business in the 1100 block of W. Main Street. This is approximately 1 block east of University Street. One suspect entered the business and displayed a silver handgun. The suspect obtained property and fled northwest from the business and away from campus. No injuries were reported.

The suspect was described as a black male in his twenties, approximately 5'11" with dreadlocks wearing a dark hoodie sweatshirt with some neon green.

Information about the race or ethnicity of alleged suspects is provided only to aid detailed descriptions that include physical stature, clothing or unusual characteristics. Racial descriptions do not, by themselves, offer a meaningful picture of an individual's appearance.

An investigation is continuing. If you witnessed this incident or have any information, please call Bradley police at 309-677-2000 or Peoria police at 309-673-4521.

All Bradley University students, faculty, staff, guests and visitors are reminded to:

  • Report suspicious people immediately to the Bradley Police Department by calling 309-677-2000 or using one of the emergency blue light phones on or near campus.
  • During the hours of 7 p.m. and 3 a.m., utilize the Hilltop Safety Cruiser program by calling 309-677-2800.
  • Use the Student Patrol or Bradley Police Department escort programs by calling 309-677-2000.
  • Do not leave your property, vehicles, homes or residence hall rooms unsecured.
  • Always remain aware of your surroundings.
  • Walk in pairs or groups, especially during the evening and night.
  • Always remain aware of your surroundings.
  • Do not become distracted by talking on your cell phone or listening to music through headphones on a high volume.
  • Travel on well-lit, busy streets and avoid walking through alleys or parking lots.
  • Be aware of places along your path of travel that could conceal a criminal (shrubbery, building recesses, etc.). Avoid or keep a distance from these areas whenever possible.
  • Take note of suspicious vehicles, especially those that appear to be circling the block or driving unusually slow. If you observe a suspicious vehicle, relay its description and location to the Bradley Police Department by calling 309-677-2000 or using one of the emergency blue light phones on or near campus.
  • If you think someone is following you, cross the street, head for a well-populated, well-lit area and contact the Bradley Police Department.
  • If approached, give up your property.

A safety alert is a means to notify students, faculty and staff about incidents that represent a serious or continuing threat to the campus, based on the nature and location of the incident.


 
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