September 11, 2012
At approximately 8:08 p.m. on Monday, September 10, 2012, Bradley University police and the City of Peoria police responded to an armed robbery that occurred several minutes earlier in an alleyway in the 800 block between Maplewood Avenue and Cooper Street. A male student was approached by a male suspect who displayed a handgun, demanded property and took a cellular telephone from the victim. The victim was not injured. Bradley and Peoria police searched the area and a suspect was apprehended some distance from campus. He was later released because of a lack of evidence. An investigation is continuing.
The suspect involved in the robbery is described as a male, wearing a black baseball cap with a light-colored brim, a black hoodie sweatshirt, and dark jeans. The suspect possibly had facial hair on his chin, and was armed with a black semi-automatic style handgun.
If anyone witnessed this incident or has further information, they are asked to contact Bradley Police Department at 309-677-2000.
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.
- Do not leave your property, vehicles or homes unsecured.
- Use the Student Patrol or Bradley Police Department escort programs by calling 309-677-2000. Programs operate during evening and night hours.
- 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.