August 7, 2013
At approximately 12:50 p.m. Wednesday, Bradley University police and city of Peoria police responded to a reported robbery in the 1000 block of Bradley Avenue, near University Street. Four suspects approached the student victim and punched the victim, causing him to fall to the ground, and took his property. No weapon was displayed or implied.
The suspects were all described as black males, ages 15-18. They were further described as follows:
Suspect 1 was taller, wearing an "Oklahoma City Thunder" baseball cap and a black tank top and khaki shorts to the knees.
Suspect 2’s hair was shaved on the sides, with short braids on the top. He wore shorts to his knees.
Suspect 3 wore khaki shorts to his knees and a black t-shirt.
Suspect 4 wore shorts to the knees and a "Chicago Bulls" baseball cap.
The victim was transported to OSF Saint Francis Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. Bradley and Peoria police searched the area but did not locate the suspects. An investigation is continuing.
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, homes or residence hall rooms unsecured.
- Use the Bradley Police Department escort programs by calling 309-677-2000.
- 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.