August 13, 2013
At approximately 4:55 a.m. Tuesday, Bradley University Police and Peoria Police responded to a reported armed robbery at an off-campus restaurant in the 1100 block of West Main Street, near the intersection of North Bourland Avenue. One suspect entered the restaurant which was not yet opened for the day, displayed a handgun, and demanded money. It is unknown whether money or any other property was obtained. No one was injured.
The suspect fled in a white, full sized van in an unknown direction. He was described as a thin, taller male, wearing all black clothing and with a covered face. Officers searched the area but have not yet found him. An investigation is continuing.
If anyone witnessed this incident or has further information, they are asked to contact Bradley Police Department at 309-677-2000 or the Peoria Police Department 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.
- 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.