UIC Student Robbed on Blue Line

School issues alert following broad daylight attack

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    UIC students were issued a crime alert after a student was robbed on the CTA Blue Line platform at the UIC-Halsted stop Sunday. (Published Tuesday, Sep 27, 2011)

    UIC students were issued a crime alert after a student was robbed on the CTA Blue Line platform at the UIC-Halsted stop Sunday.

    The student was approached by two males at about 6 p.m., threatened with a broken bottle and robbed of $20 before the suspects fled in different directions, according to the alert.

    Just last week, another student was robbed for his backpack at gunpoint in the 700 block of South Laflin Street near campus.

    "I think there's a couple of people who target students because they'll have laptops and other gadgets like iPhones," UIC senior Cesar Villages said.

    UIC police are agree that the robbers are looking for valuables and encourage students to comply when approached by somebody with a weapon.

    Students are also urged to travel in groups when possible, use well-lit walkways and to be aware of the emergency call boxes on campus.

    "I have my earbuds in, but I usually take one ear out when I'm not walking with someone, and there's certain streets after 5 that I just don't go on," UIC student Cainab Olaosebikan said.

    The first offender in Sunday's attack was described as a black male, 25-30 years old, 5-9 to 5-11 inches tall with a medium build and wearing a dirty black jacket and torn jeans.

    The other offender was described as a white male, 21 years old, 5-6 to 5-7 in height, thin build, with dirty blond ear-length hair, burns on his neck, right arm and stomach, and wearing a long-sleeve shirt, dirty blue jeans, and an olive or blue skull cap.

    Anyone with information is asked to call UIC Police at (312) 996-2830.