November 11, 2021


On 11/10/21 at approximately 5:18 PM ISU Police received a report of three suspects on bicycles near Stevenson Hall.  One of the suspects was reported to have been openly carrying a firearm.  Police immediately searched the area and campus surroundings but were unable to locate anyone matching the descriptions provided by the witnesses. 

At 7:40 PM, Normal Police responded to the Dollar Tree store at 1101 N. Main St., where two individuals matching the earlier descriptions were seen openly carrying a firearm while inside the store at approximately 7:00 PM. 

The suspects did not threaten anyone or use the firearm in either incident but it alarmed the witnesses involved.  At this time there is no reason to believe there is a threat to the campus community.  However, images of the suspects are being provided on ISU Police social media accounts to make the campus community aware of the incident.  Anyone with additional information is encouraged to call either the Normal Police Department at (309) 454-9535 or the ISU Police Department at (309) 438-8631.     

Whether you live on or off-campus, we are focused on the safety of our entire Redbird family.  We care about you and your safety, and are committed to ensuring a safe campus environment in which all members of our community can learn and thrive.  It is with your safety in mind that we share the following crime prevention tips with you.


-Use Redbird Safe Walk (309-438 WALK) or the Safe Redbirds App for walking escorts 24 hours a day, 365 days a year

-Stay alert to your surroundings and the people around you.  Avoid wearing headphones, talking or texting on your cell phone, or anything, which can distract you, including the excessive consumption of alcohol.

-Travel in groups and avoid going out alone at night.

-Plan the safest route to your destination; choose well-lighted, busy pathways and streets.

-If someone is bothering or harassing you, tell the person in a loud voice to STAY AWAY.

-Carry your cell phone with you and be prepared to call 911 with a suspect description.

-If you are a victim or witness, call the police immediately and try to remember as many details as possible.

-Call police immediately if you observe suspicious activity.

This Crime Advisory is issued in compliance with the Timely Notice provisions of the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, a federal statute governing the reporting and disclosure of crimes on college campuses. 

For a complete listing of Crime Advisories, including full suspect descriptions if available, and the Daily Crime Log of Illinois State University Police go to the Illinois State University Police website