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Crime Advisory 5/22/14

REPORTED OFFENSE:

On Thursday, May 22, at approximately 1:22 AM, a female student was battered in the 100 block of East Cherry Street, Normal. The student was talking on her cell phone when she was struck from behind by an unknown suspect(s). The student was treated for injuries but was unable to provide any further information about the assault or the suspect(s).

This incident remains under investigation by the Normal Police Department. Anyone with information should contact the Normal Police at (309) 454-9535. Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1000 for tips that lead to the arrest of these offenders. Please contact McLean County Crime Stoppers at (309) 828-1111.

Students and others are strongly encouraged to immediately report ANY suspicious activity to the police.

Crime Prevention Tips:

-Use Redbird Safe Walk for walking escorts 24 hours a day, 365 days a year; Dial 309-438-WALK

-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.

-If a person with a weapon confronts you and wants your property give it up. It is not worth being injured or losing your life over.

-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.