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Crime Advisory 8/25/13


On Sunday, August 25, 2013, at approximately 2:00 AM ISU Police received a call of a single gunshot being fired in the area of parking lot F-67 (School and Locust Streets). Officers arrived on the scene but found no confirming evidence of a shooting or injured parties at that time. At approximately 6:00 AM, a male nonstudent, came to the ISU Police Department to report his phone had been stolen from him. The male nonstudent stated that at 2:00 AM he located and confronted the individuals, believed to be nonstudents, who took the cell phone from him in ISU parking lot F-67. A physical altercation began in the parking lot and the nonstudent reported that one subject fired a gun that struck his vehicle as he fled the scene.

This incident is currently under investigation by the Illinois State University Police Department and limited information will be released.

Anyone with additional information should contact the Illinois State University Police at (309) 438-8631. 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 by calling 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.