Champaign, University police look for source of crime

University and Champaign police are looking for information after a series of attacks on women on or near campus last week.

The latest attack took place last Friday at approximately 2:10 a.m. in the 400 block of East Healy Street in Champaign. According to a report from the Champaign police department, the incident involved home invasion and aggravated battery. The victim was walking alone to her apartment. As she opened her door, a person grabbed her right arm, spun her around and hit her in the face from behind, according to the report. After the offender continued to strike her in the face multiple times, the offender was chased off by another occupant of the apartment. According to the report, the offender fled the scene and was not apprehended.

The offender was described as a black male, approximately 35 years of

age, 5 foot 10 inches tall, weighing approximately 170 pounds, according to the report.

The incident was the third attack on a woman in a week to be reported via the University police’s “CRIME-ALERT” system. Previous incidents included a sexual assault on a woman March 12, in the area of Goodwin Avenue and Nevada Street and a report of battery that occurred March 13 inside the Music Building.

Anyone with information about these incidents should call the University

of Illinois Police Department at 217-333- 1216.