Urbana police investigating reported home invasion

By Daily Illini Staff Report

Urbana police are investigating two incidents reported in the early morning hours of Saturday that are believed to be related.

At about 2:29 a.m., Urbana police responded to a report of a prowler at a home in the 400 block of South Busey Avenue, according to a press release. A 21-year-old Urbana woman heard a voice outside the bathroom window. When she investigated, she was met by a black male who tapped a handgun on the window. The victim notified others in the home. When a male went outside to investigate, he saw the suspect, who fled.

Later that same morning, at 4:11, Urbana police responded to a report of home invasion at an apartment building also in the 400 block of South Busey Avenue. In this incident, a 23-year-old Urbana woman awoke to find an intruder who had entered her bedroom through an unlocked window. The intruder began to physically attack the woman, including striking her in the head and face with a handgun. The two exchanged blows for several minutes and she was eventually able to crawl to her bedroom door, opening it.

One of her roommates, who had opened her own bedroom door to investigate the commotion, helped drag the victim to the safety of her own bedroom. According to the report, police believe the offender fled out of the same bedroom window he had used to enter.

The victim in the second incident was transported to Carle Hospital where she was treated and released for several facial lacerations and a broken cheek bone.

Police were unable to locate the offender following either incident.

The offender has been described as a black male of medium build and unknown age but less than 40 years old. He was last seen wearing a yellow/white hoodie or jacket.

Investigation into these incidents is ongoing. The police urge anyone with further information to call the Urbana Police Department at (217) 384-2320. Callers may remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at (217) 373-TIPS or by texting “CCTip” plus the information to CRIMES, or 274637.