Attempted armed robbery reported on John Street

By Daily Illini Staff Report

The Division of Public Safety reported an attempted armed robbery in the 50 block of East John Street on Friday at about 3 a.m.

According to the public safety advisory, the victim was approached by a subject who displayed a knife and demanded the victim’s wallet and phone. The suspect cut the victim with a knife after the victim refused.

In defending himself, the victim punched the suspect in the nose and may have caused some injury. The suspect left the area traveling in an unknown direction.

The suspect was last seen wearing blue jeans and a hoodie that may be dark blue, black or green. He was described as a 5’10” 30 to 35-year-old black male weighing about 190 pounds with 2-3 day old stubble on his face. He may also have an injury to his nose or facial area.

Champaign Police Department is working to identify and apprehend the offender. Witnesses to this event or those with information are encouraged to contact Champaign police at 351-4545 or Crime Stoppers at 373-TIPS.