Current NIU Safety Bulletins


Spring 2015

Incident: Strong Armed Robbery - 500 Russell Rd.
Date Occurred: March 18, 2015
Location: 500 Russell Rd.
Details:

On Wednesday, March 18, 2015, at approximately 4:45 PM, NIU and DeKalb Police were advised of a strong armed robbery that occurred at 500 Russell Road. The victim reported to police that four offenders battered him and took the victim's bicycle. The victim received facial injuries during the encounter.

The victim described the primary suspect as a male African American wearing a red hoodie and was approximately 14-16 years of age. The victim described the other three offenders as African American males, all wearing black hoodies, with one hoodie having a lightning bolt down the sleeve, all of whom appeared to be 14-16 years of age.  The suspect in the red hoodie fled the area north on Russell Road, while the other three suspects reportedly fled in the opposite direction to the south.

The bike was described as a metallic blue and yellow mountain bike with shocks and splashguards over the wheels.

Police continue to investigate the incident, and the suspects remain at large. There does not appear to be any imminent danger to the campus community. Police are providing additional foot patrols in the area and ask that the community be aware and report any suspicious behavior directly to the NIU Police at 815-753-1212, DeKalb Police at (815) 748-8400 or anonymously at 815-753-TIPS (8477).

Update::

8 p.m., 3/18/15: Upon further investigation police determined the reported robbery is now being classified as a theft due to the bicycle not being taken by force or threat.  The investigation also revealed the victim knew the offender who battered him in a separate event from the theft of the bicycle. 



Incident: Strong Armed Robbery - 1120 Varsity Blvd.
Date Occurred: March 13, 2015
Location:

1120 Varsity Blvd.

Details:

On Friday, March 13, 2015, at approximately 4:08 PM, NIU and DeKalb Police were advised of a strong armed robbery that occurred at 1120 Varsity Boulevard. The victim reported to police that three offenders battered him and took the victim's shoes, cell phone and cash.

The victim received minor injuries and refused medical attention.

The victim described the primary suspect as male African American with dark skin, short hair, approximately 5’10” weighing 180 lbs, and between 18-20 years of age. The victim could only describe the other two offenders as African American males.

Police continue to investigate the incident, and the suspects remain at large. Police are providing additional foot patrols in the area and ask that the community be aware and report any suspicious behavior directly to the NIU Police at 815-753-1212, DeKalb Police at (815) 748-8400 or anonymously at 815-753-TIPS (8477).  




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