15-Year-Old Arrested after Multiple Robberies Near University of Illinois Campus

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URBANA, IL — A 15-year-old Urbana male has been arrested in relation to a series of robberies targeting women near the University of Illinois campus. 

According to the Urbana Police Department and University of Illinois Police report, the juvenile was apprehended by a joint task force from the Urbana Police Department and the University of Illinois Police on December 12, 2023. The arrest occurred near the intersection of Busey and Green streets, following investigations into three separate incidents of women walking alone being robbed in the campus area.

The collaborative efforts of local law enforcement agencies have been pivotal in addressing these crimes. With the investigation ongoing, the Urbana Police Department is urging the public, especially during the holiday season, to exercise caution and adopt safety measures such as walking in groups and staying in well-lit areas.

The public is encouraged to assist in the investigation by sharing any relevant information or video footage with the Urbana Police Department at 217-384-2320. Anonymous tips can be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 217-373-8477 or through their website and mobile app.

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