An Olivet student was reportedly robbed near Grand 415 at 8:45 p.m. last night, Jan. 19, while headed towards her car.
According to the “Timely Notice” released by Olivet’s public safety, the student was approached and grabbed from behind. The suspect then demanded money and after receiving what she had, punched her in the face and fled.
“The suspect is described as a white male, in his 20’s, clean shaven, approximately 5’11”, skinny; wearing a dark colored jacket and hoodie,” according to the “Timely Notice”.
Public Safety declined to comment on the situation; however, in the email they stated that conditions may continue to be a threat to members of the community.
Bourbonnais Police Chief, Jim Phelps, says that the investigation unit is working on locating the suspect. While that is a popular foot traffic area, Phelps is confident that they will locate the suspect.
Phelps went on to say that there has not been an increase in robberies. “It was very surprising as this is not something we deal with on a regular basis,” Phelps said.
He went on to say that if you were to see anyone acting suspicious your first call needs to be to the police and then to public safety. “The sooner you call the police department, the more likely we have the opportunity to apprehend someone. The more of a delay there is it decreases the opportunity for us to apprehend someone,” Phelps said.
This incident brings about the question on how students can remain safe on campus. Public Safety suggests to never walk alone and to call them for an escort. Chief Phelps added, specifically for women, that no matter what town you are in, it is important to not look like an easy target.
“Too often I see students walking with their head down and far too engrossed in their phone…. Look around at your surroundings and be aware of what is going on,” Phelps said.
The GlimmerGlass is in contact with Olivet’s Public Relations and will continue to update the story as more information becomes available.