Safety Alerts

September 25, 2013

Update - September 26, 2013 - 4:15 p.m.

Multiple arrests have now been made in this case. All suspects are believed to be in custody.

Update - September 26, 2013 - 3:45 a.m.

In the early morning hours of Thursday, September 26, 2013, the suspect vehicle described in this Safety Alert bulletin was located. Stolen property was recovered inside the vehicle. Persons of interest are currently being questioned and the investigation is continuing.

Original Alert:

Two women, non-Bradley affiliated, were robbed about 9:05 p.m. tonight at the intersection of West Main Street and North Institute Place.

The victims were standing on a street corner when a vehicle pulled up. Two women got out of the car, struck the victims and took a cell phone from one of them before getting back in the vehicle and driving away north on Institute turning onto Columbia Terrace. No weapon was displayed or implied. The victims were not seriously injured.

The vehicle was described as a 2003 Chevrolet four-door sedan, possibly a silver Cavalier, with a reported license plate of Illinois N455522. The suspects were all described as females between the ages of 16 and 18, two white and three African American.

Bradley and Peoria police searched the area but did not immediately locate the suspects. An investigation is ongoing. If you witnessed this incident or have any information, please call Bradley police at 309-677-2000 or Peoria police at 309-673-4521.

All Bradley University students, faculty, staff, guests and visitors are reminded to:

  • Report suspicious people immediately to the Bradley Police Department by calling 309-677-2000 or using one of the emergency blue light phones on or near campus.
  • During the hours of 7 p.m. and 3 a.m., utilize the Hilltop Safety Cruiser program by calling 309-677-2800.
  • Use the Student Patrol or Bradley Police Department escort programs by calling 309-677-2000.
  • Do not leave your property, vehicles, homes or residence hall rooms unsecured.
  • Always remain aware of your surroundings.
  • Walk in pairs or groups, especially during the evening and night.
  • Always remain aware of your surroundings.
  • Do not become distracted by talking on your cell phone or listening to music through headphones on a high volume.
  • Travel on well-lit, busy streets and avoid walking through alleys or parking lots.
  • Be aware of places along your path of travel that could conceal a criminal (shrubbery, building recesses, etc.). Avoid or keep a distance from these areas whenever possible.
  • Take note of suspicious vehicles, especially those that appear to be circling the block or driving unusually slow. If you observe a suspicious vehicle, relay its description and location to the Bradley Police Department by calling 309-677-2000 or using one of the emergency blue light phones on or near campus.
  • If you think someone is following you, cross the street, head for a well-populated, well-lit area and contact the Bradley Police Department.
  • If approached, give up your property.

A safety alert is a means to notify students, faculty and staff about incidents that represent a serious or continuing threat to the campus, based on the nature and location of the incident.