November 06, 2012

Campus Safety Alert

The Southern Illinois University Carbondale Department of Public Safety is investigating a battery and attempted robbery that occurred Wednesday, Oct. 31, on the south side of Douglas Drive by Lot 23, which is at the intersection of Oakland Street and Douglas Drive.

The incident occurred at 11 p.m. Oct. 31, and involved a 19-year-old SIU student, who did not make a police report until Nov. 5. The student told police he was walking home to his residence on Thompson Point when two males approached, hit him, and demanded money. The victim was able to get away and run to his residence.

The victim did not require medical treatment. He does not know which way the suspects ran.

The two suspects are African-American males in their early 20s. The first suspect is 5-feet, 9 inches tall, with a dark complexion and collar-length dreadlocks. He was wearing dark sweat pants and a hooded sweatshirt. The second suspect is 6 feet tall with a dark complexion. He was wearing dark sweat pants and a maroon or red hoodie.

Anyone with information about the incident should call the SIU Carbondale Department of Public Safety at 618/453-3771 or the Crime Stopper Line at 618/549-COPS.

Police advise members of the campus community to be aware of their surroundings at all times, and if traveling at night to use the Saluki Express, Night Safety Transit Service and Brightway Path. In addition, emergency call phones are located across campus, including on both overpasses.

For more information on safety precautions, visit the Department of Public Safety website at