Cops probe armed robbery in downtown Naperville
BY BILL BIRD firstname.lastname@example.org October 11, 2012 11:10PM
Updated: November 15, 2012 6:29AM
Naperville police are continuing their investigation into the late-night armed robbery of two women in the city’s downtown.
The holdup occurred about 11:20 p.m. Oct. 7 just east of Jackson Avenue and Main Street, according to information gleaned from a Naperville Crime Stoppers release.
Two women had just completed working their shifts at a nearby restaurant and were talking in the area “when they were targeted” by two men, one of them wielding a handgun, the release stated.
The robbers took the women’s purses and then ran west on Jackson Avenue and then south on Main Street, the release indicated. Neither woman was injured.
The suspects were described as black men between the ages of 18 and 25, standing approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall and having medium builds. One had his hair cut in short dreadlocks and wore a camping-style hat, according to the release.
A police commander did not immediately return a telephone message that sought further information about the robbery.
The Sun learned of the crime via a campus safety bulletin issued by North Central College. Crime Stopper releases typically are e-mailed directly to area media from the police department, but the city of Naperville’s e-mailing capability has recently been compromised by a hacker.
Visitors to the downtown area were advised to always be aware of their surroundings; avoiding walking alone and going through isolated areas; avoiding shortcuts through parking lots; staying in well-lighted areas; using routes that are more heavily traveled; and becoming familiar with the locations of pay telephones and assistance call boxes.
A reward of up to $1,000 is being offered for information that leads to the arrests and convictions of the robbers in the case.
Witnesses to the robbery or those who believe they have information about the case were asked to call Crime Stoppers at 630-420-6006. Callers can remain anonymous.