GLEN ELLYN – In light of two armed robberies in Glen Ellyn in the last month – including one that occurred at the College of DuPage – students and residents are being warned to be aware of their surroundings and to call 911 if they see anything suspicious.
Two suspects are being sought in a Sept. 12 armed robbery at the College of DuPage campus in Glen Ellyn. In another incident, a 21-year-old Wheaton College student was abducted at about 9:50 a.m. Aug. 26 by three men – one armed with a handgun – near Forest and Cottage avenues, three blocks north of the village's Central Business District.
The men allegedly then drove to several ATMs and withdrew more than $1,500 from the victim’s bank account using his ATM card before they released the victim in Chicago. He was not physically harmed.
Authorities have arrested all three suspects. Glen Ellyn Deputy Police Chief Bill Holmer said in general, people should always be aware of their surroundings and call 911 if they see someone or something suspicious.
The COD robbery occurred in the college's Fawell D parking lot. According to a statement from the College of DuPage, at about 10:30 p.m. Sept. 12, two men came from north of Fawell Boulevard into the lot and robbed a female student's purse and backpack after displaying a handgun.
The suspects fled on foot north across Fawell Boulevard, according to the statement. An officer pursued but lost them in an adjacent apartment building, the statement said. Neighboring local law enforcement, including a canine officer, assisted in a subsequent search, but no suspects were located. COD and other local law enforcement continue to investigate.
In light of the armed robbery, COD spokesman Joseph Moore said in an email that the college has offered safety tips to prevent another incident. He said students can use the campus police escort service or make sure they have a "buddy" with them when walking to their car late at night.
In addition, he said students can download COD Guardian, a personal safety cellphone app. The Guardian app, provided by Rave Mobile Safety, enhances safety on campus through a virtual safety network of friends, family and campus police.
Additional patrolling also is being done in light of the robbery, he said.
"We have reallocated staff to increase patrols during the evening hours and made a request with the Glen Ellyn Police for extra patrols in the area to the immediate north of campus," Moore said.
The first offender is described as a black man age 16 to 20, about 6 feet tall and weighing about 220 to 250 pounds, with a distinct gap between his front teeth. He was observed wearing a navy blue zip-up hooded sweatshirt, with the hood over his head, a white T-shirt and light gray shorts about knee length.
The second offender is described as a black man age 16 to 20, about 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighing about 220 to 250 pounds. He was observed wearing a black zip-up hooded sweatshirt, with the hood over his head, and dark-colored shorts. The second offender displayed a dark-colored, semi-automatic style handgun.
The college is asking anyone with information to contact the COD Police Department at 630-942-2000.