SIUE student reports he was kidnapped, robbed

News-DemocratApril 3, 2014 

Police are investigating a report of a robbery and kidnapping late Wednesday night at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

The victim told campus police he was walking near the Prairie Residence Hall at about 11:40 p.m. when a man came out of a wooded area and displayed what appeared to be a handgun hidden under a cloth.

The victim told police the man forced him into a car, a silver or white four-door, believed to be a Pontiac, where two people were waiting. One of the people in the car was a woman. But the victim said he didn't get a good look at the other suspect and couldn't tell if the person was a male or female.

They took him to an ATM where the victim said he was forced to withdraw $140 from his account. He said they also robbed him of $50 in cash before ordering the man out of the car on Lewis Road near Illinois 157. The suspect was unharmed.

SIUE spokesman Doug McIlhagga said campus police are working to examine surveillance video of the suspects or their vehicle. He said this sort of crime is unusual on the campus -- and school leaders want to keep it that way.

"It's very rare," McIlhagga said. "About two years ago we had an incident in Cougar Village that was considered to be an armed robbery."

McIlhagga said if students, faculty or staff members are concerned about their safety they should call the campus police department at 650-3324 for an escort.

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