Police: SIUE robbery victim knew attacker, was targeted

News-DemocratApril 4, 2014 

Police believe a Southern Illinois University Edwardsville student who reported earlier this week that he had been kidnapped and robbed on campus knew at least one of his attackers and that he was targeted.

The man told investigators he was approached at about 11:45 p.m. Wednesday by a man who appeared to have a handgun concealed under a cloth as he walked near the Prairie Residence Hall. He said the man forced him into a silver or white four-door Pontiac and he was driven to an ATM on campus where he was forced to withdraw money.

In the car were two other people, one whom the suspect said was a woman. He told police he was unsure if the other person was male or female.

The suspects drove the student to Lewis Road near Illinois 157 and forced him out of the car. The man said he was robbed of $140 he was forced to withdraw from the ATM and of $50 he had in cash.

SIUE spokesman Doug McIlhagga said this is the first report of an armed robbery on the campus in about two years.

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