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Oct. 29, 2008

UI police advise Hawkeye fans on Champaign-Urbana threat

The University of Iowa and University of Illinois Departments of Public Safety are advising Iowa football fans attending the game in Champaign-Urbana, Ill. this weekend about a notice issued by University of Illinois police regarding a threat:

“The University of Illinois Police Department is investigating a threat made in a note found at the Undergraduate Library. A library patron found the note on Sunday (Oct. 5) at about 11:30 a.m. in a men's restroom. The note threatened that on Halloween night (Oct. 31), the suspect intends to shoot a person on Green Street.

“A multi-jurisdictional team has been established to assess and investigate the threat. Members of this investigative effort include the Champaign Police Department, the Champaign County Sheriff's Office, the Champaign County State's Attorney's Office, the University of Illinois Police Department and the Urbana Police Department. The Federal Bureau of Investigation also is assisting.

“Police are requesting the community's assistance in locating the suspect who communicated this threat. Community members with information regarding this threat can contact the University of Illinois Police Department at 217-333-1216. Citizens also may anonymously contact Crime Stoppers by calling 217-373-8477, by submitting anonymous tips online at www.373tips.com or by texting Tip397 plus the relevant information to 274637 (CRIMES).”

The University of Iowa has been in touch with University of Illinois police, who are treating the threat seriously and taking necessary precautions. University of Iowa police are providing the information to Hawkeye fans and others who plan to visit Champaign-Urbana this weekend to inform them of the threat and urge them to use their best judgment when visiting the area. They also advise that if people plan to celebrate Halloween by wearing a costume that they do not carry anything resembling a weapon, whether it's a replica, a toy or a fake.

Police say they do not expect any incidents at the game Nov. 1 in connection with this threat.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Peter M. Berkson, UI Police, 319-384-2787, peter-berkson@uiowa.edu.