SIU student kidnapped, robbed at Edwardsville campus

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. - Several agencies, led by the campus police department at Southern Illinois University, are investigating the kidnapping and robbery of a student on the Edwardsville campus overnight.

Investigators tell NewsChannel 5 the unidentified victim was confronted by a man who emerged from a wooded area near Prairie Residence Hall late Wednesday. The victim told police the man had what he thought was a gun, partially hidden under a cloth.

The victim was then ordered into a vehicle, thought to be a silver or white four-door Pontiac sedan, where two other suspects were waiting. After driving the victim around for an undetermined amount of time, the suspects drove the victim to an automatic teller machine where he was forced to take $140 from his account.

The trio also robbed the victim of $50 he had on his person prior to going to the ATM on University Park Drive on the SIU campus.

The suspects then drove the victim away from campus and forced him out of the car on Lewis Road near Illinois Route 157, before they fled in the car.

Authorities say the victim was not physically harmed in the episode and police are continuing to interview the man in hopes of identifying the culprits.

The victim could only describe two of the three suspects, the man with the gun wearing a baseball cap, and a woman who was wearing a white mask over her face. Police say the victim was likely targeted.


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