UPDATE: Peoria Police say a 16-year-old male is in custody Saturday in connection with a string of armed robberies near Bradley's campus. In a press release, Peoria Police Information Officer Amy Dotson confirmed they identified the young man using surveillance footage and descriptions from victims. The suspect was then located by police on Saturday and taken into custody without incident.
It is believed that the suspect in custody was involved in multiple armed robberies, and that he was not acting alone. Police are still investigating those incidents and ask anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at (309) 673-9000 .
PEORIA (HOI) -- Recent criminal activity, some involving armed robberies, around the Bradley University campus are being committed by the same people, officials said Friday.
The incidents happened after dark, when the victim was walking alone, according to a press release from university officials. Information gathered by surveillance video and victim reports revealed the information concerning the recent incidents.
In several cases, the individual was walking to a vehicle from a building.
"Bradley police continue to work closely with Peoria police to track down the individuals in question. We ask for continued community support," according to the release.
Bradley police is asking for anyone with with information to contact 309-677-2000.
Recently, city and Bradley leaders held a meeting to discuss and implement increased security around campus.
"Bradley is enhancing some safety measures and adding new ones in an effort to keep campus safe. We also have numerous safety resources available to the campus and want to encourage our students, faculty and staff to use these resources," according to the release.
The university is asking students to not walk alone in the dark.