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Blow darts used in attacks

CHAMPAIGN -- With 7,000 students moving in Thursday, UI Police are taking extra precautions to keep them safe.
CHAMPAIGN -- With 7,000 students moving in Thursday, police are taking extra precautions to keep them safe. Several attacks have happened on campus this week. Just Tuesday night, two people went to the hospital after being hit with blow darts. 

Thursday, the streets will be full of freshman on campus for the first time. Each year, the UI steps up patrols, but in light of these attacks, they're stressing the importance of simply paying attention.

This is what happened to the first victim hit Tuesday night. A dart came out of nowhere and pierced the 20-year old. Then, just a few hours later, a man was hit in the 300-block of First Street.

Police say a lot of times when these things happen it's dark, people are out alone, talking or texting on a phone. That's not the way to stay safe.

Lieutenant Skip Frost said the campus is safe, but not crime-free.

"People need to be focused on the fact that crime can and does occur and that we're all in this together. No matter how many uniforms I put on the street, we aren't going to be on every corner."

Both victims in this case were treated and released, and are doing okay. Police are investigating. The suspects haven't been caught on video, because there aren't security cameras in the area.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers. 

Champaign County Crime Stoppers
(217) 373 - TIPS
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