On Oct. 29, 2019, at approximately 2:45 p.m., Champaign Police and the United States Marshals Service with assistance from the Bloomington (Illinois) Street Crimes Unit arrested Tyson M. Biggers, 41, of Champaign, in Bloomington, Illinois. Biggers was apprehended while attempting to escape from a second-floor residential building. A firearm with an extended magazine was recovered during the arrest.
On Oct. 25, 2019, an arrest warrant was issued for Biggers for the offense of Armed Robbery with a Firearm. Bond on the warrant was set at $750,000. Biggers was transported to the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office where he is awaiting future court proceedings.
Champaign Police identified Biggers as the suspect in two armed robberies to a local business in the 200 block of West University Avenue. The first occurred on Oct. 19, 2019, at approximately 5 p.m. and the second on Oct. 24, 2019, at approximately 3:44 p.m.
In both the Oct. 19 and Oct. 24 incidents, the investigations revealed the suspect entered the business, brandished a handgun and held the clerk at gunpoint. In both attempts, the suspect fled after obtaining an undisclosed amount of currency. No injuries were reported to police and the suspect did not discharge a firearm during the commission of either robbery.
The Champaign Police Department would like to thank the Champaign County State’s Attorney’s Office, the United States Marshals Service and the Bloomington Street Crimes Unit for assisting this investigation.
Although an arrest has been made, the investigation is ongoing and anyone with information about these robberies is asked to please contact police at 217-351-4545. Arrangements may be made for information to be shared privately. If you wish to remain anonymous you may also submit tips to Crime Stoppers by phone at: 217-373-8477 (TIPS); online at 373tips.com; or the “P3 Tips” mobile app.
Champaign Police reminds citizens that information submitted to Crime Stoppers is completely anonymous. Calls are routed to a third-party national call center that receives your information, completes a tips information form, and then passes the information to the appropriate law enforcement agency. Caller ID tracking is not utilized by Crime Stoppers and conversations are not recorded.
All individuals are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.