Vehicular Hijacking – Intersection of Prospect Ave & Olympian Drive

Champaign Police were dispatched at 7:19 p.m. on October 5, 2022, to the intersection of Prospect Avenue and Olympian Drive for a report of a vehicular hijacking that had just occurred. Upon arrival, officers found a 67-year-old male victim from Champaign who reported that he had been rear-ended by an SUV before pulling over to exchange information. After pulling over, the SUV’s occupants exited their vehicle wearing masks to hide their features, then exposed a firearm and demanded the victim’s money. After he complied, the subjects struck him in the face with the weapon. The subjects then fled, taking the victim’s car and their SUV from the scene. They were last seen heading westbound toward Interstate 57. The stolen vehicle is described as a gray Toyota Avalon with license plate ZZ64404. The victim reported minor injuries, including a broken tooth.

The hijacked vehicle was reported to area law enforcement agencies, including the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office and Illinois State Police. No arrests have been made at this time, and the investigation is ongoing. Future updates may be provided as they become available.

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