Campus / Campus Safety / News / September 9, 2017

Attempted robbery occurred near Seymour Union

An attempted robbery happened near Seymour Union, according to an alert sent to the campus via the Knox College Campus Alert System.

Campus Safety received a call about the robbery at 12:54 a.m. on Sept. 9. According to the alert, which was sent at 1:55 a.m., the student was walking across campus toward the south side of Seymour Union when at least four black male subjects, who were unfamiliar to the student, approached. A subject described as being 5’10’’ and wearing a blue hoodie asked the student if he could use their phone. The student declined and headed into the building, and was then struck in the back of the head. After fleeing into Seymour Union, the student called Campus Safety. No weapons were observed being used.

According to the email, the Galesburg Police Department responded to the area after being contacted, with the assistance of Campus Safety. The student declined any medical treatment, although it was offered.

In the email, Campus Safety advised students to remain alert, travel in groups, walk in well-lit areas and limit exposure to persons not well known.

Campus Safety also asked that any student who has information or has had a similar experience to contact the Campus Safety Duty Officer at 309-341-7979 or GPD can be reached at 309-343-9151.

An anonymous report form can be found at

This is a developing story. Check back to for updates.

Erika Riley, Editor-in-Chief
Erika Riley is a junior majoring in creative writing and minoring in journalism. During her sophomore year, she worked as a news editor, and during her freshman year, she worked as a layout editor. She is the winner of the 2017 Ida M. Tarbell Prize for Investigative Reporting and the recipient of First Place Front Page Layout from the Illinois Press Association in 2016. Twitter: @ej_riley

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