DeKALB – Police are searching for two suspects who tried to rob a UPS driver while implying they had a weapon Friday afternoon.
Police responded to a call at 12:44 p.m. in the 900 block of Ridge Drive in DeKalb. The caller said two black men in their early to mid-20s claimed they had a weapon, although no weapon was displayed.
DeKalb police Sgt. Bob Redel said the suspects demanded money and merchandise in the parcels in the UPS truck, but they didn’t get anything. No one was hurt during the attempted robbery.
The suspects were last seen on foot heading east toward the 800 block of Ridge Drive. One man was about 5 feet 10 inches tall and was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt. A taller man about 6 feet tall was wearing a dark jacket that may have been gray or black with white leatherlike sleeves.
Although the incident happened off campus, Northern Illinois University issued an advisory telling residents to temporarily avoid the area while police searched for suspects.
It’s the second armed robbery reported this week. Two people reported being robbed early Sunday morning after they said two black men displayed a handgun. No arrests have been made in either case, and police don’t believe they’re connected.
Police encourage anyone with information about the incident to call 815-748-8400, or call DeKalb County Crime Stoppers at 815-895-3272.
– Nicole Weskerna